This delicious Cheesy Sausage Bruschetta is the perfect accompaniment to any grilling or bbq meal. Lightly grilled bread topped with a mixture of sausage, peppers, onions and shredded cheese, then baked. The perfect appetizer or side dish idea.
One of the most delicious and mispronounced dishes in the Italian cuisine. The ch in this word is pronounced as a k and not ch. I have had a lot of bruschetta in my time here in Italy from a Classic Tomato to a simple oil and garlic type. But I have to say this is one of our favourites. More like a meal than a side dish, filling and simple!
How to make it
Thinly slice the onion and bell pepper. Chop the sausage (without the casing) into small bits. In a medium to large frying pan add a little olive oil, minced garlic, thinly sliced veggies, sausage and spices.
Cook until tender and sausage is browned, stirring occasionally. Once it is cooked, move to a clean bowl to cool, then add the shredded cheese.
Grill the sliced bread, either on a pan grill or bbq. Then top each slice with the sausage topping, I added a little extra cheese on top, because can you ever have too much cheese? Then place in the hot oven and bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
What is the best bread to use?
A baguette, rustic bread or even your favourite Italian bread work well. Anything but sliced bagged bread. It’s the perfect way to use up any day old bread you have in the house.
What is the best cheese to use?
I used a medium firm goat cheese, it gives the perfect bite to the ingredients. If you prefer you could use a firm mozzarella, parmesan cheese, fontal, Swiss or even gruyere.
How to serve it
Depending on what type of Bruschetta you are serving I would add the topping on the grilled bread slices just before serving. This helps prevent the bread from becoming soggy, or you can always serve everything separately and let your guest help themselves. Unless of course you are making a hot bruschetta, then it should definitely be served straight out of the oven.
Where does Bruschetta originate?
Bruschetta was considered a poor dish, originally from Tuscany. Often bruschetta was the whole dinner for the lower class. They used stale bread and seasoned it with simple ingredients, such as oil, garlic and ripe tomatoes.
Over time, bruschetta spread to other regions such as Piedmont, Calabria and Puglia and of course the rest of the world.
How to store it
This is definitely one dish that should be eaten immediately, if you do have leftovers, be sure to store in an air tight container and keep refrigerated. Best to eat it within a day.
More Related Recipes
So if you are looking for a new idea on making your next Bruschetta, why not give this Cheesy Sausage Bruschetta Recipe and let me know how you like it. Buon Appetito!
Cheesy Sausage Bruschetta Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 clove garlic (minced)
- 2 Italian sausages (casing removed and chopped into small bits)
- 1 cup bell pepper (thinly sliced / red, yellow or green or a combination) (106 grams)
- 1/2 medium onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1-3 pinches salt
- 1-2 dashes black pepper or hot pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup cheese* (shredded)
- 6 slices grilled bread
*I used a medium firm goat's cheese, it gives the perfect bit to the ingredients. If you prefer you could use a firm mozzarella, parmesan cheese, fontal, Swiss or even gruyere.
- Thinly slice the onion and bell pepper. Chop the sausage (without the casing) into small bits. In a medium to large frying pan add the olive oil, minced garlic, thinly sliced veggies, sausage and spices.
- Cook on medium heat (uncovered) until tender and sausage is browned, stirring occasionally. Once it is cooked, move the topping to a clean bowl to cool, then add the shredded cheese and stir to combine.
- Pre-heat oven to 375F (190C). Line a medium/large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Grill the sliced bread, either on a pan grill or bbq, place the slices on the prepared cookie sheet. Divide the topping between each slice of bread. I added a little extra cheese on top. Then place the sheet in the hot oven and bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve immediately. Enjoy!