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Ciabatta Bread Pizza with Fontina, Sausage and Fresh Sage

Last night I was experiencing one of those instances where I knew I wanted something to eat but didn’t want to eat the same old thing.  After some serious pondering I realized whatever I made had to include the loaf of Ciabatta bread that was soon to go bad.  So I landed on Ciabatta pizza with sausage, onions, fontina cheese and sage.    Now I am all about making my own dough, but I will tell you that the Ciabatta bread works just as well. The only thing I would do differently would be to toast the bread first. The pizza was absolutely delicious but did become a little soggy from the sauce. So toasting it beforehand would eliminate that issue. Otherwise this was a really simple and tasty dish that I know you’re going to love….

You will need:
1 loaf of Ciabatta bread cut in half horizontally
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
½ lb sweet sausage
1 ¼ C grated fontina cheese
½ C fresh grated parmesan
¼ C fresh chopped sage
3 C pizza sauce
Preheat your oven to broil
Place your olive oil in a large frying pan and bring to medium heat.  Add your sausage and cook until it becomes slightly crispy but not burned.  Next add half the fresh sage and cook for an additional minute.  Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside. To the same frying pan add the onion and sauté till the edges become browned and then remove from the heat. 
Place the Ciabatta bread on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until it becomes brown and lightly toasted.  (Keep an eye not to let it burn)
Remove the Ciabatta from the oven and reduce the heat to 450. Next spoon the sauce evenly on both sides and then repeat the same process with the cheese, the onions and then the sausage.
Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over both sides and place back into the oven for 10-12 minutes or till the top becomes bubbly and slightly golden. 


Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining sage. Last but not least- cut and enjoy!

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Anne@frommysweetheart says:

Holly! I am glad to see you back more! I love your recipes and this looks awesome. I can just imagine, with the fontina (which I love) it is so cheesy and chewy! Thanks for the tip on toasting the bread first! Look forward to trying this! : )

Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) says:

YUMMY! I want this right now. So glad you are enjoying the Bittman book, he really is my idol!! Maybe one day I will get him to respond to one of my tweets/emails!! :)

Carolyn says:

I can imagine ciabatta would work perfectly as a pizza crust!

WineDineDivas says:

Great idea to use older Ciabatta! Made a sausage Pizza on Naan bread before, but will try your way…

Christine's Pantry says:

Can't go wrong with pizza.

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