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!