Easy Appetizer: Sausage & Cheese Bruschetta

In Tuscany, the region in Italy where my mom is from, there are a few staple appetizers that you’re most likely to see at a dinner table: crostini neri, bruschette, formaggi e affettati – those will almost never fail to appear. Crostini neri are a full on tradition and they’re the Italian version of jewish chicken liver pate (and better tasting, imho, but then again, I’m definitely bias), but what I want you to try out is the maybe less famous, but oh so delicious “crostini salsiccia e stracchino”.

They’re super easy to make and you will fall in love with them – but let me warn you, finding the right ingredients might prove an adventure. If you’re in NYC, the ingredients might be a little easier to find, but are still not always available. The bread is up to you, the traditional would want a tuscan style bread (which is baked with no salt, to enhance the foods paired with it), but I often use a sliced ciabatta or baguette and they turn out delicious anyways. Now to the hard ones to find: real Italian style sweet sausage and stracchino (or crescenza) cheese. I would recommend to go to your local Little Italy or Italian Market and cross your fingers like I always do. If you’re in NYC I suggest Agata & Valentina or Di Palo for the cheese, and Pat La Frieda for the sausages (which are so far my fav sweet Italian sausages – perfect for risotto or a nice broccoli and sausage lasagna). If you were in luck and you have all you need… here’s how easy the “recipe” is!

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Ingredients
2 sweet italian sausages
1 package of stracchino (or crescenza) cheese
pepper
bread, sliced

Step by Step

  1. Place the slices of bread on an oven tray (cut the slices so that they’re not too big, like bruschette!)
  2. Mix together the raw sausage (casing removed), the cheese, and a bit of pepper if you want. Make sure it’s all well combined
  3. Spread each slice of bread and bake in oven at 350F for 10-12 minutes
  4. Use the broiler for the last 5 minutes to make the top crispy
  5. Serve right away!

Hope you do give this a try and let me know how you like it!

 

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