Crostini alla Salsiccia – Crostini with Sausage
Summertime in Italy means great savory foods. Appetizers are as much of a meal as entrees. Crostini are flavorful and their preparation is quick and simple. When the temperature is high and the appetite is light they can be satisfying meal with a bottle of good wine.
Ingredients for 12 crostini:
1 lb. (450 gr.) sausage (I suggest Beer Bratwurst)
75 gr. of Mascarpone
75 gr. Cream of Brie
1 Filone (the filone can be day-old)
I suggest the beer bratwurst because it is the closest to northern Italian sausage even though it does not contain Parmesan cheese. Any soft and creamy cheese can be used as long as it is not sweet.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the bread in slices about ½ inch thick and place on a baking pan.
Remove the casing from the sausage and place in a skillet over medium heat. Do not cook completely. The meat should turn grey but not braised. This will take about 6 minutes from the first sizzle.
While the sausage is cooking, in a bowl mix the two cheeses with a fork until the consistency is creamy and uniform.
Drain the grease from the sausage and add the sausage to the mixture. Mix together and taste for salt.
Spread the mixture on the slices of bread and place in the hot oven for 15 minutes.
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