I am always on the look out for yummy recipes to prepare for my family and friends. I especially like recipes that are not only unique and delicious but also super easy to create. As much as I love gourmet meals I don’t have the time, skill or money to prepare them. That is why I enjoy recipes that have a gourmet appeal to them but are simple and budget friendly to make.
Recently I learned about a Sausage Crostini recipe made by using Jimmy Dean fully-cooked Hearty Sausage Crumbles. I haven’t noticed the crumbles in the store, in fact, I never heard of them until now.
When I saw the photo of the recipe I knew I had to try it out with my family.
Doesn’t it look good?
Here is the recipe.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 2 loaves French bread (8 ounces each), each cut into 15 slices
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 pkg. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 pkg. Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Regular Roll Sausage, cooked, crumbled, drained
- 1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
- ⅔ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh basil
- 1½ teaspoons finely chopped rosemary (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush both sides of bread slices with oil; place in single layer on baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until both sides of each bread slice are lightly toasted, turning after 4 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, sausage, mozzarella cheese, red pepper, onion and basil in large bowl. Stir in rosemary and cayenne pepper, if desired.
- Top bread slices with sausage mixture.
- Bake 7-10 minutes or until topping is thoroughly heated. Serve warm.
Substitute 1 pkg. Jimmy Dean® Hearty Original Sausage Crumbles for Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Regular Roll Sausage.
Sausage mixture can be made ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 24 hours before using as directed. You can substitute ¼ cup melted butter instead of the oil.
Yields 30 servings (1 Crostini each)
I have to admit that I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but it still turned out delicious. For example, I forgot to add the cream cheese. I also didn’t mix the mozzarella cheese in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. After the bread was toasted and I mixed the other ingredients together I sprinkled shredded mozzarella on the bread, then topped it with some of the mixture, then topped it with some more shredded mozzarella cheese.
I also swapped basil with oregano because I didn’t have any basil handy. And I used a red onion.
Here is my version of the Sausage Crostini.
My Sausage Crostini is also pictured at the very top of this post.
My family could not get enough of these. They were so god that everyone begged me to make them again. I fully intend to make the again the next time we have a family get together (hopefully soon!). I think these could make a meal too if paired with homemade soup and/or a garden salad. They are very filling.
I have never seen or heard of the Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles until now. Now I am trying to think of other recipes I can make using them. I love that they are already cooked. That saves a lot of time.
I was thinking of how I could make a sausage and scrambled egg crostini? I wonder if something like that would work? That would be great to serve on Christmas morning – or any morning for that matter.
The crumbles are convenient too in case you wanted to toss a few in to an omelet, scrambled eggs or even a salad. My son even suggested trying them in macaroni salad. Sometimes I made mine with bacon bits and/or hard boiled eggs. My son wants me to try it with the sausage. I must say that does sound good.
There are other recipes on the Jimmy Dean website that would be great for the holiday season (and beyond!) including Sausage Cornbread Stuffing. Personally I want to try the Sausage and Thyme Mushrooms with Raisins. I’m not sure about the raisins, but the rest of the recipe sounds good.
I love mushrooms. I might even gobble these all up before I had a chance to serve them to anyone.
If you are looking for even more recipes and inspiration check out their Pinterest page. Be forewarned – there are A LOT of great food photos on their Pinterest boards.
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