Delicious Sausage Crostini Recipe plus giveaway (ends 12/9/13)


Sausage Crostini

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.

Sausage Crostini photo from the Jimmy Dean website.

Sausage Crostini photo from the Jimmy Dean website.

Doesn’t it look good?

Here is the recipe.

Sausage Crosini 

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)


  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, sausage, mozzarella cheese, red pepper, onion and basil in large bowl. Stir in rosemary and cayenne pepper, if desired.
  3. Top bread slices with sausage mixture.
  4. Bake 7-10 minutes or until topping is thoroughly heated. Serve warm.

Cook’s Tips:

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.

Sausage Crostini 1

Sausage Crostini 2

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.

Sausage and Thyme Mushrooms with Raisins

I love mushrooms. I might even gobble these all up before I had a chance to serve them to anyone.

If you would like to check out other great recipes visit www.JimmyDean.com. The recipe tab is found on top. You can also check out the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Jimmy Dean would like to give a lucky reader THREE (3) FREE product coupons so you can try out the crostini recipe (or any other recipe you’d like). Thank you Jimmy Dean.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this giveaway?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product coupons to try out the recipe. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. my husband has a recipe that he makes with these sausages and he serves them at a Christmas Eve gathering and at a few football gatherings.

  2. i want to win free jimmy dean coupons because we love sausage for breakfast and dinner recipes

  3. Oh yummy! I would love to win, just so I can try your recipe!

  4. Allison Downes says:

    I actually want to win them so I can try out this Crostini recipe. It looks really delicious! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  5. your recipe looks so good and makes me want to try them

  6. We feed the kids a warm breakfast on most mornings and sausage in some form or another is generally a staple of those meals.

  7. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would like to win the Jimmy Dean Coupons because that is the sausage I use in my families favorite Biscuits and Gravy.

  8. Debbie Jackson says:

    I would love to try various flavors to pick our fave.

  9. ellen beck says:

    I would love to win because we have loved Jimmy Dean products for years!

  10. I love their sausage, I use it in recipes all the time.

  11. I love breakfast sausage in breakfast burritos…and just about any breakfast bake and sausage gravy 🙂

  12. Joanne Gregory says:

    I love Jimmy Dean products!

  13. Georgette says:

    I love Jimmy Dean products—I can also fry up just about anything using their sausage and get my picky elderly dad to eat them! (Not an easy feat, believe me).

  14. Georgette says:

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  15. I don’t think I’ve ever had any Jimmy Dean products. Would love to try the recipe you shared. Looks delicious!
    Thank you!

  16. We use Jimmy Dean’s Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Crumbles regularly in our house! I’d love to have coupons for a item we buy often.

  17. We buy Jimmy Dean products and find them a good value. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. I use sausage to cook with in meals and just for breakfast.

  19. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d like to win because I like the Turkey Sausage Crumbles – thank you.

  20. Barbara Montag says: