Sausage Crostini {Crostini con Salsiccia} + Blog for a Cause

If you’re looking for a simple yet scrumptious appetizer I have one for you!  When it comes to appetizers crostini are my go to, especially in a crunch. Everyone loves them, and why not they’re delicious, very filling and bonus points for being extremely economicable {well that’s unless you’re topping yours with white truffles and obviously since I’m not rolling in the dough we’re not ; ) }

We’re topping ours with sausage. Johnsonville sweet Italian sausage to be precise and gobs of delicious Kerrygold cheese. It takes just a few minutes to cook up in the pan and then you pop it into the oven to bubble up. Leaving you plenty of time to  go and change your clothes and primp or leave a comment on your favorite blog ; )

I am a big fan of Johnsonville sausage. That’s not a secret. They ONLY make sausage and they do it well. On top of having a fantabulous product they’re a fantabulous company. I’m happy to be partnering with them to “Blog for a Cause”!

A few weeks back I {along with some of my blogging friends} was invited to Wisconsin {home of Johnsonville} to learn more about their Blog for a Cause program.  Thanks to their generosity, I will be able to support a local cause. There are so many causes that need help. Food is something that is naturally close to my heart. I wanted to choose a cause that helped to support feeding those in my local community.

I have chosen Faith Baptist Church’s Food Pantry. Once a month, their food pantry is open to the public. 300+ families come near and far to be given basic essential food needs {free of charge} that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide to their families. This food pantry is such a blessing and I am thrilled to be able to help them.

So how does this Blog For A Cause work?

That’s where YOU come in. All you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post that mentions ANYTHING you’ve ever made with sausage and Johnsonville will donate $50 for each comment left, up to $1000 {which will buy a whole lot of FOOD}. That’s it. All you have to do is leave ONE LITTLE COMMENT.

On this day before Thanksgiving, I’m incredibly thankful that I have a platform where I can help my community in a small way. I am thankful to Johnsonville for their generosity and thankful for you readers for helping me raise $1,000 for such a wonderful cause.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Disclaimer: Johnsonville paid for my expenses for my trip to Wisconsin. However, I was not compensated for this post. My opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

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Sausage Crostini {Crostini con Salsiccia}
What you’ll need:
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil {plus additional to drizzle}
1 package Johnsonville sweet Italian sausages – casings removed
1/2 cup Kerrygold Dubliner cheese -grated
1 teaspoon fennel pollen spice
loaf of Pan Bigio – sliced thickly
1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf Italian parsley – roughly chopped, optional

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium saute pan add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add sausage. Crumble with back of wooden spoon. Cook through. Add cheese, fennel and season with salt and pepper.

3. Place slices of bread onto a baking sheet. Spoon sausage mixture onto slices. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes OR until cheese is bubbly.

4. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 51

    Oh my gosh how good does this look! I have cut back on meat a lot over the last two years, but sausage is the one meat I have a hard time resisting. I love broccoli rabe with sausage, especially this time of year! And our Thanksgiving stuffing has sausage in it and is my absolute fave! Great post!! AND recipe!!

  2. 52

    Paula, somehow I missed this post or I would’ve commented on this wonderful Blogging for a Cause campaign (and your delectable sausage crostini!) I hope it’s not too late.

    Just made my favorite Italian sausage pasta dish during the holiday — penne tossed with tomato sauce (jazzed up, of course!), gobs of browned sausage, sauteed onions, an assortment of marinated olives, grated Parmesan, and a ton of Mozzarella melted over the top. Simple & delish. Tell Johnsonville thanks!

  3. 53

    i LOVE my mom’s breakfast casserole. it’s one of my favorite things about the holiday season.

  4. 54
    Wendy Lynch /

    I love using sweet Italian sausage to make spaghetti sauce!

  5. 55
    Caroline Patterson /

    I just discovered your blog and I love it! This blog for a cause is great. I use Johnsonville sausage for my favorite soup!

    Toscano Soup (slow cooker)

    2 medium russet potatoes or several red potatoes
    1 lb Johnsonville Spicy Italian Sausage
    5 ½ cups low sodium/low fat chicken stock or broth
    2 cups chopped kale
    ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    ½ cup cream or evaporated milk


    -Cut potatoes into ½ inch cubes. Place in slow cooker
    – Brown sausage in non-stick skillet, breaking it up as it cooks
    -Add sausage to slow cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients, except cream or evaporated milk.
    -Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
    -15-20 minutes before serving add cream or evaporated milk and cook until soup is heated through.

  6. 56

    Several favorite sausage recipes include the following:
    Sausage, Peppers and Onions Sandwich
    Breakfast Casserole with Sausage
    Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
    Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

    Bon appetit!

  7. 57

    When you are short on time, pan fry any kind of potatoes, with sausage, peppers (your choice) and onion (your choice). Pan fry the potatoes until half way done. Then add the sausage. When you see that the sausage is almost done, add the peppers and onions. This is a 1 pan dish. Fast, simple, and filling.

  8. 58
    Cristina /

    mamma mia che meraviglia

  9. 59

    Definitely sausage and peppers over linguine. Mmmm…tonight’s dinner!

  10. 60

    great recipe!!!! 🙂


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