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.


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. 1

    Love it on my pizzas!

  2. 2
    Amanda /

    These look delicious!

    And I love making a good sausage kabob, myself. (:

  3. 3

    Oh wow Paula, this looks so good! My favorite thing to make with sausage is stuffed mushrooms!

  4. 4

    In my meat-eating days, my favorite dish was shells tossed in garlic, olive oil, broccoli and sausage. My mom used to make it and man…was it good. You’re awesome Paula…for doing this and just in general. 🙂 oxox

  5. 5

    I love making my mom’s stuffing with sausage, apples and pecans!

  6. 6

    I love using Johnsonville Sausage in my dishes. The meat always kicks the flavor up a notch. My favorite way to use sausage is by adding it to my pasta dishes. I make a tasty pasta with peas, pearl onions, sausage, and cheese sauce. Yum!

  7. 7

    What a fabulous project!! I love that you have been able to choose a cause that’s important to you, and what a fabulous choice!! My favorite dish to put sausage in is my recipe for roasted stuffed kabocha squash. The stuffing is made from sausage, panko bread crumbs, apple, goat cheese, and other goodies. Nom, nom, nom!

  8. 8

    We love Johnsonville! In fact, we ate it last night with Orecchiette and 4 Cheese tomato sauce. Yum!

  9. 9

    A great project, for a great cause. I love Johnsonville with pasta, last week we had it with pumpkin sauce!! DIVINE!!

  10. 10
    Christy /

    These look amazing!! This time of the year, I always enjoy making sausage balls for the holidays.

  11. 11
    Linda Ingo /

    We love Johnsonville on Pizza and sometimes in soup too!!

  12. 12

    I think this is a fantastic project. It is so kind of you and Johnsonville Sausage to team up together and help out Faith Baptist Church’s Food Pantry. My favorite way to eat sausage is how my mom made it when I was growing up. Sausage, peppers, a loaf of crunchy bread…perfection:)xo

  13. 13
    Tracy /

    Pizza for my non-veg. family.

  14. 14

    These look awesome. YUM!

  15. 15

    This looks delicious, Paula! My favorite recipe with sausage has to be sausage gravy and biscuits, but you know that’s how this Southern girl was going to roll. 😉

  16. 16

    Such a wonderful project. There are so many families in need and we donate almost every month.
    My favorite way to eat sausage was my grandma style. Sausage, mustard sauce and freshly baked crusty bread

  17. 17

    Tough call – I’m between egg strata, mmm, and kale with white bean stew (originally found here:

  18. 18
    Meghan /

    I love sausage stuffing!

  19. 19

    our favorite is on a grilled pizza, so good!

  20. 20

    Looks fabulous!!

  21. 21

    I love sausage and am surprised I don’t have more recipes featuring it, but I do have this one, it’s with Chicken Apple Sausage easy and delicious!

  22. 22
    Lisa Bailey /

    Oh baby, everyone in my family will love these. My favorite sausage recipe is your spiedini with fig preserves! thanks.

  23. 23

    Sausage is on our menu at least once a week…so perfect in pasta!

  24. 24
    Lisa Bailey /

    And my favorite sausage recipe is bellalimento’s sausage spendini (kabobs) with fig preserves. It’s a family favorite.

  25. 26
    Amy Evans /

    Always a hit is in a breakfast casserole, add some cheese and veggies of your choice. In fact the one I made this morning disappeared in 30 minutes:-)

  26. 27

    This is so easy – since I am next door to WI and do indeed use Johnson sausage products. Last week – it was sausage cheese bread. This week it’s apple-sausage stuffing! Grand cause. I’ve been thinking today how fortunate I am to have the means to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends.

  27. 28

    What a great cause! Your recipe looks so delicious! I love sausage in savory bread puddings, stuffing and breakfast casseroles.

  28. 29
    Veronica Perry /

    That looks yummy, as usual! 😉 I like putting sausage in my spaghetti or meatloaf, just to give it a little kick. But my favorite will always be with anything eggs & cheese!

  29. 30

    I love Sausage in my pasta dishes. It’s gives everything such an incredible flavor!

  30. 31
    Matisa /

    This is wonderful for Johnsonville to do Paula! We love to have sausage, a can of drained, diced tomatoes and green chilies mixed with cream cheese as a dip with tortilla chips at all our family gatherings!

  31. 32

    Great cause, Paula. The first time I ever cooked with their sausage was when I made jambalaya for my friend, flush out of college. Love this.

  32. 33
    Molly /

    The crostini takes me back to wonderful Tuscan festas…mmmm! Tonight, savory herb and sweet Italian sausage crumbles went into the marinara sauce and onto the linguine fine. (Also mmmm!)

  33. 34

    I love making omlettes with sausage for my husband! Good for you, Paula!

  34. 35

    I love that being a blogger can ‘pay it forward’ to the community! Thank you Johnsonville!

  35. 36
    Tonya Mangum /

    Great idea Paula!!!

    For our non-vegetable eaters, I hide vegetables (possiblites are endless) inside and no one is the wiser.

    The sausage is so packed with flavor it hides some not so popular veges.


  36. 37

    I once made a sausage hotdog!

  37. 38

    I repinned this today and had no idea it was yours! looks fantastic.
    Torn between my fav sausage recipe being pizza or meatball soup. So fun and different from eachother.

  38. 39

    My favorite way to have sausage is actually on a supreme pizza!

  39. 40

    This looks scrumptious! I’ll definitely have to make these for one of our Christmas parties.What a wonderful cause…I like shrimp and andouille succotash, Johnsonville makes some nummy andouille.

  40. 41

    Great cause! I just used sausage in my Thanksgiving stuffing. Love your recipe!

  41. 42

    These crostini look wonderful. We have so many recipes that we love to use sausage in. They are great chopped up in frittatas.

  42. 43

    I LOOOOVE sausage. In smoky soups, on top of pizzas, in omelets. loooove it.

  43. 44
    Stephane Smith /

    I love this! Great Job Paula:) Now for my favorite way to use sausage (other than in breakfast dishes)…I love to make my mother-in-laws sausage/chicken/wild rice with mushroom soup..This will heat up your inside on a cold night!!

  44. 45
    Joann /

    Just made some delicious stuffed mushrooms on Thanksgiving, using sweet Italian sausage. YUM !!

  45. 46

    We love sausage with pasta! 🙂

  46. 47

    I’m a vegetarian so veggie sausage for me!

  47. 48

    My husband loves it on pizza.

  48. 49

    Now this is my kind of bread topping. I love how it is a meal if you just add a salad on the side I am set. thanks for sharing.

  49. 50
    Serena /

    Mmmm! That looks great. I like to use Italian Sausage (hot and spicy) in my spaghetti sauce or blended in with meatballs. Turkey sausage is my preferred choice.

  50. 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!!

  51. 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!

  52. 53

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

  53. 54
    Wendy Lynch /

    I love using sweet Italian sausage to make spaghetti sauce!

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 58
    Cristina /

    mamma mia che meraviglia

  58. 59

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

  59. 60

    great recipe!!!! 🙂


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