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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ciabatta Bread Pizza

I hope your week is going really well, everyone! I have a recipe to share with you which is soo good!!!!! Especially on a night like tonight when I want to sit and watch my favourite TV shows and eat at the same time! I was watching Rachael Ray one day, and she made a GREAT ciabatta bread pizza. She used asiago cheese and broccoli rabe, which I am not a big fan of, so I took that idea, and made my own version and loved it!! I will for sure make it again, and again! So, here it is - enjoy it, K?

You will need:

1 loaf of ciabatta bread, cut in half, and then, sliced sideways so you are left with four "pizza doughs"
1 tub of ricotta cheese
hand full of fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
thawed, frozen spinach
Olive oil
2 italian sausages, out of casings, and crumbled up
2 bags of fresh mozzarella cheese (the ones in water), sliced
2 fresh tomatoes (or three depending on how large they are), sliced.
Fresh basil
dried oregano

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place your bread halves on a cookie sheet, crusty sides down. Brush your bread with olive oil. Place the bread in the oven and brown. Set aside.

In a pan, brown the sausage which has been taken out of the casing and crumbled. You may add olive oil to the pan if the sausage is not very fatty. Add salt and pepper.

In the mean time, in a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic (grated in or very finely chopped), salt, pepper, and the spinach (be sure you have rung out all the water from the spinach). Set aside.

Place the ricotta cheese mixture on the bread, spreading it to the edges. Then, place the browned sausage on top of the ricotta mixture. Place the tomato slices on top of the sausage, and then, top with the mozzarella slices and the basil. Drizzle some olive oil on the top, and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano.

Place the pizzas back in the oven just to melt the cheese, under the broiler.



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