This delicious garlic and sausage bread is good for an old-fashioned, Italian family sit-down.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Crumble the sausage into a saucepan over low heat; cover and cook until sausage is completely browned, stirring every 30 seconds; drain.

  • Place the bread on a baking sheet with the crust sides down. Arrange the cooked sausage evenly over both halves of bread. Top each with tomato slices, red bell pepper strips, mozzarella slices, green olives, and black olives.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

  • Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic in a bowl. Drizzle over baked bread halves.

  • Bake another 5 minutes. Cut into 2 inch slices to serve.

Nutrition Facts

646 calories; 40.1 g total fat; 61 mg cholesterol; 1346 mg sodium. 47.5 g carbohydrates; 23.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
This was AWESOME.... A few reviewerssaid that they couldn't keep the toppings on the bread... I bought the wider italian bread and scooped out some of the bread to make room for the fillings.. It was SOOOOooooo good... Pleased even the toughest palates.. And the Hot Sausage.. Not a big deal.. I bought the premio links and decased them.. and just fried it up like chop meat.. YUM!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/15/2011
this wan't even close to what I expected sorry it didn't taste good. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
This was AWESOME.... A few reviewerssaid that they couldn't keep the toppings on the bread... I bought the wider italian bread and scooped out some of the bread to make room for the fillings.. It was SOOOOooooo good... Pleased even the toughest palates.. And the Hot Sausage.. Not a big deal.. I bought the premio links and decased them.. and just fried it up like chop meat.. YUM!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
This was AWESOME.... A few reviewerssaid that they couldn't keep the toppings on the bread... I bought the wider italian bread and scooped out some of the bread to make room for the fillings.. It was SOOOOooooo good... Pleased even the toughest palates.. And the Hot Sausage.. Not a big deal.. I bought the premio links and decased them.. and just fried it up like chop meat.. YUM!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2008
Oh my goodness this is amazingly good!!! i'm giving this five stars despite the fact that i made a couple of changes but it's just because i'm sure it would be delicious as it is stated. I first broiled the bread for 2-3 minutes. Ok i know this totally modifies the recipe but i had to use hot dogs instead of hot italian sausage 'cause that's what i had on hand but next time i'm using the hot sausage. Forgot about the black olives and increased the amount of dried oregano to 1/2 teaspoon. Also omitted the olive oil 'cause i wanted to reduce the fats and i'll tell you i didn't miss it. We had this for dinner yesterday night and we're still raving..... Thank you thank you thank you Diane your papa is a genius! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
We used sweet italian sausage with the casing removed instead of the hot bulk pork and it was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2008
I really like this. Very simple to prepare and delicious. Also very filling. I was going to eat this with salad but the salad is on the bread! I was a bit flaky when I shopped for the ingredients as I ended up with fresh mozzarella instead of slices and regular sausage instead of hot. I also ended up with green olives with pimentos and looking back at the recipe I suppose it calls for just green olives. Anyway I really like the combo of flavors in this and am already thinking about how to make it less messy. It's kind of like an overtopped pizza or overstuffed sandwich--you can eat it with your fingers but everything keeps falling off. I like everything on this bread and I think you really have to because there are a lot of strong flavors! I like how it all goes together and I think that it would be wonderful to sub tapenade for the olives and toast the bread first so that you could put the tapenade the olive oil and balsamic sauce then the sausage and the remainder of the ingredients. I think it might make it a bit less messy and manageable. Of course part of it was my fault since I used fresh mozzarella and sliced it thicker than what purchased slices would be. Still the bread had a nice crunch on the bottom and I liked all the flavors together. I tossed on some diced orange bell pepper I had to use it up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
Delicious! Used a wide Vienna bread loaf sliced down the middle. Made two versions--per the recipe for my hubby and me and with bacon and no olives for the kids. Yum! The balsamic dressing really made it something special. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2011
This recipe is fantastic. I don't normally review recipes but I just had to with this one. I don't think I've ever had such a tasty meal. I did have to modify a few things. I didn't have bulk sausage so I took the casing off the hot italian sausage I did have. I used Hunt's canned petite diced tomatoes and they really added a lot of juice to it. I also used minced garlic from a big jar I had. I will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2011
My daughter and myself made this last night and it was delicious. Having leftovers for lunch right now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2012
Absolutely fantastic! I like the others will try to find a way to make it less messy so that I can justify serving it as an appetizer. I can't not share this wonderful recipe with as many people as I know. I may consider making a pizza dough from scratch and just piling all the ingredients on the dough like a calzone. Maybe cut back a little on the toppings. Other than that I can't tarnish this one by taking any ingredient away...Thanks for the amazing recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2010
I took this to an appetizer get together and it was a huge success! The mixture that you drizzle over it added soooo much flavor. I used roma tomatoes and cut slices thin. I also served the olives on the side for two reasons. I have friends that do not like them and they kept falling off the bread. My mistake was buying bread that was much too large. I ended up cutting it into 4 lengthwise pieces. I will definitely make it again with different bread. It would be great on flatbread as well. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/15/2011
this wan't even close to what I expected sorry it didn't taste good. Read More
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