March 11, 2010

French Bread Pizza with Sausage and Broccoli

French Bread Pizza with Sausage and Broccoli - Another tweaked Rachael Ray recipe.  I'll get over this kick soon enough, I'm sure.
French Bread
1/2 lbs sweet italian sausage (we cooked a whole lb and saved the rest to stuff portobellos later)
1 cup ricotta
1/3 cup milk
salt and pepper
dried oregano, thyme, whatever you like on your pizza
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 head of broccoli, coarsely chop the florets 
shredded mozz

Toast both sides of the french bread under the broiler for 3 minutes on each side.  Brown and crumble the sausage on medium high then set aside on a plate/paper towel to drain.  Meanwhile, mix together ricotta, milk, salt, pepper, and dried herbs.  Just eyeball the seasoning.  Drain most of the grease from the pan, lower the eat on the burner, and add the garlic and red pepper flakes.  Allow the flowers to infuse the oil then toss the broccoli in it.  Spread the ricotta mix on the french bread, top with sausage, then broccoli, then shredded mozz.  Put it back under the broiler until the cheese is brown and bubbly.  

We served this with watercress topped with grapefruit and avacado.  I just made my own dressing with a touch of white vinegar (because that's what Matt wanted), lemon juice from half a lemon (because that's what I wanted), salt, pepper, one clove of garlic minced, and then enough olive oil until it tasted right.  What a beautiful salad!

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