Barbecue Sausage French Bread Pizzas

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 24-inch loaf soft French or Italian bread

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

6 ounces smoked sausage, thinly sliced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 green or red bell pepper, sliced

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 8 ounces)

1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

Chopped fresh cilantro, for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500˚. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Trim the ends from the bread, then cut into 4 equal pieces; split each piece in half. Arrange the bread cut-sides up on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Mix 3 tablespoons olive oil with the garlic and oregano. Brush the oil on the cut sides of the bread, then season with salt and pepper. Bake until lightly toasted, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup barbecue sauce and cook until the vegetables are glazed, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Combine the Monterey Jack and cheddar in a medium bowl. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture on each bread slice, then top with the onion-pepper mixture, sausage and remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 8 minutes. 
  5. Microwave the remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce in a microwave-safe bowl until warm, about 30 seconds. Drizzle on the pizzas and sprinkle with cilantro.