Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pesto Sausage Flatbreads


One of the perks of being a stay at home mom is that I get to make myself lunches like this. Warm, melty, delicious sandwiches...(really, the only kind of sandwiches worth eating...!) I started making a version of this a couple years ago, shortly after my life as a stay at home mom began. Lunchtime quickly became my refuge in the midst of crazy, chaotic days...and it felt important to make myself something delicious and satisfying - a reward for making it through another morning!
I would wait until after the kids were tucked away for naps, and I would make myself a grilled open face bagel sandwich with pesto and cheese. And on especially good (or bad...depending on how you look at it) days, I'd have some tomato soup to go with it.


I never really thought about the fact that most people don't get to enjoy such tasty lunches (or I guess I just forgot)...until I had a friend over for lunch in the middle of her work day. She was AMAZED by the luxuriousness of it all and reminded me that her typical lunch was a Greek yogurt and an apple...eaten at her desk. When you put it that way, I guess a melted cheese bagel with pesto is luxurious!


It has been my go-to lunch when friends stop by, on lazy weekend days, and anytime I need a little comfort. So when my family asked what was for dinner the other night....and I literally had NO IDEA....this sandwich came to mind.... And since I always try to have delicious ingredients on hand (even if I have no idea how I'm going to use them) I was in luck!

Here's what I used:

  
Pesto Sausage Flatbreads
  • 1 package (6 ct) Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Tandoori Naan (any flatbread will do)
  • 1 package (19.5 oz) Jennie-O Hot Italian Turkey Sausage, cooked
  • 1 jar (6-8 oz) basil pesto
  • 1 package (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place flatbreads on a large baking sheet. Divide toppings evenly among them. Each flatbread will be topped with approx. 2 Tbsp. pesto, 1/3 c. Italian sausage, 1/3 c. shredded cheese, and 3 tomato slices.
3. Heat in oven 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are beginning to brown.






I have to admit....having this for dinner, with 3 crazy kids yelling and screaming and climbing under the table, felt a little less luxurious than I had imagined.

That's why I had to have it again the next day.  :)



Looking for another delicious dinner idea? Check out my Chicken Spinach Artichoke Pizza!



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-Cathy


24 comments :

  1. This looks amazing...I have pinned it, tweeted, and G+!

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    1. Thanks so much, Holly!! I appreciate it!

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  2. Wow, this is so tempting! Got you from Alderberry's link up party. Thanks1

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  3. This looks SO good! I think I'm going to add this to my list of recipes to try!

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  4. This looks delicious! Pinning now :-D

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  5. Oh my goodness! This is making me hungry! :-) Coming over to visit from "How To Tuesday Link Party." Please stop by and link this up with my "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I'd love to have you join us! :-)

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  6. Oooh, this looks yummy! My friends who work outside of the home are always surprised that my lunches are more than PB&J or fast-food, too. LOL

    If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

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  7. This looks so delicious! I think I have to get the ingredients and make it for lunch..

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  8. Wow, this looks so, so good! Pinned!

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  9. yum. great idea...great combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  10. This looks amazing! I just found an awesome recipe for flat bread that would work awesome with this! I can't wait for spring now! Thanks for the recipe! Pinned! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  11. Oh, this looks so delicious and easy! My kind of meal! Just pinned. :) Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.
    XO
    Kathy

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  12. I am not a cook, but I love how I could seem like an expert chef with this recipe!! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

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  13. Yum! This looks so good. I would absolutely love this! I'm pinning it for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm visiting from Shine on Fridays link up and am now following your blog vis GFC and Facebook. Have a great week!

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  14. I'm pinning this later. It looks great! SO glad you join us each week at Pinworthy Projects.

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  15. What a great idea! I am always looking for something to have when someone stops by for lunch.

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  16. Found your recipe at the What’s Shakin’ Link Party. This flatbread looks amazing. We love pizza in our house and this would fit right into the rotation. I would love to have you link this up at http://www.chefnotincluded.com/2013/03/chefs-day-off-6.html

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  17. Yum! I think I will pin this. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. We used to make something like this when I was a kid. I love these. Take care, Linda

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  19. Haha, I know what you mean about getting the kids down for nap and treating yourself to lunch. I do the same thing during the day when my son goes down :)

    Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

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  20. I am speechless after seeing these pictures! I love them all! I teach kindergarten and I'm going to make a theme, and photographs have given me so many ideas! You are so talented! Thanks!
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  21. This looks really good but I'm not seeing how long you cook it and do you do it in the oven? I've tried to bake other "sandwiches" and always get them to hard - thanks and I can't wait to try this (along with all the yummy desserts you have on here).

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      I just re-wrote the recipe with some better instructions. Sorry about that!! Not sure why I didn't include them to begin with. The nice thing about these flatbreads is the ingredients are already fully cooked, so the oven is really just to melt the cheese. That definitely helps keep the bread from getting too hard!! Hope you enjoy these if you decide to try them! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. :)
      Cathy

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