Garlic Bread Bowl with Spicy Pizza Dip

Garlic Bread Bowl with Spicy Pizza Dip

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Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 35 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 1 pound round loaf soft italian or french bread
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 large cloves garlic, 1 halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 10 ounces hot italian sausage
  • 1 16 ounce jar  pizza sauce
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
Directions
  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 400 degrees . Cut out the center of the bread, leaving a 1-inch border. Using your fingers, hollow out the bread to leave about 1 inch at the bottom.
  2. Place the cut-out bread on a work surface; cut into rectangular pieces to use as dippers. Place on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tbsp. EVOO; toss. Place the bread bowl on the baking sheet. Bake until the inside of the bowl is toasted, 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the bread bowl to a platter; rub the cut garlic on the inside. Toss the dippers again and bake for 5 minutes more. Transfer to the platter; increase oven heat to 450 degrees .
  4. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat; add the remaining 1 tbsp. EVOO. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Chop the remaining garlic clove; add to the pot. Add the sausage; cook, breaking it into chunks, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the pizza sauce. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 5 minutes.
  5. Return the bread bowl to the baking sheet; ladle in the sauce. Top with the 2 cheeses. Bake until the cheese browns, about 10 minutes. Top with the oregano.
  6. Nestle the bread bowl among the dippers on the platter.
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