Ingredients (to serve 2 or more):
4 oz. mild Italian sausage
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (6 1/2 oz.) can chopped clams, undrained
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
8 - 12 slices Italian bread
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Tip: Almost any kind of cheese will work in this hearty dish. Try Mozzarella, Asiago, Provolone, Romano, or Cheddar.
Preparation (25 minutes plus 15 minutes baking time):
1. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Add mushrooms, milk, oregano, pepper, and clams. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese.
3. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and spread sausage-clam mixture evenly over the bread slices. Sprinkle with parsley and remaining cheese.
4. Bake in a preheated oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.