Easily the most popular dish at a party I hosted recently, this "fondue" is terribly addictive. So addictive we actually made a second batch and had it for dinner the next night! We serve it with our Fat Free Herbed Bread Cubes and also frequently use low fat ingredients like fat free pizza sauce and cheeses and it always comes out great and makes for a healthy appetizer - or in our case, dinner! Any variety of pizza toppings can be used with excellent results. We like the added oomph of cooking onions and peppers (and in this example, sausage and mushrooms) and using it as a base for the fondue, but in a pinch just tossing together some sauce, cheese, and cooked ingredients is also great and super fast.
1/2 pound hot or medium Italian sausage
1 large chopped onion
1 large chopped red or green bell pepper
6 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 minced garlic cloves
32 ounces pizza sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons crumbled Italian herbs
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Fat Free Herbed Bread Cubes, bread cubes, crackers, or breadsticks
Brown the sausage in a large heavy skillet and drain most of the fat from the pan. Remove the sausage and set aside. In the remaining fat, saute the onions over medium heat until soft. Add the peppers and saute for a few minutes more. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute until the mushrooms soften and release their liquid. Add the pizza sauce, cornstarch, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture thickens. Add the cheeses and mix well. Keep warm over low heat, or in a fondue pot or crockpot until ready to serve. Serve with the bread cubes or other dippers.
Makes 6 servings.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes