This post is a sponsored post on behalf of al Fresco.
Spring is SUCH a busy time of year in our household with end-of-the-year activities, birthdays, sports practices and games! Weeknights can be challenging when it comes to meal planning and feeding the family on a tight schedule, so I always fall back on some of my tried and true meal planning staples. I am happy to share one of our go-to weeknight meals— Chicken Apple Sausage Flatbreads!
Flatbreads are a regular on our meal plan because they require minimal prep and all 3 boys (and the parents) love them! You can prep the ingredients or the whole flatbread ahead of time, so all you need to do is pop it in the oven and serve. Does it get any easier?! There are so many different variations you can do with flatbreads depending on your protein, sauce, veggies and other toppings– making them a great choice for the picky eaters in your family. You can even get the kids involved and let them help choose the toppings!
One of our family favorite flatbreads features delicious al fresco chicken apple sausage (if you haven’t tried it yet– go get some NOW!). The boys love chicken sausage and the Sweet Apple variety has a great flavor that works so well with this recipe. They are also pre-cooked which means less prep time and not worrying about checking meat temps! With 70% less fat than traditional pork sausage, they are also a healthier option for dinner time.
When I make flatbreads, I use store-bought naan bread to save time, but if you prefer making your own dough or using prepared pizza dough, that works fine too— just allow more time for prepping this pizza! I use white alfredo sauce for the base (I use store-bought) and then top it with browned sausage slices, caramelized onions, an asiago/parmesan cheese blend, and sliced Fuji apples. To finish it off and add some color, you can garnish with some finely chopped Italian parsley. The chicken apple sausage (flavored with Vermont maple syrup), caramelized onions, and Fuji apples are a great sweet balance to the salty Parmesan/asiago cheese mix!
If you want to prep ahead, I recommend slicing the sausage and onions the night before or morning of as it will make getting this pizza on the table that much faster! If you are really ambitious, you can go ahead and caramelize a batch of onions ahead of time and store them in the fridge. Prepping ahead also makes it easier for you to get the kids involved with putting the pizza together– just portion out the ingredients into small bowls and let them have at it!
Ready to get started making your own Chicken Apple Sausage Flatbread? Here’s how to do it: