By Popular Demand: Sausage Bread

25 Dec

Sausage bread has been, by far, the absolute most requested recipe I’ve heard about since I started this website project.  “When are you going to do sausage bread?” everyone asks.  My mother, cousins, brother– they all have weighed in.  I’ve been waiting until the Christmas holiday to post it, since this is a mandatory food item on our table this time of year.  Hot and cheesy with the kick of Italian sausage, it is great as a Christmas Eve appetizer, Christmas day breakfast addition, or leftover for lunch.  It’s also a super-delicious gift for friends.

Hot from the oven

Sliced and ready to eat

SAUSAGE BREAD (Serves a crowd)
3T olive oil
2T butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 package bread dough (we buy it from the deli counter)
1lb Italian sausage meat
1/2lb provolone or mozzarella cheese (or a mix of both!)
1/2C grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1-2T olive oil

Heat oil and butter in skillet and saute onion and garlic until onion is transparent.  Add sausage meat and break up in pan, stirring and cooking until meat is no longer pink.  Drain off excess fat and set aside.

Knead bread dough on lightly-floured cloth for about five minutes.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.

Roll dough into a large oblong about 1/4 inch thick.  Brush with olive oil.  Cover with meat mixture and spread to edges of dough.  Sprinkle with cheeses and salt and pepper.  Starting at long end, roll up tightly, tucking in sides.  Seal with water.  Shape ito a half circle and place on to a lightly greased baking sheet (or use a silpat).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.  Let cool slightly before slicing.

Seriously, we love it.  As I type this Christmas afternoon, my brother is requesting it reheated for a snack this very moment.  Mangia!

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