Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Recipe

Broccoli Brunch Braid

By Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl

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Joanne's Story

I made this recipe this year for our Easter Brunch. Everyone loved it. I found the original recipe on the Pillsbury website but changed it up a bit. It's easy to make, delicious and makes a beautiful presentation.


1/2` lb
sweet italian sausage (bulk)
2 c
frozen broccoli cuts
egg, beaten
1 Tbsp
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1/2 c
ricotta cheese (i used part-skim)
1 c
shredded cheddar
2-3 Tbsp
grated parmesan or romano cheese
1/2 Tbsp
dried parsley flakes
container sliced mushrooms
1 can(s)
pillsbury crescent rolls (i used seemless)
egg white, beaten
1/4 tsp
caraway seeds

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Brown the sausage in a skillet breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Remove and then saute the mushrooms (you may have to add a little oil to the pan.) Set aside to cool.
Cook the broccoli per directions on package. Drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the egg then whisk in the flour and baking powder. Stir in the cheeses, mushrooms, broccoli and sausage. Season with the parsley.
Roll out crescent rolls to form a 14 x 10 inch rectangle. (If using regular crescent rolls, press perforations and edges to seal.
Place dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Spoon the sausage mixture down the center of the rectangle in a 3 1/2 inch strip. Cut the sides of the dough in 1 inch strips up to the sausage mixture. Fold strips up and over the sausage mixture at an angle to give it a braided effect. Brush with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with the caraway seeds.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool 5 minutes then cut into slices. (Be sure your guests see it before you cut it...they will be very impressed ;-)

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Judy Wisniewski danalex2
Mar 6, 2013
Made you braid tonight meatless with spinach instead of broccoli we had my homemade chicken soup with it always a big hit with the family !!!
Judy Wisniewski danalex2
Mar 6, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl
May 14, 2012
Yes, Judy...that sounds wonderful. I love taking a recipe and making it my own. Love the pepperoni and mozzarella idea!!! You go girl.....
Judy Wisniewski danalex2
May 14, 2012
Joanne, I have to say this was the hit of the brunch yesterday, I did use the spinach, sesame seeds and also asiago cheese instead of cheddar. I am thinking I may make it with mozzarella and pepperoni for a quick dinner, it was so easy, thanks for sharing!!!
Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl
May 12, 2012
Sounds wonderful!!!!!!!