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sweet italian sausage and basil bread

Recipe by
Cathie Valentine
Graniteville, SC

This recipe is very versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer, a side to Italian dinner night, or bring to a party. (best if served warm so may have to borrow your friend's oven to finish warming before you slice it) You could use breakfast sausage, and change up the spices (sage for example) and serve for breakfast. The kitchen is your palette to create your masterpiece!

yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sweet italian sausage and basil bread

  • 1 pkg
    johnsonville sweet mild italian sausage
  • 2-3 c
    shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tube
    refrigerated pizza dough
  • 4 oz
    softened cream cheese
  • 10-12
    leaves of fresh basil (or 2 teaspoonfuls of dry)
  • 1 lg
  • other dried spices can be used (your preference)

How To Make sweet italian sausage and basil bread

  • 1
    Remove sausage from casing and crumble. Place in skillet and brown on medium heat removing all pink. Take out and drain on a few paper towels.
  • 2
    In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil, and sausage. Use a spoon to mix together well. Note: if using dried spices, rub them in the palm of your hand to bring out their aroma.
  • 3
    Take a baking sheet and place your pizza dough on it. Form a rectangle. Add the mixture evenly onto the pizza dough leaving a 1 inch border mixture free.
  • 4
    Roll the dough tightly to make a "Jelly roll" . Press the seam and close the sides so the mixture will be sealed inside. Next turn the roll over so the seam is on the bottom.
  • 5
    Whisk the egg just enough so it is mixed well. Brush it over the loaf.
  • 6
    Place baking sheet in preheated 350* oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Bring out of oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before slicing the loaf.

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