Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yummy Sausage Bread

Growing up, my mom often made her own whole wheat pizza crust for our traditional Friday night pizza dinners. Somewhere along the way, she started making sausage bread to change things up a bit. This stuff is so good! We even took it on long road trips to snack on in the car. Since Alex isn't sentimentally attached to the recipe like I am (read: he's picky!), I decided to make it for myself while he's out of town.

Sausage Bread - total prep & bake time: 30-45 minutes

1 pkg refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 lb ground sausage (or turkey sausage)
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
Marinara sauce

Personally, making homemade dough without a bread machine (like mom did) sounds too complicated, so I opted for Pillsbury thin crust refrigerated dough. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook sausage, drain grease from pan. Roll the dough out onto a rectangular cookie sheet. Sprinkle half the cheese longways down the center of the dough. Sprinkle sausage on top of the cheese, then add spinach and remaining cheese. Sprinkle the top with garlic powder.

Fold the dough over the filling and seal up the ends of the dough, forming a long roll. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into slices, dip in marinara and enjoy! It looks like this baked a little too long, but once it cooled down, it wasn't even crispy. My mom's dough was chewy, which I liked better than the refrigerated dough.

Aren't my photography skills amazing?! It's almost embarrassing how sorry these pictures are...Anyway, there are so many different ways to change this recipe up. You could leave out the spinach and add peppers and onions, or use pepperoni instead of sausage. My mom always made a plain sausage and cheese one for me and my brother and one with veggies for her and my dad. A co-worker used Steak-ums and made a philly cheese steak version and dipped it in A1 sauce. There are endless possibilities! I hope you enjoy it like I do!


  1. That looks delicious! My mom makes something similar, and I love it!

  2. Your mom was just telling me about this recipe the other day, so I'm glad you posted it. I think your pictures are great, but this is coming from someone who can't take a decent picture to save her life!