Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sausage Loaf

Sausage Loaf.  Most of the time when I talk about this, people look at me like I'm nuts.  I'm sure it can be called anything, Sausage bread, sausage calzone, whatever....

It takes only 3 ingredients to make sausage loaf.  1)  Pizza Dough.  2)  Sausage.  3)  Eggs.

And that's it.  It's SO easy....Yet for some reason, it's often not made.

On Sunday, I made some Homemade Pizza Dough....As I mentioned, we had a family party, and I felt like I needed to bring something.  I made the sausage loaf once before (for a previous party with the same family) and I don't think anyone touched it....I think some people are afraid to try something new.  So I decided that I would make this for us for dinner, and I made Spinach Pie to bring to the party instead.

In any case, it's incredibly easy to make this....And it's so delicious.

Take a pound of hot sausage and remove from the casing (you can also buy it in bulk, if you prefer).  Cook up the sausage in a skillet, and make sure you break up the meat well.  You don't need to add any oil to the pan, there's plenty of fat already in the sausage.  Once the sausage is cooked, drain out any extra fat, and add in 2-3 beaten eggs.  Stir everything together and cook until the eggs are good and cooked.  You don't need to any ANY seasonings here - there are plenty of seasonings already in the sausage.

Cooking up the sausage!

Sausage and egg, ready to go!

Remove the sausage mixture from the stove (I transferred onto a large plate) and allow it to cool down.  In the meantime, take your pizza dough and spread some out on the counter in order to get ready for the sausage mixture.  I spread out enough dough for 2 loaves, and let it sit and rise a bit while the sausage was cooling.
Two pieces of dough, spread and rising, waiting while the sausage mixture cools

Once the sausage mixture is cooled, spread half onto each piece of dough and get ready to roll!!

Spread the sausage mixture onto the dough, leaving room around all of the edges

Fold in the two sides, first.  If the dough is really dry, put a little bit of water on the top so that the dough can stick together

Roll the bottom up, ensuring that there are no holes for the sausage to escape!  Roll 'er up!!

Rolled and ready.

Transfer the loaves to a greased/oiled baking sheet (I put two per sheet) and cut small holes in the top of the loaves to allow for the residual heat to escape.  Spray a bit of oil on top, in order to allow for the tops to brown.  Bake at 425* for 20-25 minutes, until cooked throughout and beautifully browned.

Two loaves, ready to go!  (I made the slits on the top with a pair of kitchen scissors)
Beautifully browned loaves!


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