Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas Recipes

Sausage Bread
by Beth Holland

My Mother would always make sausage bread for New Year’s Eve. We enjoyed it other times of the year too though! Something about the Holiday season brings back memories of sharing meals with family and this was always one of our favorite recipes! Now that I have my own home, I make this every now and again and plan to carry on the New Year’s Eve tradition! 

1 package yeast (or 1 tbs.)
1 cup warm water 
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbs. olive oil
2 – 2 ½ cups flour

1 lb. ground Italian sausage, cooked and drained
1 green pepper , diced
1 md. Onion, diced
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Mix yeast and water and let stand five minutes until frothy. Add sugar, oil, salt, and flour one half cup at a time. Mix until a soft ball forms. Lightly knead on floured surface for about five minutes. Place in a bowl and cover in a warm, draft-free place. (I usually heat my oven for just a few minutes, turn it off, and then place the dough inside to rise.) Let rise until it is just doubled in size. With floured hands, press dough out on a baking sheet into a long rectangle. With this recipe, I usually split the dough in half and make two loaves.

Preheat oven to 350. Sauté the onions and green peppers in a skillet until tender. Mix with ground sausage and then spread over dough. Top with mozzarella layer and sprinkled parmesan. “Jelly roll” the dough into itself to create a long “log” and press the edge to seal it. I usually lightly spray the top of bread with cooking spray sprinkle some Italian seasoning on top. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is just golden brown.

Beth Holland is my cousin-in-law, married to the next oldest grandkid (after me) Russell. Russ and Beth live in Wyoming with Russell's brother and sisters. 

They just celebrated their first wedding anniversary this month. We are thankful for this sweet addition to our family!

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