Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

Today’s recipe is in honor of a sweet cheesy baby, and no, I’m not talking about myself again.

Instead, we’re celebrating the impending arrival of a sweet new baby for one of my favorite food bloggers (I wrote about her in this list of 5 Food Bloggers I’m Following Now), Sarah of Snixy Kitchen.

Sarah is a true food lover. Her two cats are even named Artichoke and Aioli, so it comes as no surprise that the new addition to her family has been nicknamed #CheesyBabyGirl.

She’s a woman after my own heart.

So in honor of this new cheesebaby, and the fact that today is National Cheese Lovers Day (ironic? I think not!) I’ve created a recipe for you today that does indeed contain cheese. Ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese.

Plus sausage.

And garlic.

And spinach, because heaven forbid I should cook anything that doesn’t have a spate of color in it.

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

About the recipe

We start this recipe with pizza dough for our bread. Chewy and tender, it’s the perfect vessel.

You could use store-bought dough if you like. Or, you can make your own from scratch (this is my favorite tutorial that I refer to every time I make it). Or, you use one of these handy dandy pizza dough kits like the one I used today. The kit makes it so easy, and the dough…so soft, so supple.

In fact this dough was so perfect I didn’t even have to use my big rolling pin to spread it out. I simply massaged it with my fingers into my rectangle for rolling. If your pizza dough springs back when you try to roll or massage it into place, simply let it rest for 5-10 minutes so the gluten relaxes. Then go back and give it another go.

As I’ve mentioned on many an occasion, I’m a big, big fan of sneaking in a little healthy when I can because my cheesebaby aka Smudge, isn’t much a fan of the spinach. We’re weaning her in (“Oh yes you WILL eat it young lady!”) so when I can add it here and there and not have her eating it straight up with vinegar (“It’s not that I hate it, but I just really don’t like it,”) or sautéed with garlic (“It’s okay, but it’s just not really that good,”) it’s a win win for all of us.

See what you have to look forward to Sarah?!!!

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

Mozzarella is mixed with herbs and a beaten egg. Why an egg? The egg acts as a binder, keeping all the ingredients together instead of running all over the place.

Then the sausage dump. It’s all mixed together and tops the pizza dough and is then rolled into place and transferred to a baking sheet topped with parchment paper.

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

A quick brushing of olive oil with oregano gave the crust a pretty tawny color.

I was craving an extra garlicky punch so I borrowed a technique from my Killer Garlic Rolls (also made with pizza dough) and with about 10 minutes of baking remaining, I bathed my cheesy sausage roll in a garlic-infused olive oil and then sprinkled it with a dusting of parmesan cheese.

Simple Roasted Tomato Sauce #recipe on

I can’t eat pizza dough without dipping it into something so my roasted tomato sauce was the perfect solution.

Ranch dressing would have also been a good choice if I was reliving my college days. Aw, hell. Who am I kidding? I still love the Ranch for crusty dipping.

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread is an easy appetizer for a crowd |

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #foodiecrusheats.

Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread
Mozzarella cheese and sausage are baked into rolled pizza dough for an easy appetizer for a crowd or main meal for the family.
Serves: about 10-12 slices
  • 1 recipe pizza dough or 1 package store bought pizza dough
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1½ teaspoons oregano, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1½ teaspoon oregano, divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Add the pizza dough to a large bowl coated lightly with olive oil. Add the dough to the bowl, turn once or twice to coat with the olive oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Set in a warm spot and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, crumble the sausage into the pan. Crush the fennel seeds between your fingers and sprinkle over the sausage, then add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Stir in the baby spinach leaves and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the beaten egg with the ½ teaspoon oregano and the garlic salt. Stir in the shredded mozzarella cheese. Add the sausage and spinach mixture and combine well.
  5. Place the pizza dough on a counter topped with a dusting of flour. Roll or massage the pizza dough into a rectangle about 10 inches X 14 inches so that the long side faces you. Spread the sausage and cheese mixture onto the dough leaving a ½ inch border and gently press the mixture into the dough. Fold about ½ inch of the short side into the middle. Working on the long side closest to you, roll the dough into a log and pinch the seam into the dough, placing the log seam down on the parchment paper then moving the parchment to a baking sheet.
  6. Brush the dough with 1 teaspoon olive oil mixed with ½ teaspoon oregano. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. While the dough is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ½ teaspoon oregano and the garlic cloves. Remove the pizza bread from the oven and brush it with the olive oil and garlic mixture, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for and additional 10 minutes or until the crust is golden. Remove from the oven, brush with the remaining garlic oil and sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and serve warm with Roasted Tomato Sauce.

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Happy #CheeseBabyGirl!

As I mentioned at the top of the blog, today’s post is to honor Sarah of the blog Snixy Kitchen and her new bun in the oven. Sarah is about to bust out a baby girl, one she has affectionately dubbed her #cheesebabygirl.

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Congratulations Sarah, to you, your husband and that new cheesebaby who you’ll happily nibble on with wine, crackers or just on her own.

In honor of Sarah’s sweet and cheesy tendencies, a group of food bloggers have created a plethora of tasty recipes all in the vein of cheese or sweets, or both.

Learn more about Sarah and her baking habits here and hop over to the following food bloggers recipes for lots of amazing foodie inspiration.

Cheesy Things

Vegetarian ‘Ventures – Pimento Mac & Cheese Bites

MJ and Hungryman – Cheese Stuffed Kimchi Pancakes

Savory Simple – Cheddar Chive Crackers

the briny – Smoky Beans n’ Greens Enchiladas with Roasted Sweet Potato and Sunflower Seed Cheese

Half Baked Harvest – Greek Falafel Melts

Healthy Nibbles & Bits – Japanese-Spiced Goat Cheese Ball with Pistachios

Just Putzing Around the Kitchen – Cheesy Fried Spinach & Artichoke Bites

My Natural Kitchen – Brazilian Cheesy Thyme Popovers

Vanilla And Bean – Almond-Sage Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Gruyere

Fix Feast Flair – Mixed Greens Salad with Lilikoi Vinaigrette, Honey Macadamia Nuts, and Goat Cheese

Foodness Gracious – Avocado Feta Bowl with Couscous Grilled Chicken and Charred Corn

Will Frolic for Food – Vegan Walnut Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

Sweet Things

the pig + quill – Mini Vegan PB+J Cheesecakes

The Kitchen McCabe – Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes + Honeyed Chevre Whipped Cream

The Little Epicurean – Matcha Mochi Waffles Sundae

Shared Appetite – Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Mousse

The Pancake Princess – Vegan Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie

The Food Charlatan – Lemon Bars {gluten-free}

Kale & Caramel – Spiced Caramel Chocolate Nut Clusters

Cheesy & Sweet Things

The Bojon Gourmet – Blood Orange & Corn Flour Ricotta Cake with Whipped Mascarpone {gluten-free}

HonestlyYUM – Sweet Cheese Puffs (for a Sweet Cheese Baby)

fit for the soul – Queso Mais Ice cream {No-Churn}

Completely Delicious – Chocolate Orange Ricotta Scones

Good on Paper Design – Citrus Ricotta Mini Cakes {gluten-free}

Floating Kitchen – No-Bake Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache Layer {gluten-free}

Hungry Girl por Vida – Gluten-Free Pretzel Goat Cheesecake Bites

Heartbeet Kitchen – Roasted Citrus Bowls with Honey Mascarpone

Salted Plains – Pavlova with Mascarpone Coconut Cream and Candied Citrus

The Kitchen Paper – Candied Citrus Ricotta Cake

le jus d’orange – White Cheddar and Apple Mini Pies with Cinnamon-Infused Honey

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