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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.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pizza dough or 1 package store bought pizza dough
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 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

Instructions

  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 1/2 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 1/2 inch border and gently press the mixture into the dough. Fold about 1/2 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 1/2 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 1/2 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.