Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sausage Bread

What starts like this

 and ends up like this?

Sausage Bread!

I needed a dish for our department Christmas party today.  I also needed to make some room in my freezer.  Figuring everyone would jump on "desserts" and "sides" I signed up under the "bread" category.  It's a pretty simple bread since the good folks at Bridgeford do all the hard work.  Add this recipe to your file and pull it out if you have a day's notice that you need to bring some bread to some event.  It also makes a delicious breakfast when you heat up a slice!

Sausage Bread
-1 package of Bridgeford frozen bread (or any equivalent that is about 9-12 inches long)
-1 package of ground sausage
-1 cup of Parmesan cheese

Follow package directions for thawing the bread loaf (just one of them).  Once it's thawed you'll need to let it rise (3-6 hours according to the package).  When the bread is nice and expanded preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cook the sausage on the stovetop until done.  Drain any grease.  Take a cookie sheet and line it with foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray (Pam).  Put your bread loaf on the pan and flatten it out until it makes a long rectangle.  Pour the ground sausage down the middle of the rectangle, and repeat with the cheese.  Using water to seal the edges, fold one side of the rectangle over to the other side, trapping the meat and cheese in the bread "tube."  (I think it helps to twist and tuck it under, essentially flipping the entire thing over so nothing falls out.)  It kinda stretches as you do this so it starts to make a "U" shape.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30ish minutes and try not to eat it, even though you may really want some.


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