Easy Recipe for Italian Sausage Bread

by Sebastian Manning

Giving a new twist to the traditional combination of sausages and bread, here's a mouth-watering Italian sausage bread recipe that you can prepare in your own home. This bread recipe uses ready-made pizza dough, but if you have more time on hand you can prepare the bread dough yourself as well.

On your shopping list, you will need:

- 1 regular pizza dough

- 1/2 kg of Italian sausages

- 1 teaspoon, or about 5 grams, of red chili flakes

- 5 grams of diced parsley leaves

- 5 grams of diced thyme leaves

- 150 grams of chopped onions (1 cup)

- 10 grams of yellow cornmeal

- 5 grams of chopped garlic

- 350 grams of grated mozzarella cheese

- 1 regular-sized egg

- 2 tablespoons of water

- 5 ml of olive oil

- Salt to taste

Prepare your oven before cooking the stuffing:

- Preheat the oven to 180C.

- Take an 8x12 inch bread pan and baking sheet, and dust half the cornmeal inside it.

To prepare the stuffing:

- In a non stick pan, heat the olive oil over a gentle heat (you may use standard refined oil, but Italian and olive oil typically go together).

- Put the sausages in the pan and allow them to cook for a period of time so that they are cooked all the way through and brown on top. Turn regularly in between to ensure they cook evenly.

- Add the onions and let them cook for a few minutes till they are soft and transparent.

- Add chopped garlic and let it cook for 1 or 2 minutes.

- Add the chopped thyme and parsley leaves to the mix and let them cook for a minute.

- Add some salt and stir so that the sausages are coated with the herbs.

- Add the red chili flakes, mix again and remove from the heat.

- Let the mix cool before using.

For the bread loaf:

- Thaw the pizza dough.

- Sprinkle the leftover cornmeal on a leveled surface and knead the dough over it to a 10x14 in. rectangle.

- Mix the egg with water.

- Use the egg-water mix to brush the sides of the dough (an inch on each side).

- Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on the prepared dough.

- Spread the sausage and herb mix on the cheese and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over it.

- Roll the dough over the mix in a jelly roll style and seal the edges well.

- Brush some of the egg-water mix on top.

- Bake in the pre-heated oven for approx. forty (40) minutes 'til the top crust is glossy golden brown in color.

- Cool the bread on a wire rack then cut in slices to serve.

You can serve this Italian sausage bread with butter, salsa or even as a side dish with gravy.

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