Nana's Sausage Bread

"My grandmother used to make this bread as an appetizer for holiday dinners. Its also a great dish for a light supper or super bowl parties, etc. It is not as difficult to make as it may sound. Each loaf will yield 6-10 servings depending on how large you mke the slices."
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins
2 loaves




  • In frying pan, brown sausage over medium high heat.
  • Drain drippings and let cool.
  • Mix 2 eggs, basil, fennel seeds and mozzarella into cooled sausage and set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine 5 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  • In small sauce pan, heat water, milk and butter until hot to the touch (about 125°), and stir into dry mixture.
  • Mix in only enough of the reserved 1 cup of flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 8-10 minutes).
  • Cover dough and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half, set one half aside.
  • Roll half the dough into a 6" x 18" rectangle.
  • Spoon half the sausage mixture evenly over the dough to within a 1/2 of the edges.
  • Fold the dough over the sausage filling and overlap the dough by about 1 1/2", seal seam and ends by pinching dough together.
  • Carefully transfer filled dough to a greased baking sheet in a horseshoe shape.
  • With a very sharp knife or razor, make slashes in the top of dough about 1/2" deep and about 2" apart.
  • Repeat rolling and filling with remaining piece of dough.
  • Beat remaining egg and brush over both loves of bread.
  • Lightly sprinkle 1 TB of Locatelli or Parmesan cheese over each loaf (optional).
  • Cover loaves and let rise until doubled (about 40-50 minutes).
  • Bake in preheated 375° oven for about 25-30 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from baking sheets and cool slightly.
  • Serve warm.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Bread can be made a day ahead of time and then warmed in the oven before serving.

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  1. Margie Brock
    This was sooooo good. Made it and took to camp for a progressive dinner and everyone loved it. Had to make several. Great recipe. Thank you.
  2. Liara
    This was really good!! I halved the recipe and used 1 cup of whole wheat floor. Skipped the fennel seeds (cause i don't like them). Much easier to make than I thought it would be. Thanks Dee!
  3. NewPaltzChef
    Really good basic recipe. We were trying to copy a sausage bread we loved from a famous Cape Cod bakery. Therefore, we substituted cheddar cheese and hot Italian sausage. The recipe carried it off beautifully. The bread itself was tastier than I have found in any Pizzeria. It was savory and crisp on the bottom. The DH Said he would like to eat it once a week. The DS called it "soldier bread" because you can cut a slice, put it in your pocket, and be ready to hike over a mountain. This bread is indeed the kind of stuff your grandma would like for you to eat!
  4. LAURIE W.
    Wonderful recipe. You can tell grandmom made this with love. Thank you.
  5. RecipeNut
    Enjoyed this recipe! Used fresh Parmesan on top. Thanks for a tasty recipe Dee ; )


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