Serves 6 to 8
Prep Time: 45 minutes
With its golden braided top and sesame seed topping, this bread looks like it’s much more difficult to make than it actually is. I often make this the day before we leave on a trip, since it is easy to eat in the car. It makes a hearty, delicious choice as a Super Bowl party recipe as well. Plus the recipe is very versatile. I sometimes use sliced ham and cheddar cheese instead of the sausage and cream cheese called for in the recipe. Or if you don't have any sausage, try using cooked hamburger meat seasoned with 1 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika for the sausage.
- 1 pound bulk pork sausage
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds, for topping
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, celery, green bell pepper and garlic until the pork is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; use a large spoon to break the pork into small pieces.
3. Drain the meat, then add the cream cheese, green onions, and parsley. Cook, stirring, over low heat until the cheese is melted; set aside. (Or if you prefer, instead of mixing it in,
dab the cream cheese on top of the meat mixture in step 4, as shown in the photos.)
4. Roll the bread dough out onto a greased 10 x 12-inch cookie sheet. Spread the sausage mixture in the middle of the dough, leaving 3 inches of dough uncovered on both of the long sides and 1 inch uncovered at the other ends. On each long side, cut 3/4-inch-wide strips 3 inches into center of dough, right up to where the filling starts.
5. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle, forming a braid over the filling. Crimp the ends of the dough to close the ends of the braid.
6. Brush the dough with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool slightly and cut into 1-1/2 inch slices. Enjoy!
-- Recipe from Family Feasts for $75 a Week