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Sausage Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Pizza dough: 2 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 367kcal
Sausage Bread is always one of the first items to go when we serve this to guests for a game-day gathering or party, or even just a fun weekend stay at home. Making the easy homemade pizza dough is awesome, but you can easily go with fresh dough purchased from the store or your local pizza/Italian joint. The onions and sausage can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
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  • Large sturdy skillet or Dutch oven for the onions
  • Baking sheet (lined with parchment paper)


  • 1 medium pizza dough
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 2 medium yellow onions peeled and cut into strips
  • 8 oz Italian sausage about 3 links, hot or sweet, casings removed
  • all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese greated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • marinara sauce for serving


  • If making from scratch, make the pizza dough.
  • Melt 4 tbsp of butter over medium heat in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced and dark brown, about 40 minutes. Let cool and set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the crumbled sausage and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove excess grease, if necessary. Let cool and set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out to an approximate 10" x 15" rectangular, about ¼-inch in thickness (uniform thickness is more important than the size of the rectangle).
  • Melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter and brush it over the dough, leaving about 1 inch along the perimeters untouched.
  • Next, add the caramelized onions, sausage, and then mozzarella cheese.
  • Use your hands to roll the dough up starting on the longest side. Continue gently rolling until you've reached the end of the dough. Place the dough, seam-side down, on a baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, make an egg wash by combining one lightly beaten egg with 1 tbsp of water. Brush the egg wash all over the top and sides of the roll of bread. Sprinkle the top with extra grated Parmesan cheese and oregano.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until nicely browned all over.
  • Slice and serve at once with warmed marinara sauce on the side (or your favorite dipping sauce).


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The onions and sausage can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance.  Remember to resist placing hot onions or sausage on the unbaked dough. 
Remember to give yourself time to cook the onions, they will take about 40 minutes to caramelize and then another 15 to 20 minutes to cool down. 
The bread is best served fresh from the oven, but leftovers can be gently reheated in the microwave and will still be yummy. 
Unbaked sausage bread can be frozen for up to 1 month.  Thaw completely, and then bake for 30 to 40 minutes. 


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 416IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg