Sausage Bread


Flavored with herbs and garlic and stuffed with sausage and gooey cheese, this slice-and-share Sausage Bread is party food at its finest. And it's a cinch to make, thanks to prepared pizza dough (look for it in the bakery section at the supermarket) and garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese (such as Boursin). Hot or sweet Italian sausage will taste great in the filling, and you can substitute chicken or turkey sausage for the pork, if you prefer. Rolling the dough into a jelly roll shape is easy: Start on one long side and roll it up in sections, tucking in the ends as you go to keep the whole thing sealed. When you're ready to bake it, be sure to place it seam side down on the baking sheet. You can serve Sausage Bread with pesto or warmed jarred marinara sauce for dipping if you'd like, but it is delicious all on its own, with no sauce.

Sausage Bread
Photo: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 pound fresh prepared pizza dough, at room temperature

  • 1 (6.5-oz.) container garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese

  • 2 cups pre-shredded Italian blend cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high, stirring often with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces, until sausage is browned and thoroughly cooked, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove sausage to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

  2. Roll or stretch pizza dough into a 13- x 9-inch rectangle on a large piece of parchment paper or work surface. (If dough is too elastic, allow to stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes.)

  3. Spoon cheese spread onto prepared dough rectangle, and spread in an even layer over top, leaving a 1/2-inch border around all edges. Top cheese spread layer with an even layer of crumbled sausage, shredded cheese, and parsley. Starting at 1 long side, fold dough over in half so long ends meet, pinching edges together to seal. Place filled dough roll on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, seam side down. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes, covering with aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand on pan 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, and cut bread using a bread knife.

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