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img_5738I make “Sausage” Bread for Thanksgiving morning and again Christmas morning. It is tradition, and you don’t mess with tradition. If you are a lacto-ovo-vegetarian (eat eggs and dairy) keep reading, there are options for you too.

The original recipe came from Nichole, my sister-in-law. I modified it somewhere along the way, as have my sister and my brother to suit their families tastes. My mom follows the original recipe with great results. I still have the piece of paper I wrote Nichole’s instructions on carefully hole-punched and added as a page to my cookbook binder.

Although, it is difficult to mess up I will give you my modified recipe and below that Nichole’s original recipe. It has truly become a family recipe and it makes me feel connected and happy to know that even when we are apart at the holidays, wherever they are my entire extended family (mom, sister, brother and sister-in-law from my husband’s family) is having some form of this bread for breakfast with their families on Christmas morning.

My “Sausage” Bread Recipe


2 large loaves frozen bread

2 cups grated Mexican blend cheese

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (the powdery kind in the green can)

1 lb ground turkey (substitute veggie crumbles if lacto-ovo vegetarian)

4 eggs

1 medium onion diced

garlic salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tsp sage

1/4 tsp red pepper (more if you like spicy sausage)

Night before Prep Bread: Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet. Spray top of loaves with cooking spray or rub some cooking oil on top. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise overnight. Will be big and puffy by morning. If you forget –follow package directions to quickly thaw and rise using oven. You could also omit this step and just pop 2 cans of Italian loaf dough. 

Night before Prep Meat: Saute onions in a tablespoon of butter. Add the ground turkey to onions, add spices (sage and red pepper) to make it taste like sausage. Brown the meat with the onions and allow to cool before placing in ziploc bag. Store in fridge overnight.

Morning of: Beat eggs. Add cheeses, garlic salt and pepper to the eggs and stir. Set aside. Tear the dough loaf open from the middle of each loaf and spread dough out. Spoon turkey mixture in a long stripe down the middle and top with cheese mix. Fold dough back over the filling and seal, flip over. Make 3 tiny  ventilation slits in top.

Here it is in all three stages.  open with filling (top left), folded over (right), ready to bake (bottom left):


NOTE: Sometimes my bread rises very large, so usually I only put two loaves to rise per sheet. I only let these rise about 5 hours so they are not quite as big and all three fit for this picture. 


Original Sausage Bread Recipe:

1 large loaf frozen dough

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the kind from the green can)

1/2 lb sausage

1/2 lb ground chuck

2 eggs

1 medium onion/diced

8 oz sliced portabello mushrooms

garlic salt


Night before: Place loaf on a greased cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise overnight. It will be big and puffy by morning. If you forget –follow package directions to quickly thaw and rise using oven.

Either morning of, or made before hand and refrigerated in a ziploc: brown sausage and hamburger, push to the side or remove and saute onions and mushrooms in drippings. Mix all together and heat through and then drain.

Morning of: Beat eggs, add cheeses and 12 shakes of garlic salt 1/2 tsp pepper.

Spread dough out on cookie sheet and spoon cheese mix down the middle and top with sausage mixture.

Fold dough over and seal edges, flip over. Make 3 small slits in top.

bake at 350 degree for 45 minutes or until brown.


Make Ahead instructions:

Regardless of which version you make, you can bake these loaves ahead of time. Just allow to cool and then wrap in tinfoil and then plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to two days. When ready to use remove plastic wrap and place tinfoil covered loaf on a cookie sheet or directly on rack at 300. Allow to heat through. If desired, peel back tinfoil and allow to crisp up for 2 minutes before removing from oven. If it is an informal PJ morning, simply cut slices and microwave individual portions for 10 seconds.

Next time someone asks me for the recipe I can send them right here, so this post is also about convenience for me.  hahaha.  Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!