This Sausage Bread might be the most versatile recipe in your recipe box! It’s perfect as an appetizer or a weeknight dinner recipe. You can even serve it on game day or take it along on picnics or potlucks!
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Crumbled sausage and cheese, cooked inside pizza dough, equals Sausage Bread, y’all!
With how versatile this Sausage Bread recipe is, you’ll always have a simple and easy recipe on hand for all sorts of occasions – and the ingredients can easily be changed up to whatever you have on hand or whatever you feel like eating.
One of the things I love most about this recipe is how versatile it is! I can almost guarantee that wherever you serve it, it won’t last long – so you might want to make two loaves! (I’m speaking from experience here.)
It’s also easy to add ingredients to make this even more filling! Sometimes, we like to add green bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms that have been sauteed in butter. Other times, we add pizza sauce – it’s a great change on pizza night! Tuck in some pepperoni instead of sausage for a new twist. Or add sausage AND pepperoni. I’m not judging. 🤩
This is a recipe you are going to want to save. I find myself coming back to make this time and time again! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy it!
Sausage Bread: Ingredients & Equipment
For this Sausage Bread recipe, you’ll need …
- ground sausage – you’ll need about a pound.
- pizza dough – the premade refrigerated kind you get from the tubes at the store. Whichever brand you like!
- mozzarella cheese – shredded to go along with your ground sausage inside the bread. If possible, I always recommend shredding your mozzarella, as the packaged kind sometimes doesn’t melt right due to preservatives. But it won’t ruin your bread if you have to use the packaged kind, so don’t fret!!
- large egg – beaten for brushing on top of the dough. That way, your bread cooks up a lovely golden brown.
- baking sheet – sprayed with cooking spray.
How to make Sausage Bread
First, prepare your supplies. Preheat your oven to 350°F, then spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
Second, cook your sausage. Crumble and brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until it’s no longer pink. Drain if desired!
Third, prep your bread. Open the tube of pizza dough onto the prepared baking sheet and straighten the edges into a rectangle. Sprinkle cooked sausage and Mozzarella cheese over the dough, leaving about 1 inch open along the edges. Roll up the dough jelly-roll or cinnamon roll style, crimping the seam closed and sealing and tucking the ends under. (Make sure the bread is seam-side down on the baking sheet!!) Finally, brush the loaf with a beaten egg.
Finally, bake your sausage bread. Bake the dough in your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden and the bread is cooked through. Allow loaf to rest 10 minutes before slicing, then enjoy!
Sausage Bread: FAQs
It’s done in less than an hour! You’ll need 10 minutes of prep time and 30-35 minutes of cooking time.
This should make enough for eight servings or so.
Any kind of “crumble” sausage you like! Personally, I use Jimmy Dean or Johnsonville. I’ve made this with the regular Jimmy Dean pork sausage rolls and the hot Jimmy Dean pork sausage rolls. I also use Johnsonville Italian sausage, not in the casings. It just depends on our mood, what I have on hand, and what might be on sale!
I think any kind of sausage that “crumbles” is best for this bread, although you can experiment with diced sausage (kielbasa, smoked sausage, or other ring-type sausages) if you prefer. I’ve never tried it that way, but I imagine it would work fine.
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This Sausage Bread might be the most versatile recipe in your recipe box! It’s perfect as an appetizer or a weeknight dinner recipe. You can even serve it on game day or take it on picnics or potlucks!
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 1 tube (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza dough
- 2 cups (16 oz.) Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 large egg, beaten, for brushing on top of loaf
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Crumble and brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat, until no longer pink. Drain, if desired.
- Open the tube of pizza dough onto the prepared baking sheet and straighten the edges into a rectangle. Sprinkle cooked sausage and Mozzarella cheese over the dough, leaving about 1-inch open along the edges. Roll up the dough jelly-roll or cinnamon-roll style, crimping the seam closed and sealing and tucking the ends under. Make sure the bread is seam-side down on the baking sheet. Brush the loaf with beaten egg.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the bread is cooked through. Allow loaf to rest 10 minutes before slicing.
- See notes in the post for possible recipe variations.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 537mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g
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Originally published on April 10, 2018. Updated on February 20, 2023.
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The idea of sausage bread is really alluring and i can bet the taste would be toothsome. This recipe is going to make my weekend awesome. Thanks for sharing ingredients.
I have made this and it’s really good buy I like adding just undercooked scrambledeggs to mine and cook it the egs come out perfect and it’s amazing
Could you use crescent rolls instead of pizza crust?
Absolutely… You will be making a Kolache. 🙂
I had leftover pot roast with mushrooms….. and I made this with pepper jack cheese… it was delicious! I will always keep a tube of pizza crust in my fridge. Thanks for inspiration!
I made this for dinner last night. I used Jimmy Dean Original Pork Sausage (in the tube) and added caramelized onions. Served with warm marinara sauce and a nice salad. It was delicious. Will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
I made this for dinner tonight and it was a homerun. We had spicy spaghetti sauce to dip it in. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
Would ground beef work in this recipe?
I use fried ground beef, onions, pepper if I have it. Add pizza or tomato sauce, about 1 cup shredded cheese and seasonings of your choice. My family made this as buns, but, this recipe is much easier rolled.
Made this for breakfast, it was soo good, I added cream cheese and jalapenos and various cheeses!
Totally happy I found this…. Can’t wait to try it
I make this. We really enjoy it. My 10 year old granddaughter is coming to visit and we are going to make this together. I think she will have fun doing this.
I love sausage bread!! I make it with hot & sweet sausage., and fresh pizza dough from the grocery store and it gets devoured! I am so glad you posted this.. it is such an easy, delicious recipe for people to make and share with family & friends!
I’ve been making this for years, but my recipe calls for 2-3 beaten eggs added to the sausage and cheese mixture before spreading it onto the dough and baking it. It is delicious.
Do you cook the eggs first
Hi Donna! I would soft scramble the eggs before adding them to the loaf. I hope that helps!
Do the beaten eggs go in raw?
The one person said they put 3 eggs with their sausage. I was wondering if she stirred it in raw..
Omg… I just made this tonight, after seeing it on Facebook a couple of nights ago.. it is so goood, filling but delicious. My partner and I polished it all up ?
Will definitely be making it again. And it’s not the first recipe I have made of yours..
This is good
Delicious and easy! Definitely a keeper
Has anyone tried to make this the night before?
I’m making this for our Christmas Eve party! Thanks for sharing!
Can you cook in a baking pan?
probably, yes. I’ve never done it, but I think it will be fine.
I I made this recipe it was delicious every one enjoyed. I had some of the filling left over . Can it be frozen for future use.. ?. . . Thank you
Thanks for the question – I’ve never frozen it but it should be fine!
This recipe is so good. Can I assemble it ahead of time and then bake it later in the day?
You should be able to refrigerate it for a couple of hours before baking.
I make a version of this our Italian family calls Binulotti. I use italian sausage, carmelized sweet onions and Parm/Romano grated cheese. So yummy!