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Indulgently cheesy sausage-stuffed braided bread

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You can't say no to ooey, gooey braided pizza bread

Bread is a weakness of mine. Bread stuffed with sausage and cheese will make your body go weak in the knees.

I would pick another piece of bread over dessert any day. Bread is my weakness, and I can't help but look at it and all its glory. You can have honey bread, cornbread, pizza bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, flatbread, ciabatta, and I could go on and on with this list. Don't ask me to pick out my favorite, because that will never happen... I love them all.

You can't say no to ooey, gooey braided pizza bread

For this recipe I wanted to give a different twist to the traditional bread loaf by adding a braid to it, not to mention stuffing it with sausage and vegetables and then topping it with an oozing, melted cheese. I just might keep this loaf to myself.

You can't say no to ooey, gooey braided pizza bread

Cheesy sausage-stuffed braided bread recipe

Yields 1


  • 1 store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 (16 ounce) Italian sausage
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the meat, and then add in the mushrooms and olives. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured countertop into a rectangular shape. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 3 even lengthwise pieces.
  4. Spread the meat mixture along the center of each strip, and seal up the dough, piercing it with a fork to secure it.
  5. Repeat until you have 3 long stuffed strips of bread. Braid the bread strips, and then place the braided loaf onto a nonstick baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with the cheese, and bake the bread in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Tip: Pierced dough might start to unravel during the braiding process. Leave it unraveled, since the bread will be topped with cheese.

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