1. Pre-heat the oven to 375į. This is lower than what it says
on the Pillsbury package directions.
2. In a saucepot with no oil, brown the sausage. If you bought
links, cut them open and tear up the filling as you throw it in the
pot. A whole package will be more than you need, but donít worry
about making too much filling. You can save any extra sausage,
spinach and sauce for a quick pasta dish for 1-2 people another day.
Keep breaking up the sausage with a wood spoon or spatula as it
browns. Then remove to a bowl. Do not clean the pot!
3. Cook the spinach if you want to include it.
For frozen, microwave it about 30 seconds less than the directions
require. Frozen spinach must be drained well. Place it in mesh
strainer or colander and press as much water out as you can. Then
wrap the whole bunch in two or three layers of paper towels and
wring it out hard.
For fresh spinach, get a large sauce pot or pasta pot. Put just a
drizzle of olive oil on the bottom and dump the whole bag in over
medium heat. If it does not all fit at first, just wait. Spinach
shrinks as it cooks, and then you can add the rest. Add a dash of
salt and pepper. Stir it around a lot. This only takes 4-5 minutes
to cook. As it cooks, the giant heap of spinach will shrink down.
When all the leaves are wilted and darker, remove it from the heat
onto a plate or plastic cutting board (it will stain your wood
board). Cut it up a bit so you sprinkle it throughout the bread.
4. Cut up the cheese unless you bought a bag of shredded cheese. A
serrated knife works best on a soft ball of mozzarella.
5. Unroll the dough and assemble your bread! Unroll the dough on a
clean counter and gently stretch it out just a bit. Then sprinkle
with crumbled sausage, spinach and cheese. Go almost to the edge in
every direction. Donít over-stuff it. Youíll probably use about
three-quarters of your sausage and spinach.
6. Roll up your bread. Carefully start rolling one long side towards
the other long side. Pinch any small holes closed when youíre
7. Put the bread carefully on a cookie sheet lined with non-stick
foil. Bend it as you pick it up, so that it makes a horseshoe or
ring shape. Donít join the ends together, though.
8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until dark brown. You just want to
feel sure that the dough in the center is cooked.
9. While the bread is baking, heat up the tomato sauce in the pot
you used to brown the sausage. If the pot has a lot of grease in it,
just dab with paper towels first. Scrape the bottom of the pot while
the sauce is heating up, to get the flavor from the sausage off he
bottom. To make your own sauce, use 1 can tomato sauce (sold near
the canned and crushed tomatoes), and a couple dashes each of
oregano, parsley flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and
pepper. You can also add a bay leaf, a dash of red pepper flakes or
a dash of red wine, if you like. Let all this simmer until the bread
is ready to slice.
10. Let the bread rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes.
Serve sliced with hot dipping sauce.
Sausage bread is a great dish if you are having people over to watch
the big game. However, if you use a tube of pizza dough and jarred
sauce, it can be quick and easy to make. After youíve made it,
youíll realize the possibilities are endless with this method. For
example, brown ground turkey instead of sausage, and you have a
great healthy meal that will get kids to eat their spinach.
Enjoy your football party!