Nana's Sausage Bread

Nana's Sausage Bread
Leah Maroney
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Yield: 2 loaves
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
243 Calories
4g Fat
39g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 630mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 120mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Warm, cheesy, sausage bread is a delicious start to any holiday dinner! It makes a great addition to a brunch or just as a holiday appetizer. It is a cinch to whip together and can be made a day ahead of time! It only needs a few ingredients; eggs, dough, Italian sausage, and mozzarella cheese! It is even simpler if you use store-bought dough! This recipe includes a pizza dough recipe as well. 

This recipe can also be changed up by adding different cheeses, seasonings, or bacon with the sausage! We are a traditionalist and wouldn't want it any other way than this recipe! We so look forward to eating it every Christmas! It goes so quickly, you have to make sure you are there on time! 


  • 3 cups lukewarm water

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the yeast in the lukewarm water and stir gently to combine. Let it sit for about 5 minutes so the yeast can soften. 

  2. Add the salt and olive oil. Place the water mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer. Slowly beat in the flour until it is combined. It should be a slightly soft and slightly sticky dough. Leave it covered with a towel in a warm place for about 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size. 

  3. Split the dough in half. Take one-half of the dough and gently knead it until smooth. Let the dough rest again for ten minutes. 

  4. While the dough is resting, cook the sausage in a large pan, until completely cooked, breaking it into small bits as it cooks. 

  5. Roll out one half of the dough into a large rectangle. Make sure to oil the dough and the surface you are rolling it on. 

  6. Use half of the sausage mixture and place along the center of the dough rectangle. Use a slotted spoon so that the grease is left behind in the pan. 

  7. Top the sausage with half of the mozzarella.

  8. Separate the eggs. Whisk the egg whites until slightly frothy. Beat the yolks until smooth. 

  9. Brush the edges of the dough with egg whites fold the dough over the sausage mixture and crimp the edges closed.

  10. Flip the bread onto an oiled baking sheet. Make sure the crimp is on the bottom side of the loaf. 

  11. Brush the top of the loaf with the egg yolks.

  12. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  13. Repeat with another quarter of the dough and the remaining sausage and cheese!

  14. Bake at 375 F for 25 minutes, until golden.

  15. Let it cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy it hot or cold!