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Fall + Homemade Sausage Bread

Welcome September! This month is one of my favorites not only because it is my birthday month, but September nights tend to get cooler and you can still catch a couple of warm days in between the summer/fall transition. September gets us excited for our favorite season and all of the seasonal foods that start to show up at our local grocery stores. I really enjoying getting in the kitchen and using our slow cooker for soups, stews and chili. This year I plan on making some of our oldies, but am looking forward to trying my hand at some new recipes I've been holding onto since last season.

Every holiday my father-in-law makes one of my favorite appetizers...sausage bread. Its the one indulgent holiday treat I look forward to and will never turn down. Last weekend we were invited to our friend's home for a Labor Day BBQ. I figured I could make a fun veggie platter or 7-layer dip, but I decided to try my hand at my father-in-law's infamous sausage bread recipe. Here's everything you will need:

10 links of sweet Italian sausage 
1 medium yellow onion
pizza dough (frozen is fine)
2 cups of mozzarella cheese 
1/2 cup of grated cheese
1 tbsp fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp of garlic powder
1 whole egg 
 1 tsp of butter 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook diced onion in one tsp of butter. Remove and place in a bowl. Brown your sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently and breaking the sausage up into small pieces, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.  Drain well in a strainer or on a piece of paper towel. Unroll your risen dough into a rectangular shape on a foil lined baking sheet. I like to take my dough out a few hours before preparing and drizzle with olive oil, then cover with a towel and let rise. Sprinkle sausage and onion mixture as well as mozzarella and Parmesan cheese within 1-inch of all edges. Starting with one long end, roll-up jelly role style as tightly as possible, pinching other long end to seal. Make sure to pinch ends and tuck under to seal. Turn seam side down and egg wash with one egg and water mixture. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes or until top becomes golden brown.  Remove from oven; cool 5 to 10 minutes.  Slice into 1 to  1½-inch pieces. 

Sausage bread is the perfect dish to serve for a tapas style dinner or a party appetizer. Its even perfect heated up for dinner with a light arugula salad and glass of wine. It will be sure to impress your guests and is relatively cheap and easy to make. I look forward to seeing some of your recommended slow cooker recipes for the fall. Tell us what your favorite is! Until next time, xx. m+j


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