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Braided Pizza Loaf

 Braided Pizza Loaf
Working women can take the frozen bread dough out in the morning and then prepare this hearty loaf when they get home. It's important to let the filling cool completely before spreading on the dough.
12 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Melted butter

Directions

  • Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and
  • let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and
  • seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30
  • minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cool completely. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured
  • surface; roll into a 15-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Place on a greased
  • baking sheet. Spread filling lengthwise down center third of

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Braided Pizza Loaf (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • rectangle. Sprinkle cheeses over filling.
  • On each long side, cut 1-1/2-in.-wide strips about 2-1/2 in. into
  • center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle
  • across filling. Brush with butter.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
  • Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 234 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 687 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 15 g protein.