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Sausage-Stuffed Slithery  Snakes Recipe
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Sausage-Stuffed Slithery Snakes Recipe

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This cheese-, spinach- and sausage-filled bread from our Test Kitchen is sssseriously party pleasers! It ties in well with any Halloween theme.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Italian Links
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 cups (1 pound) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 drops each red, yellow and green food coloring, optional
  • 4 pitted ripe olives
  • 2 roasted sweet red pepper strips

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 slices) equals 315 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 563 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Directions

  1. Thaw bread dough according to package directions; let rise until doubled.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until no longer pink; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the spinach, cheeses, oregano and garlic powder; set side. Roll each portion of dough into a 14-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spread sausage mixture lengthwise down the center of each rectangle. Gently press the filling down; dot with butter.
  3. Bring edges of dough to the center over filling; pinch to seal. Place each loaf seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Tuck ends under and form into a snake shape.
  4. Place an egg yolk in each of two small bowls; tint one orange with red and yellow food coloring and the other with green coloring if desired. Brush stripes and diamond designs on snakes to decorate.
  5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Cut out small holes in bread; gently press olives into bread for eyes. Cut a slit in each loaf; insert red pepper strips for tongues. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Sausage-Stuffed Slithery Snakes in Taste of Home's Halloween Annual 2006, p34

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 slices) equals 315 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 563 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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