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Breakfast Sausage Bread

Any time we take this savory, satisfying bread to a potluck, it goes over very well. We never bring any home. My husband generally makes this bread and prides himself on the beautiful golden loaves. -Shirley Caldwell, Northwood, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen white bread dough, thawed
  • 1/2 pound mild pork sausage
  • 1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1-1/2 cups diced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 large eggs, divided use
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Cover dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium-high heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles, 6-8 minutes. Drain. Transfer to a bowl; cool.
  • Stir in two eggs, cheese and seasonings. Roll each loaf of dough into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Spread half of the sausage mixture over each rectangle to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seams to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, whisk remaining egg. Brush over tops. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Serve warm.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaves in foil and place in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, place foil-wrapped loaf on a baking sheet and reheat in a 450° oven until heated through, 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove foil; return to oven a few minutes longer until crust is crisp.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 102 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • shelleyd
    Nov 6, 2020

    This is a fabulous bread! A family favorite! I double it, making 4 loaves so that my grown sons can each have a whole load for themselves and their families! I have been making this since the 90's and its always a hit!

  • Just a pinch
    Jan 4, 2020

    Too soggy

  • Shortcaketoo
    Dec 1, 2019

    Excellent recipe! Just the right amount of spices and zippy flavor. I used my pizza dough recipe rather than store bought frozen bread loaves, and it worked out fine. Just as the recipe states, it re-heats nicely and is just as tasty when re-heated from a frozen state. It has turned out to be a great Christmas morning tradition. Is good, also with a side of marinara dipping sauce. Yummy!

  • cndnstars
    Dec 17, 2012

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  • americanfreedom
    Nov 24, 2012

    need to print out this recipe everytime i share with someone

  • suecarey57
    Oct 26, 2012

    I found this in a TOH magazine back in the mid 90s and made it for Christmas morning, my family has asked for it every year since. Now my daughter makes it for her family too. Now that my kids are grown I take one loaf to work and they love it too. Freezes well and tastes like you just made it if you reheat in the oven. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe.

  • mzivich
    May 22, 2012

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  • Summy
    Jan 3, 2012

    A family favorite since it first appeared in Taste of Home. It's so delicious, and freezes well. We have made it almost every Christmas.

  • gandsmoore
    Oct 25, 2009

    I have been making this since it first appeared in Taste of Home! My family demands it every Christmas Eve and I have to make extra for them to take home!!

  • nanarhoa
    Feb 22, 2007

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