Italian Pizza Bread
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
This is a verrrrry multipurpose recipe. I would recommend it for the following: bringing to a party, Sunday football, an appetizer plate, or simply making it because it’s amazing and you feel like it. It can be stuffed with anything: broccoli, peppers, olives, different types of cheese, and you can even add egg to the inside. I put sausage, broccoli rabe, sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella in this one. You can also put whatever you want on top- I did sesame seeds, garlic powder, and dried basil on this, but add whatever herbs you want (EBTB seasoning would def work).
1 Pizza dough (usually in frozen section of store)
Filling: for this I used, 1.5 lbs ground sausage meat (casing removed), 1 head of broccoli rabe, 1 bag shredded mozzarella, pecorino romano, and sundried tomatoes
1 egg, beaten, for top
seasonings to taste (garlic, salt, pepper, dried italian herbs)
Preheat oven to 375.
Prepare your filling. For this, I sauteed my sausage until browned and crumbly. Let it cool.
Next I sauteed my broccoli rabbe. I cut the thick stem off, discarded. Then cut the thinner stems into 1 inch pieces, set aside. Then cut the leaves into 1-2 inch pieces. I added the stems first to a pan with olive oil (with 4 cloves of garlic!), sauteed for 3 min. Then added leaves. Cooked down for 5-6 more min.
Let all filling cool.
Roll out pizza dough on a floured surface into a rectangle.
Fill with your filling. I would do it in this order: light sprinkle of mozzarella - sausage - broccoli rabbe - pecorino + mozzarella + sundried tomatoes. Make sure the filling goes to the edge of the dough.
Roll it up starting from the LONG side (you want the bread to be long). As you roll, fold over the edges of the dough so that the ingredients are sealed in. At end, pull the last bit of the dough to seal the bread and pinch it so it sticks together. Put the 'open' side DOWN on your greased baking sheet.
Brush with egg, and top with sesame seeds, garlic powder, and dried basil.
Bake on a greased pan until lightly browned. Flip the pan halfway through.