Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

With C & I giving up eating out for Lent, I am on the search for new recipes... I have spent a great deal of time checking out my favorite recipe sites -----> (check them out on the tab to the right)... I loved this recipe below.... and we have all of the ingredients, so we will of course be making it this week.. I can't wait to try it out..

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Cornmeal
  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Pineapple tidbits
  • Dried basil, to taste
  • Place the pizza dough onto a floured surface and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage (removed from casings) to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, making sure to break up the sausage into crumbles. Add the onion, mushroom, crushed fennel seeds, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes, stirring often, or until the sausage is cooked through and the mushrooms and onions are tender. Set aside.

    Place a silpat mat (or large baking tray) on the counter and coat with cooking spray and sprinkle the top with a bit of cornmeal. Roll (or spread) the dough out on top of the silpat mat into a rectangle. Spoon the sauce down the center of the rectangle followed by the meat filling, pineapple, and cheese. Note: Don't use too much sauce or your pizza braid will be a bit soggy.

    Cut even slits on both sides of the filling with a pizza cutter. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. 
    Spray the top of the pizza braid with olive oil cooking spray then sprinkle with a bit of dried basil.

    Carefully place the silpat mat onto a baking sheet then place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy.

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