When I was a child, a neighbor made these sausages rolls for the neighborhood during the holidays. Each year, we'd look forward to Mrs. Lally's yuletide sausage roll, as she called it.
These days, I don't wait for December to roll around before I make one of these. They make for a great meal or dish to pass at a potluck. And, for this Super Bowl weekend, some yummy finger food. My husband likes to dip it into some tomato sauce.
Mrs. Lally's Yuletide Sausage Roll
1 to 1 1/2 pounds of hot Italian sausage
1 heaping cup of Muenster cheese
1 heaping cup of sharp cheddar cheese
2 eggs, well beaten
Garlic or garlic powder to taste
Lightly brown and drain the sausage. I get blocks of Muenster and sharp cheddar cheeses and cube them. Then, mix the cheeses, egg and garlic with the cooled sausage. While the sausage cools, prepare the roll mix using:
1 package of Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix (It can be tricky to find. I get mine from Kroger). Follow the mix instructions.
Turn out the dough on a well floured surface and knead until smooth (about five minutes). Roll into a 24 x 18 inch rectangle. Spread sausage mixture over dough evenly. Roll jelly-roll style and tuck dough ends under so filling does not fall out.
Transfer onto a large cookie sheet. Brush top and sides with milk so it will bake to a golden brown.
Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown. That takes about 30 minutes. Slice. I always make a couple and freeze one. Once thawed, you can wrap it in aluminum foil and reheat at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
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