It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Chapter 11, Page 14, Book 18

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds.
The most powerful ones are those we can’t ever describe, aren’t even aware of.

Ellen Goodman

Today I’m thankful for our Thanksgiving Tradition

Tradition is a very powerful force.

John P. Kotter

I think that every family has it’s holiday traditions that have been handed down over the years.  For our family it’s often the traditional food that brings many happy memories.

We start the holidays off by baking sausage bread in our family.  Every one of us makes it and loves it.  It’s a simple thing to make and I got the recipe from a dear friend many years ago.  It can be used as an appetizer, or part of the meal.  For some, it can even be dessert !  Ha!

This was not a tradition that was passed on by my parents.  It’s a tradition that I started and has been followed by my family.  


This has to be one of the all time favorites of my family
I usually make this recipe for three loaves of Sausage Bread at a time.

3 loaves frozen bread dough…thawed according to package directions
2 stalks celery finely diced
1 green pepper finely diced
2 pounds sausage (the bulk Italian Sausage or Plain is best)
3 eggs
3 cups mozzarella cheese
Approximately 1 cup of parmesan cheese

Let your bread dough rise just like you would when baking a loaf of bread.  Brown sausage together with the celery and green pepper. When it is all nicely browned drain the grease and save in a bowl as you’ll use this later on when baking

Remove the pan from the burner and add 3 eggs well beaten to the mixture. I then sprinkle this mixture with parmesan cheese. Stirring until well combined

Taking one loaf of dough at a time flatten and roll out on a well floured surface. When it is rolled out to an oval shape about 1 foot by 2 feet, spread 1/3 the sausage and egg mixture on top of 
it. Then cover this with 1/3 the mozzarella cheese for each loaf. 

Roll your dough up like a jelly roll and secure ends with toothpicks and place on greased cookie sheet in a horseshoe shape. Baste the dough with some of the grease you saved and set aside after browning the sausage.

Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. Basting tops of loaves with the grease every 15 minutes. The loaf is done when it is golden brown Repeat for this for the other 2 loaves
Serve warm sausage bread with a mustard sauce made from 2 parts mustard and 1 part cocktail sauce and 1 part horseradish sauce. You can alter these amounts according to your own taste.
I’ve done up this recipe from memory and it may not read as well as the original but it will make a delicious snack, appetizer or side.  I like it for breakfast too!

On my thankful list for today:

6520. for pickles, good and good for you
6521. for sunshine
6522. for a well stocked pantry

A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.

Henry James


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Keep the old, but make some new ones! Traditions keep memories alive.

jack69 said...

Ahhhhh, sounds and LOOKS like a FUN tradition. A tradition at my home growing up was mama's sweet Potato Cobbler. Sadly there was never a recipe and we waited too late to make one.
Sherry started one we always had was a 5 fruit Fruit salad. I remember it was the first time I had heard of Mandarin Oranges.
I know that bunch of yours looks forward to it, you can tell by the smiles.
Very good entry.
Sherry & jack

Mevely317 said...

THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe, Pam! I'm definitely making this next week!!!

This will be the first year we've not spent a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday with any of Tom's (Polish) family, so now I'm wondering if he'll want the traditional pierogies. The only traditional foodstuffs in my family were German cookies and stollen cake - neither of which I was fond. I guess son's favorite banana nut bread is my only claim to tradition. Happy Wednesday!

betty said...

That looks like a yummy recipe! Traditions are so great to have and to pass on and also to make new ones.


Chatty Crone said...

I copied that recipe - it looks great. Were those pictures of your family? What a nice group. A lot to be grateful for - for sure.