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Grandmother’s Sausage Bread

Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July, is a great holiday.  Aside from it being our nation’s birthday, it is the one day of the entire year where I feel like people slow down and enjoy some of the more simple, old-fashioned pleasures of life.

Our village has a great little parade that’s route follows our street, so the whole neighborhood is currently getting their homes ready for the festivities.  We are having a few friends over to watch the parade and then grill and generally be hot and lazy all day.  In preparation, I made one of my family’s brunch staples, sausage bread.  This is another family recipe that came through my Grandmother, but I believe that it may have originated with my dad’s Italian side of the family.  It’s a variation on an Italian Easter Bread but uses pork breakfast sausage instead of an Italian variety.  We have always eaten this at Christmas and Derby, but I thought it would be the perfect hearty treat to pass out to friends and neighbors while watching the parade.  It’s also a great make-ahead dish that can be baked and then frozen, and makes a great gift for friends around the holidays.

Happy 4th!

Grandmother’s Sausage Bread



  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup water


  • 1 pound hot pork sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Swiss cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • fennel seed, to taste


  1. To make the crust, place butter, flour, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined
  2. Turn on the processor and slowly add water until dough forms a ball
  3. Reserve about 1/3 of the dough and set aside.
  4. Roll out the remaining dough on a well-floured surface and line a 13×9 baking sheet, set aside
  5. Brown the sausage and beef, breaking into small pieces
  6. Mix meat with the other filling ingredients and pour into crust
  7. Roll out the reserved dough and top the meat, pinch the sides to seal
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is set
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