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Italian Sausage Appetizer Bread
Great way to start a meal!

Ingredients:
1 package ground (16 oz.) or link (19.76 oz.) Johnsonville Fresh Hot or Mild Italian Sausage
1 loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed
1/2 c. softened cream cheese
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (7 oz.) roasted red peppers, well drained and sliced
1/3 c. Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 t. poppy seeds

Instructions:
Remove sausage from casing and brown in skillet. Drain and reserve.

On lightly floured surface, roll bread dough into 16 x 12-inch rectangle.

Combine cream cheese and garlic, spread lengthwise over center third of dough. Top with sausage, peppers, olives and Swiss cheese.

Fold dough over filling, pinching seam to seal. Make slits across top of dough every 2 inches.

Brush lightly with water and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Bake at 400F 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

All materials are courtesy of Johnsonville. Find more recipes like these at www.johnsonville.com

Published in the November 30, 2005 issue of Farm World.

11/30/2005