Sausage, Cheddar, and Rosemary Buns

*Notes: The original recipe called for 12 ounces of sausage which was way too much. I had plenty leftover. I also upped the amount of cheese. These buns would are great with plain pizza dough, but I imagine the flavor would be even better with a rosemary whole wheat or other flavored dough. Lastly, my version required much more time to brown than the original recipe's 18 minutes. I baked mine for closer to 30.

 

Makes 9 buns


1 tablespoon olive oil (for brushing the pan)

8 ounces bulk sage or breakfast sausage

1/2 cup sliced green onions

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 pound pizza dough

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese


Brush the inside of an 8x8 baking dish with olive oil and set aside.


Add the sausage to a large skillet and turn the heat to medium high. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the sausage has browned and is cooked through. Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute. Add the rosemary and remove from the heat.


On a floured surface, roll the dough out to an 10x8 inch rectangle. Brush the edges of the dough with the beaten egg.  Spread the sausage over the dough in an even layer. Top the sausage with an even layer of cheese. Roll the dough lengthwise to create a cylinder, tucking in the ends. Cut the roll into 9 equal pieces and place in the baking dish, cut side up. Cover the dish with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes.


Arrange the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. 


Brush the tops of the buns with the remaining beaten egg. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops have browned. Let the buns cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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