Saturday, December 25, 2010

The smell of Christmas Morning

in our house is almost always a Sausage Braid. My family requests this recipe every year, and usually I pair it with a nice crab quiche, or peach stuffed baked french toast, but this year Elaina got to choose the sidekick... see below...


2- 8 oz cans of crescent rolls pressed together to form a pastry sheet on a parchment lined baking pan.
2 rolls bulk sausage
1/2 cup diced green pepper (can also mix it up using orange, red and yellow if you like)
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cloves garlic minced
1 cup sweet onion diced.
6 oz cubed cream cheese
1 beaten egg
handful of shredded cheddar cheese.

Preheat oven to 375

line pan with parchment

unroll and press crescent rolls to form pastry sheet

using a sharp knife cut slits along the long sides of the sheet towards the middle about 2 inches long to create the "braid" pieces

meanwhile in a large skillet cook the sausage, peppers, onion, celery and garlic until meat no longer pink

drain well

mix in the cream cheese and stir until melted.

spoon down center of pastry

bring "braid" slits up and over the top

brush with egg and sprinkle with cheddar
(you will notice mine went on the inside this year... I had a 9 yr old helper)

bake 20-25 minutes or until top browned.

Use a Pizza Slicer to slice, Serve warm

This Elaina Mae requested Mrs. Claus's Blueberry Muffins.

Ok so I wimped out. But I must say they were not all that bad. I would make a couple of changes to the recipe such as add the milk a little at a time, we used Fresh blue's this am, and the batter was a bit too runny for my liking so the muffins didn't hold their puffy form when removed from the oven they sunk back down into their cups as they cooled.

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