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Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza BraidI didn’t feel like making a big dinner so I decided to grab a few ingredients from the grocery store to make a homemade pizza. Instead of a regular pizza my kids and I decided to make a pizza braid. It only took a few extra minutes to make but was totally worth it! It not only looked really pretty it tasted delicious too. I planned on using just sausage and mushroom for the filling but my kids talked me into using pineapple too. This pizza braid was quick and easy to make and was a huge hit with the whole family… especially my kids who thought it was really cool.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
 
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Cornmeal
  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Pineapple tidbits
  • Dried basil, to taste

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Place the pizza dough onto a floured surface and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage (removed from casings) to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, making sure to break up the sausage into crumbles. Add the onion, mushroom, crushed fennel seeds, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes, stirring often, or until the sausage is cooked through and the mushrooms and onions are tender. Set aside.

Place a silpat mat (or large baking tray) on the counter and coat with cooking spray and sprinkle the top with a bit of cornmeal. Roll (or spread) the dough out on top of the silpat mat into a rectangle. Spoon the sauce down the center of the rectangle followed by the meat filling, pineapple, and cheese. Note: Don’t use too much sauce or your pizza braid will be a bit soggy.

Cut even slits on both sides of the filling with a pizza cutter. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Spray the top of the pizza braid with olive oil cooking spray then sprinkle with a bit of dried basil.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Carefully place the silpat mat onto a baking sheet then place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net



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62 Comments

  1. what a great idea! this would also be perfect for a party or when we have people over for a game! It looks delcious! I agree with your kids, I would definately add the pineapple too!

  2. That. Is awesome. I make pizza quite often but never have I considered doing a braid. I bet your kids were so stoked. Delicious!

  3. Ok it is fate. . . I saw ANOTHER 'braid' yesterday that I wanted to make. . .soo, two in two days means I HAVE TO MAKE A PIZZA BRAID! 🙂 This looks awesome and easy! 🙂 Thanks for the step by step pics! 🙂

  4. This dish really turned out beautifully. I'm thinking about making a few and having friends over this weekend, each with different ingredients. The beauty is, my pizza braid could be low fat and the healthy version, and my husband can still make a meat and cheese (and fat) loaded one if he wants. It's a great recipe. I'm excited to try it!

  5. Ohhh this looks so yummyyy! *_* Can I take you with me when I move out of my parents' house to live on my own? You can just come by at night and cook my dinner! : D Hahaha!

  6. Wow, this is beautiful! I really appreciate the pictures- I've experimented with braids but can't seem to do it right!

  7. Wow !!! I never see this type of pizza anywhere.. Love the texture you gave to it. So, it could be a new flavour for me to try…im so excited !!!

  8. oooh looks yummy. also looks like a good thing to make for the kids or teaching someone to make on a dinner date. good stuff

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  10. What a great idea! I love making pizza at home… it's so much fun when you can get everyone involved!
    – Brittany

  11. WOW..what a great and innovative dish..I have never seen pizza like this before..looks so pretty and perfect!

  12. Wow, this looks incredible Pam! I've always wanted to try making a braid but never thought to do a savory one; I've always had some kind of fruit in mind. This is so creative! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your family fun with us, Pam.

    The grandkids are coming for a visit in July and I plan on saving this recipe so we too can "play."

  14. LOVE IT! I never thought about doing a pizza braid – i've done a breakfast one and it was super fun! This would be SUCH a great appetizer for a bunch of people – love it!

  15. Very, very nice, and tasty, I'm sure. I also assume you took great care in cutting the slits so as not to harm the Silpat? Susan

  16. OMG Pam this pizza look absolutely tasty and delicious I have to make, hope will be like yours, look nice Pam, gloria

  17. Fantastic and mouthwatering braid, it has really come out very well and am sure must be delish too. great post.

  18. Pam – You put a lot of effort into a not very big dinner – that usually means leftover meat on a salad for us. The dish looks delicious

  19. The look of the bread seems like it came out of a magazine. food always taste better when the family was involve. Great idea and how many people does it serve?

  20. what a fantastic creation, pam! i like a little variation from the ol' pizza pie, and this seems well worth a little extra effort. bravo.

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  22. Wow the braid looks so difficult but I think I'm gonna attempt them. Your photos sure help a lot! Thanks!

  23. Looks awesome! Great idea, and I love the fact it is kid-friendly. Will try one day for my family and have the kids involved.

  24. Great idea! This would be so much fun to make with my teenage cousins are sleeping over or at the house to play games.

  25. What a fabulous idea to braid your pizza, Pam! I bet your children loved it…it looks delicious!

    Kim in MD

  26. WOW! This looks really good. I was searching for Pizza Recipes, I am planning to make a fantastic Home-Made Pizza for an upcoming Filipino singles party for all my filipinos here in Great Falls. As a filipino woman who just moved in America, I really dont have a lot of experience making some good pizza. In the Philippines, we have different type of Food. When I cam here everytime I attend a party, there’s always like chips, mexican food, and of course the Pizza. I think Pizza is great to have for parties. So, Really glad to find some good recipes and try. Experimenting and trying new recipe is fun to do, and everyday practice makes a perfect pizza! 🙂