I remember the first time I read a recipe that called for frozen bread dough.
I’ll go ahead and confess: I didn’t know what it was.
My mom’s head would spin, and she’d look like the woman out of “Poltergeist” if I even thought about using frozen bread dough. (So, we won’t tell her, right?)
My mom stayed at home with us during the day so she had time to bake. I don’t always have that time, so I figured I’d try frozen bread dough. It couldn’t be as good as my mom’s, I knew, but I was willing to take that risk.
I was wrong.
I bought a package of Rhodes White Bread dough. It’s frozen loaves, essentially, and you can thaw it in a variety of ways depending on how much time you have.
The first time I used it, I baked it as a traditional bread loaf to serve with an Italian meal that night. It’s as easy as spraying a loaf pan with non-stick spray, letting the bread rise and turning on the oven. Your house smells amazing, and your guests (or kids or mother-in-law) think you’ve spent all day in the kitchen. Fooled them.
Since then, I’ve branched out in my use of frozen bread dough.
My kids made this for dinner last night using a loaf, and it was gone so quickly that we wish we’d made two.
1 loaf Rhodes White Bread frozen dough
1 lb sausage
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 onion, chopped
6 Tbs butter
Thaw bread dough according to package directions. Once thawed, roll out on a lightly floured surface until dough is approximately 12 inches long and 6 inches wide.
Brown sausage in a non-stick skillet. Drain fat. Cook onion in the same pan. Mix into the sausage.
Sprinkle cheese down the center of the dough, from end to end. Top with sausage and onion mixture. Fold over, sealing meat and cheese in the center of the dough by pinching the edges closed.
Spray a Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Place dough in the pan, forming a ring. Melt butter inmicrowave; pour over bread dough.
Preheat oven to 375° F. Bake for about 20 minutes, until dough is golden-brown. Turn out on a tray, slice and serve immediately.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 707, Calories from Fat: 427, Fat: 48 g, Trans Fat: 0.2 g (22 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 134 mg, Sodium: 1219 mg, Potassium: 289 mg, Carbohydrates: 39 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 31 g.
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