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The Braid: The Classy, Easy Go-To Potluck Item

No matter how many different types of potluck I bring it to,  The Braid is always a hit.  It can be cut-up into bite-sized hand food and it’s versatile that it can be savory or sweet.  And it’s damn simple to make.

I’ve included the Gimme Some Oven pin that made me first discover the breakfast braid, but I’ve modified it to really save on time.  With the simple recipe below, I can make and bake this recipe in just under 30 minutes.

What you’ll need

  • 1 pre-made rectangular pizza crust (regular thickness)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 breakfast sausages, pre-cooked (I used chicken sausage since I don’t eat pork)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups shredded cheese (your choice in flavor)
  • 1 pair of scissors

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to the temperature listed on the pizza crust instructions.
  2. Grease a cooking sheet and roll out the dough.
  3. With the scissors, make 10-12 cuts, about 1″ apart, into each long side. The cuts should be  4-6″ deep.
  4. Cook and scramble the eggs, seasoning as desired.
  5. Cut up the pre-cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Scatter the eggs, sausage, and cheese evenly along the center of the dough.
  7. Time to create the braid! Take the first end of the cut dough and place it into the center, angling back about 45 degrees. Do the same thing on the other side.  Repeat until the crisscrossing is complete.
  8. Brush little olive oil or a bit of egg white on the outside of the braid.
  9. Bake according to pizza crust instructions, usually 10-15 minutes.

easy to modify

I’ve modified this recipe again and again. For a sweet modification, try adding sliced apples coated in cinnamon and sugar, or put blackberry preserves and cream cheese in the center and drizzle with a homemade frosting. For a savory modification, try chopped spinach and ricotta or make it pizza style with mozzarella, pepperoni, and marinara sauce.

Let me know what you think of The Braid, and what modifications you make to the recipe!

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