A spiral of bread, cheese and sausage—these buns take the shape of the classic sweet cinnamon bun and fill it with savory ingredients to make a portable, easy to eat brunch item that is perfect for a potluck. The type of sausage and cheese that you use in your version of these buns can vary to your preference, from breakfast sausage with cheddar to chorizo and goat cheese.
Making your own pizza dough is great, but in a pinch a bag of pre-made dough from the grocery store will work perfectly. You can also assemble these buns the night before, and bake them the next morning with great results.
- Yield:Makes 8 buns
- Active time: 20 minutes
- Total time:40 minutes
- Olive oil
- 12 ounces bulk sage or breakfast sausage
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 pound basic pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 375°F. Brush an 8- by 11-inch pyrex dish with olive oil. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium high heat until sausage is brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add scallions and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add rosemary and remove from heat.
Roll pizza dough into a 10- by 8-inch rectangle and brush edges with beaten egg. Scatter sausage mixture over dough the sprinkle with cheese and roll lengthwise into a cylinder. Cut into 8 evenly sized disks, place in prepared pan cut-sides-up, and brush with remaining egg wash. Set aside and allow to rise until puffy, about 30 minutes.
Bake for buns are browned and cooked through, about 18 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.