This Spicy Italian Sausage Roll is the perfect appetizer for your next party!
The other day, a couple of friends and I were sitting around, and someone tossed out, “What were you guys doing 10 years ago?” That led to a pretty funny conversation. (It also made me realize that I am the old man of our friend group up here in New York…but I digress.) As one of the guys was telling stories from his freshman year in college, I thought back to where I was 10 years ago.
I had just moved to Atlanta the summer before, and I had met Laura only a month or two earlier. The move to Atlanta came after grad school, and I took a job working in the Dean of Students Office at Georgia Tech. While the job itself left a lot to be desired, I did meet some pretty awesome coworkers. (In fact, one of those awesome coworkers ended up taking our wedding photos! She also played the bagpipes…although not at our wedding. *Trust me, I tried.*) As with most jobs, we broke up the daily monotony with chats around the water cooler. Ok, so maybe we didn’t have an actual water cooler. But we did have occasional potluck lunches where everyone contributed their favorite recipe.
I truly have no idea what I took to those potluck lunches. (I blame that one on old age!) But I do remember that our Dean of Students made a mean sausage roll. (If I recall, he gave his wife the credit for those delicious sausage rolls. He was a smart man.) I had never heard of a sausage roll before, but one bite and I was hooked! I decided to try my hand at something similar the other day, and this Spicy Italian Sausage Roll was the result.
You guys know by now that I am addicted to pizza dough. (Ok, addicted is a strong word, but it really is one of my favorite things to make!) So I made a batch of my homemade pizza dough. Then on top I added a generous amount of spicy Italian sausage, peppers, onions and mozzarella. Oh, and a little bit of cream cheese…don’t leave out the cream cheese! *Roll*Roll*Roll* *Bake*Bake*Bake* And now you’ve got one awesome Spicy Italian Sausage Roll!
This Spicy Italian Sausage Roll is something akin to a rolled-up pizza without the marinara sauce. Sure, you could serve marinara on the side for dipping…but it doesn’t need it. We devoured this sausage roll at about 11pm one night after a late-shift on the curling ice. And lemme tell ya–a cold beer and a hot Spicy Italian Sausage Roll never tasted so good! (I usually skip dinner on the nights that I curl.) Do give this one a shot…it’s delicious! And you could easily adapt it with your own favorite fillings. Enjoy!
Where were you doing 10 years ago?