Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid

I’ve partnered with SocialStars and Johnsonville to create this Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid.
Talk about a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast! #SausageFamily

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!So I’ve mentioned before that I’m a curler.  Yup, that sport in the Olympics where folks throw 44-pound blocks of granite down a long sheet of ice.  And I’ve also mentioned before that I pole vaulted in high school.  I guess you could say that I’m attracted to unusual sports.  But I’m not only about sports.  I have an inner crafty side.  (Some people might call it an inner nerd, but crafty sounds so much more refined!)

Back in summer camp, I actually signed up for art class.  Pottery, woodworking, making dream catchers.  That sorta thing.  It didn’t hurt that the girl who taught Arts-n-Crafts was kinda cute.  Hah!  But seriously though, I’ve always enjoyed learning how to make new things.  (In fact, that partly explains my obsession with cooking and baking…there’s always something new to learn in the kitchen!)

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!In middle school, we had to take Art as a subject.  I wasn’t very good at painting and drawing.  In fact, you could say I was pretty terrible at it.  It was too creative for me…and my final projects never looked like they did in my head.  But I was actually pretty darned good at weaving.  Yes, I know that is incredibly odd.  But I did indeed like to weave.

I remember learning how to use a loom to weave belts out of yarn.  Not exactly the coolest thing to do as a middle schooler, but it made sense to me.  There was a set pattern, and I could follow it.  Let’s just say I had a lot of woven yarn belts.  And no, I never wore them.  But I do still have several of those belts sitting in a box in my closet, and I often threaten Laura that I will go out in public wearing one.  I have no shame.

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!We’ve had a bunch of visitors in town lately, and it’s been great to see our family and friends.  It’s also been great because having visitors gives me an excuse to cook up all sorts of fun recipes.  For instance, this past weekend, I created this Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid.  I love breakfast food, but we don’t make it very often.  But I hopped up early and got to work on breakfast for everyone.  Well, to be fair, Robbie woke me up early…like 5:30am early.  So I scooped the little guy up and went downstairs.  He played with his toys on the floor next to me while I made breakfast.  That kid’s gonna make a great sous chef one day!

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is essentially creamy scrambled eggs and sausage wrapped up in puff pastry.  It tastes amazing!  But the way it’s presented is what makes this one unique.  Instead of just wrapping the eggs in puff pastry, you just place them in the center of the dough.  Then you make a couple of slices on either side of the filling and then my favorite part.  The braiding!  Just stretch the pieces of dough on alternating sides across the filling and bake it up until golden brown.  This breakfast braid was almost done when the rest of the house started waking up, and we all enjoyed a tasty breakfast together.

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!This recipe does take a bit of time to prepare, so it’s best saved for a weekend morning.  However, I cut a good bit of the time off by using Johnsonville’s Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage.  Johnsonville makes both original and turkey varieties of their fully cooked breakfast sausage, and I chose to go with the turkey this time.  This sausage is super tasty, and it has 70% less fat.  Win-win!  Since this breakfast sausage is already fully cooked, that means it’s ready to eat in just 30 seconds or less.  But I had bigger plans for this breakfast sausage!

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!So while the eggs were a’scrambling, I chopped up the turkey sausage.  I then spread the eggs and sausage on top of the puff pastry and got to weaving.  I tossed the whole thing in the oven and breakfast was on it’s way.  Simple enough!  Not only is this Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid packed with big, bold flavors…but it also looks pretty darned cool, too!  Enjoy!

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid

This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Braid is a fun way to serve up a weekend breakfast!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 210kcal

Ingredients

For the Braids

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ cup green onions scallions, thinly sliced
  • 10 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 9.6-oz package Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage
  • 1 package 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese

For the Topping

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • ½ Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

For the Braids

  • Drizzle olive oil into a large skillet; place over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and bell pepper and sauté for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until peppers just begin to soften. Add green onions, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, using a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • Pour egg mixture into skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until eggs are fully scrambled. Remove eggs from heat and stir in cream cheese. Mix well and then let cool. (Note: Ensure that all of the liquid from the eggs has evaporated before removing skillet from heat.)
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Meanwhile, slice the fully cooked sausage into ¾”-1” pieces; set aside.
  • Working with one piece of puff pastry at a time, place pastry on a lightly floured countertop and roll into a 12”x12” square.
  • Divide cooked eggs evenly down center of the two pieces of dough. Sprinkle cooked sausage and shredded provolone on top of eggs. Transfer pastry to a parchment-lined sheet pan. On each side of the pastry, make a series of cuts 1” apart. The cuts should run from edge of the pastry to the filling. (See picture in post for guide). Repeat process with remaining pastry.
  • Working with one pastry at a time, fold the top left strip diagonally across the filling. Next fold the top right strip across. Repeat in this fashion to create a braid, stretching the dough slightly as needed. Repeat with remaining pastry.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together large egg (for Topping) with 1 Tbsp of water. Brush tops of both braids with egg wash. Sprinkle tops with Italian seasonings and Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 400° for 24-26 minutes, or until tops of braids are golden brown.
  • Serve warm.

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33 Comments

  1. I love crafty things too. I used to scrape book, but it got a little time consuming so I don’t any more, but I do colour at times for relaxation purposes, lol 😀 Year ago my mother tried to show me how to knit and I could not pick that up one bit! I was so awkward trying to do it so no go on that one! I would love to see your yarn belt…hahaha. Though, yarn clothing is just the warmest…helllooooo socks!
    Ahhhh…puff pastry….love that stuff! So versatile, isn’t it? This looks like the perfect breakfast or brunch to serve on the weekend if family is over. Lots of coffee and a big piece of this and you’d have a lot of happy people, I’m sure!

    1. Laura has been doing a very little bit of scrapbooking now that Robbie has come along…mainly so that we have fun photos and memories to look back at. I’ve never been much of a scrapbooker though. I just dump all of my photos in a folder on the computer…which I then never come back and look at. Hah! And yes, this breakfast braid turned out quite well…I second your choice of lots of coffee, too. When the little guy wakes up at 5:30am, I know it’s going to be a ‘lot of coffee’ kinda day. 🙂 Thanks, Dawn!

    1. You know, I’ve never done much in the way of pottery. We dabbled with it at camp, but my pottery was never very good. My yarn belts, though? Oh yeah, those are a fashion statement for sure! (Just not sure if it’s a good one or not…) Thanks, Dawn!

  2. What a pretty breakfast! I’ve always been a little intimidated by intricate dough work, but this looks completely do-able. I’ve also been looking for a good turkey breakfast sausage, so I’ll have to check out Johnsonville sometime soon!

    1. Oh this is totally doable, Mara! I tried to show photos, but I got a little distracted with the weaving of the dough…haha! 🙂 And this turned into one epic breakfast for the family, too. Thanks so much…hope you are doing well!

    1. Thank you so much, Cathy! This breakfast braid was not only pretty fun to make, but it was fun to serve, too. Everyone was like “woah…what is that??” when I brought it out of the oven! Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

  3. Hi David! An omelet (of sorts) all wrapped up in golden puff pastry…a complete meal in one bundle! Most of my hobbies involved sewing, needlework and knitting and cooking, of course!

    1. I was totally thinking about the omelet thing when I was making this one, Dorothy! And the cream cheese in the eggs trick? Wow…amazing! 🙂 Also, I had no idea you were into sewing, knitting and needlework. Want to hem my jeans? (Haha…just kidding!!)

  4. Ohhh David!! I love crafts also!! and I so glad to see how much we do have in common, a curler?? hahaha I can’t picture you as a curler yet!! but what I can picture is tasting this wonderful sausage and egg wrapped in crunchy goodness!! You just hit a home run out of breakfast park and I loved it.

    1. Yup, I do indeed curl, Gaila! I don’t have any crazy colored pants like some of the Olympians wear…but I do indeed curl. You’ll be hearing more about that soon as the season starts up again in about a month. (And I curl a lot in the winter!) This breakfast braid was not only a ton of fun to make, but it was impressive to serve to the family, too. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  5. Stellar breaky idea here. I love things like this all wrapped up and ready to slice. While I’m not at all sports minded I did play basketball,softball, soccer ran track in my younger days, it was all for the parents, not me! I was more into movies and music. Crafts… well on occasion. Now we just need to see pics of those yarn belts please 🙂

    1. Hey, I’m a fan of wrapping everything up…and puff pastry is the perfect way to do it! I can imagine a dinner version of this same braid. Yum! Yeah, I totally got into track (pole vaulting) because my parents made me play a sport…but I actually enjoyed it a little bit. Go figure! Hey, I’ll be happy to post a photo of the yarn belts. In fact, maybe I’ll mail you one so you can sport it out there on West Coast! Yes!!

  6. Duuuuude, you might not have been good in Art Class back during your middle school days, but clearly, those classes stuck with ya – cos, just look at this! This is a stunner – such a pretty braid! It looks so intricate – a definite breakfast for guests – but yet it’s so simple – at least, you make it seem so. And, looks like you have an assistant (sous chef) in the making! Robbie will be helping you prep and taste in no time – hmmm… I might have to borrow him from time to time – I’d even take some of those woven yarn belts off your hands and ply y’all with cookies – deal?
    Happy Monday my Upstate NYC friend – hope this week is off to a wonderful start for y’all!

    1. This breakfast braid is indeed simple to make! Just a few cuts along the edges and then start folding back and forth. But it looks so impressive when it comes out of the oven! 🙂 I’ll need to post Robbie’s sous chef shirt here soon…I think he still has a bit of growing to do. But yes, you may absolutely borrow him whenever you want! (I could use a nap on occasion!) Thanks so much, Shashi!

    1. I totally agree with you, mate. And rightfully so. I’ve had some pretty bland turkey sausage in the past, but these turkey sausages are packed with flavor…just the way I like ’em! Toss ’em into a braid with some creamy scrambled eggs, and you’ve got breakfast ready to serve. 🙂

  7. I’m jealous because I’ve never been crafty. I desperately want to be crafty, and I try a lot. But things just don’t wind up looking that good.
    One of my students was a big-time curler. Probably still is. She’d drive up to NY from MD a lot and curl. I think she took it super seriously, so yay for unusual sports!
    And yay for pretty breakfast braids! I’ll try to make one, but it won’t be as pretty. Not crafty, right here.

    1. Say what? You aren’t crafty, Mir? I have a hard time believing that! Your baked creations always look so amazing! Hey, if you want me to send you a yarn belt, I’m sure Laura wouldn’t mind if we had one less around here. 😉

      So a student who curled, eh? And she’d drive up to NY to curl? She didn’t happen to come up to Schenectady to curl, did she? That would be too crazy!!

  8. Wow you’re a curler!!! Now that’s pretty freakin cool 🙂 This sausage and egg breakfast braid made my mouth water. It’s a stunning dish, I can’t wait to try it out myself.

    1. Hey, I gotta say that curling is a strange sport…but man is it a fun one! The season will be starting up in about another month or so, and it’ll be my 3rd year of it. If you ever get a chance, you should definitely give it a shot, Mary…that’s what we did. And now we curl every season! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  9. Making a braided bread definitely takes skill! I’m so glad you were able to develop your weaving techniques at summer camp….I’m certain it helped make this braided breakfast loaf much easier! It looks delicious and is certainly perfect for guests! Very impressive 🙂

    1. Oh, those weaving techniques at camp and in middle school definitely helped out with this recipe, Kathy. Haha! 🙂 This was indeed a great recipe for company…and I’m thinking about making it again for just me and Laura this weekend. Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much, Smitha! This braid turned out quite well…it was a huge hit in our house. 🙂 And yes, it would go great with a morning cup of tea!

    1. Absolutely! I’m thinking about doing this same thing for dinner sometime soon…perhaps an Italian themed braid? With a drizzle of marinara sauce? Sounds tasty, right? Thanks, Jeff!

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