When I was a little girl there was only one kind of sausage-Italian. No I stand corrected, there were two- Sweet Italian and Hot Italian. When we were told that we were having sausage for dinner no one ever asked what kind. As we got older, Ma ventured into other cuisines introducing us to kielbasa, bratwurst, and knockwurst. When Himself and I moved to Germany I was exposed to all different kinds of wursts such as blood, curry, weisswurst, and bratwurst. My favorite being the Weißwurst which is a very traditional Bavarian white sausage of pork with subtle hints of nutmeg and parsley.
You are entitled to use any sausage or wurst of choice in this recipe as it is a basic recipe that can be made using any combination of flavors. Instead of Italian sausage why not a chicken sausage, ham, and Swiss cheese in place of the mozzarella for a Cordon Bleu Bread? Or how about brats, drained sauerkraut and Emmanteller for a German twist? A Breakfast Bread can be made with breakfast sausage, scrambled or hard-cooked eggs and cheddar cheese. You get the picture. Ja?
one pound loaf Italian Bread, unsliced
1 pound Italian sausage or sausage of choice
1/2 vidalia onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
herbs of choice- I used fresh oregano and basil-1 T. each, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4-1/2 tsp Kosher salt, depending on meat choice
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella or cheese of choice
In a skillet brown onions and sausage. Set aside. Slice bread opened length-wise. Pull out then inner soft portions of each half leaving a thick shell. Whisk eggs together with milk, Parmesan, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and toss in torn bread pieces stirring to coat bread well. Pour in meat mixture and mix well. In bottom half of bread sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese then top with meat mixture. Cover meat with the remaining cheese and top with top portion of bread pressing down to seal. Wrap tightly in foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and let set for 5 minutes before slicing. Serves about 6.
Compliments a salad or soup very well. Nice in a lunch box too.