Yes my dear readers, I have heard you. It is icy cold in many places and there is nothing like warm and cozy comfort food to take the chill off the house and the bones.
This weather has been so unpredictable lately and twin #1 told me of the run on Wal-Mart and other Grocery stores as people flocked to get stocked up for the icy cold weather that was predicted for the Midwest.
Twin #1 said the shelves were bare when he got there…sold out of bread and milk and toilet paper and other necessities. Everyone wanted to be prepared for the slick streets and driveways and the possibility of not being able to leave their homes for a few days.
I remember those days well.
I also remember that we seemed a bit more hardy in those days. As far as school activities, we were required to take recess (in grade school) and in High School, PE was also a requirement. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”…
Oops! that was the mailman’s creed but it might as well been applied to our school teachers and instructors.
I can remember a sassy little 3rd grader who happen to have the same name as yours truly telling her teacher Miss Rathert during a very cold recess time that she was cold and needed to go inside the school building.
Miss Rathert said it wasn’t that cold and that an extra few minutes wouldn’t hurt anyone…to which this precocious little girl in a flouncy dress said to her teacher….
…“well, you aren’t cold because you wear hose stockings and my little legs are bare!”
I will never forget that and kudos to my teacher for just looking at me and smiling, which I took at the time as a smugness because her legs were warm and it wasn’t until I started wearing stockings or panty hose in my later years that I realized they really didn’t keep one’s legs toasty warm.
However, I did walk to school through all kinds of weather…many times trudging through the snow for 2 miles…uphill both ways.
OK, it actually was not uphill either way but it still was very cold and we did survive it. No one questioned it as in those days, there were no school buses as there are today. We did what we had to do.
And don’t forget all the times we went sledding or played in the snow until our noses and cheeks turned red. We really didn’t notice the cold until we got in the house and began peeling off our coats, gloves and boots. Our toes and fingers almost frozen.
The hot cocoa that Mom always had prepared was so welcomed and wonderful.
And so is this recipe I have for you today.
I have made something similar called Italian Stromboli, except this filling filled dough has no tomato products. It is probably more like bierocks without the cabbage.
I used a premade pizza dough or you could make your own and I filled it jelly roll style with sausage and veggies.
The aroma coming from the oven would warm even the coldest fingers and toes.
I hope you try this recipe…vary it according to your own likes and dislikes.
If you have icy cold weather in your neck of the woods….keep warm and cozy with comfort food.
- 2 pounds of sausage (your preference of hot, mild, Italian etc)
- 1 onion, sliced or chopped (I prefer chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced or chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup of sliced mushrooms (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasonings
- ¼ cup of white wine (optional, but the flavor is wonderful)
- 6 slices of provolone cheese
- 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
- 2 lbs of pizza dough (I buy the premade pizza dough in the bakery section of my super market)
- Melted butter or olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning or garlic powder
- Grated cheese (I used Parm but you could use Mozzarella)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a heavy skillet brown the sausage along with the onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic and Italian Seasoning
- Add the white wine (I used Pinot Grigio) If you prefer, substitute chicken broth and simmer until the wine is reduced by half, and set aside.
- Using your hands, spread out the pizza dough on a floured surface, shaping to an oblong shape about ½ inch thick
- Lay cheese slices on the dough followed by the drained sausage mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese
- Fold in the ends of the pizza dough and then roll from the longest side to form a jelly roll. Pinch the seams to assure the dough is sealed.
- Gently lay the roll seam size down on a greased sheet pan and brush with olive oil or melted butter. Sprinkle about ½ teaspoon of Italian Seasoning if desired and add a bit more grated cheese to the top
- I also like to let the jelly roll rest for about 10-15 minutes before placing in the oven
- Bake about 15 minutes or until the dough is beautifully browned on top and sides.