Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza BraidI didn’t feel like making a big dinner so I decided to grab a few ingredients from the grocery store to make a homemade pizza. Instead of a regular pizza my kids and I decided to make a pizza braid. It only took a few extra minutes to make but was totally worth it! It not only looked really pretty it tasted delicious too. I planned on using just sausage and mushroom for the filling but my kids talked me into using pineapple too. This pizza braid was quick and easy to make and was a huge hit with the whole family… especially my kids who thought it was really cool.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Cornmeal
  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Pineapple tidbits
  • Dried basil, to taste

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Place the pizza dough onto a floured surface and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage (removed from casings) to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, making sure to break up the sausage into crumbles. Add the onion, mushroom, crushed fennel seeds, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes, stirring often, or until the sausage is cooked through and the mushrooms and onions are tender. Set aside.

Place a silpat mat (or large baking tray) on the counter and coat with cooking spray and sprinkle the top with a bit of cornmeal. Roll (or spread) the dough out on top of the silpat mat into a rectangle. Spoon the sauce down the center of the rectangle followed by the meat filling, pineapple, and cheese. Note: Don’t use too much sauce or your pizza braid will be a bit soggy.

Cut even slits on both sides of the filling with a pizza cutter. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Spray the top of the pizza braid with olive oil cooking spray then sprinkle with a bit of dried basil.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

Carefully place the silpat mat onto a baking sheet then place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid

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62 Responses to “Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Braid”

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    Sabrina — March 11, 2011 @ 3:38 am

    what a great idea! this would also be perfect for a party or when we have people over for a game! It looks delcious! I agree with your kids, I would definately add the pineapple too!

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    Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook — March 11, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    This looks like so much fun and a great way to get the kids in the kitchen too.

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    Melissa — March 11, 2011 @ 4:03 am

    That. Is awesome. I make pizza quite often but never have I considered doing a braid. I bet your kids were so stoked. Delicious!

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    Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box — March 11, 2011 @ 4:07 am

    Ok it is fate. . . I saw ANOTHER 'braid' yesterday that I wanted to make. . .soo, two in two days means I HAVE TO MAKE A PIZZA BRAID! 🙂 This looks awesome and easy! 🙂 Thanks for the step by step pics! 🙂

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    goatstew — March 11, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    This dish really turned out beautifully. I'm thinking about making a few and having friends over this weekend, each with different ingredients. The beauty is, my pizza braid could be low fat and the healthy version, and my husband can still make a meat and cheese (and fat) loaded one if he wants. It's a great recipe. I'm excited to try it!

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    나니 — March 11, 2011 @ 5:08 am

    Ohhh this looks so yummyyy! *_* Can I take you with me when I move out of my parents' house to live on my own? You can just come by at night and cook my dinner! : D Hahaha!

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    Chelsea — March 11, 2011 @ 5:21 am

    Wow, this is beautiful! I really appreciate the pictures- I've experimented with braids but can't seem to do it right!

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    Indian Recipe Book — March 11, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Wow !!! I never see this type of pizza anywhere.. Love the texture you gave to it. So, it could be a new flavour for me to try…im so excited !!!

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    goodgrindz — March 11, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    oooh looks yummy. also looks like a good thing to make for the kids or teaching someone to make on a dinner date. good stuff

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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — March 11, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Much more interesting than a normal pizza, what a good idea. Diane

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    Katerina — March 11, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Anything that resembles pizza is a favorite of mine. You put beautiful ingredients in this bread!

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    kathleen — March 11, 2011 @ 11:22 am


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    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) — March 11, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    What a great idea, look so good

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    The Blonde Duck — March 11, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Only you could make that look easy!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — March 11, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Your pizza braid looks amazing! I'll have to give it a try one day, but I doubt it'll turn out as nice as yours… Great flavors!

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    Jenn — March 11, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    That looks seriously good. Like a calzone but prettier! Love this!

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    .life is reediculous. — March 11, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    yummmmmmm. my favorite combo! happy Friday Pam!

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    StephenC — March 11, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Truly a great way to get the kids involved.

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    Tammy — March 11, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    this looks really good! I love braids! I have a quick and easy beef cheese stuffed bread for a quick meal also on my food blog that you may like, come check it out:http://daybydaysunshine.blogspot.com

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    Mushrooms Canada — March 11, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    What a great idea! I love making pizza at home… it's so much fun when you can get everyone involved!
    – Brittany

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    Spoon and Chopsticks — March 11, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    Really liked your pizza braid. I want to take a bite.

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    Suman Singh — March 11, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    WOW..what a great and innovative dish..I have never seen pizza like this before..looks so pretty and perfect!

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    Kelly — March 11, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    It looks beautiful!! Gonna have to try it! Much love * Kelly @ Something Different For Dinner

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    Joanne — March 11, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    That braid looks fantastic! You have SO set off a pizza craving. Sigh.

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    What's Cookin' with Mary? — March 11, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    SO pretty! I'm actually fixin' to make a cilantro lime chicken pizza 😉

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — March 11, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Wow, this looks incredible Pam! I've always wanted to try making a braid but never thought to do a savory one; I've always had some kind of fruit in mind. This is so creative! Thanks for sharing.

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    Marjie — March 11, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    The braid is so pretty! I bet your kids loved eating it as much as they enjoyed helping you make it.

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    ~~louise~~ — March 11, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your family fun with us, Pam.

    The grandkids are coming for a visit in July and I plan on saving this recipe so we too can "play."

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    fittingbackin — March 11, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    LOVE IT! I never thought about doing a pizza braid – i've done a breakfast one and it was super fun! This would be SUCH a great appetizer for a bunch of people – love it!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 11, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    This looks delicious! Love that you braided it to make it look more interesting.

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    TheBasilBee — March 11, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    AMAZING! I just printed this recipe out and going to attempt it for Sunday night dinner since all of our favorite shows are on and I dont want to be stuck cleaning up 23084 dishes/plates from dinner! Keep ya posted on my attempt!

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    Ana Powell — March 11, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Great fun to make and well delicious.
    Have a great weekend ♥

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    Susan — March 11, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Very, very nice, and tasty, I'm sure. I also assume you took great care in cutting the slits so as not to harm the Silpat? Susan

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    Gloria — March 11, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    OMG Pam this pizza look absolutely tasty and delicious I have to make, hope will be like yours, look nice Pam, gloria

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    Sonia — March 11, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    Fantastic and mouthwatering braid, it has really come out very well and am sure must be delish too. great post.

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    Paper Napkins — March 11, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    This looks delicious, I'll have to try it this weekend.

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    Helibeds Baking — March 11, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    This looks amazing! Will have to try it soon! =] Thanks for the idea! x

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    Parsley Sage — March 12, 2011 @ 12:29 am


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    We Are Not Martha — March 12, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    This looks so pretty!! Like a calzone but ten times better 🙂


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    ~RED~ — March 12, 2011 @ 3:42 am

    What a great idea! Gorgeous photos also!

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    Tessa — March 12, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    I really like the braid idea. It is like a calzone-stromboli mix. It looks great!

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    Kris — March 12, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    Oh STOP!! I have to weigh in tomorrow! Looks fab!!!

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    ann@Apples and Twinkies — March 12, 2011 @ 4:49 am

    What a great idea. That pizza braid looks really beautiful.

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    Kristen — March 12, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I've never heard of a pizza braid before – I love the idea of it!

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    Chris — March 12, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    What a neat little trick! Thanks for sharing it.

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    Martha (MM) — March 12, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    Oh my! This looks incredible!

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    Stacey Snacks — March 12, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    What a beautiful looking stromboli!
    I love it!
    Enjoy the weekend.

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    Alice — March 12, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    Looks incredible! I bet it tastes the same!

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    Dori — March 12, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    This looks so interesting and delicious! I must try it 🙂
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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    Big Dude — March 12, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Pam – You put a lot of effort into a not very big dinner – that usually means leftover meat on a salad for us. The dish looks delicious

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    Elisa — March 12, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    The look of the bread seems like it came out of a magazine. food always taste better when the family was involve. Great idea and how many people does it serve?

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    Pam — March 12, 2011 @ 9:46 pm


    This served my family of four and we had a bit leftover. Hope this helps.


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    teresa — March 13, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    oh gosh, that looks so good! i love braids, especially when they have such killer ingredients.

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    grace — March 13, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    what a fantastic creation, pam! i like a little variation from the ol' pizza pie, and this seems well worth a little extra effort. bravo.

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    Conor @ Hold the Beef — March 13, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    It turns from a scary mummy into a delicious dinner 😀

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    Eugene @ Food and Scent — March 13, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    Wow the braid looks so difficult but I think I'm gonna attempt them. Your photos sure help a lot! Thanks!

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    Marina Lukyantseva-Haworth — March 13, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Looks awesome! Great idea, and I love the fact it is kid-friendly. Will try one day for my family and have the kids involved.

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    Mandy — March 14, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Great idea! This would be so much fun to make with my teenage cousins are sleeping over or at the house to play games.

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    Anonymous — March 14, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    What a fabulous idea to braid your pizza, Pam! I bet your children loved it…it looks delicious!

    Kim in MD

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    Jen — May 27, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    This was so easy and so good!! Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

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    filipino girl — August 4, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    WOW! This looks really good. I was searching for Pizza Recipes, I am planning to make a fantastic Home-Made Pizza for an upcoming Filipino singles party for all my filipinos here in Great Falls. As a filipino woman who just moved in America, I really dont have a lot of experience making some good pizza. In the Philippines, we have different type of Food. When I cam here everytime I attend a party, there’s always like chips, mexican food, and of course the Pizza. I think Pizza is great to have for parties. So, Really glad to find some good recipes and try. Experimenting and trying new recipe is fun to do, and everyday practice makes a perfect pizza! 🙂

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