Sausage Pizza Danish with Sautéed Portabella Mushrooms

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Inspired by the movie "Goodfellas ( 1990 )

Goodfellas is the true story of Henry Hill who lived his life in the “mob.” There is a scene where Henry and Paulie (the big cheese) are in jail along with some of their cronies. They have a large cell with all the conveniences of home. The guys are making an Italian sauce with pork, beef and veal. Paulie is shaving the garlic extra thin with a razor blade so that it will melt in the pan with a little olive oil. Who knew wiseguys had the culinary touch.

The recipe for Sausage Pizza Danish with Sautéed Portabella Mushrooms is inspired by the move “Goodfellas.” In this movie they think they know what’s really important in life, they kill a little and they cook a little. The two seem to go hand in hand. If this wasn’t based on a true story, the good folks of America would never believe it. But do believe, this dish rocks!!

½ pound Jimmy Dean or other premium ground Sausage
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs. red onion
4 to 5 large slices of Portabella mushrooms
Dash Salt and pepper
4 oz. sour cream
1 – 14 oz. jar pizza sauce, divided
1 ½ cups grated Mozzarella cheese
1 egg yolk with 5 drops of water
2 tsp McCormick’s Pizza Flavor Seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook ground sausage in a medium non-stick skillet over low-medium heat, stirring frequently for 7 minutes, or until it’s no longer pink. Drain and set aside.

To skillet, add olive oil, garlic, onions, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Sauté mushrooms about 8 minutes, turning once. Set aside.

Gently unroll refrigerated French loaf onto a greased cookie sheet, working lengthwise. Using a pastry brush, add sour cream and ½ pizza sauce to middle of dough, leaving 1 inch at the short ends uncovered for closing. Spread out evenly. Add mushrooms, sausage and cheese.

To close dough, fold in the 1 inch of dough on the left and right. Pull top dough over 1/3rd of filling, then fold the bottom dough over top dough. Pinch the sides to make sure they are closed.

Cut 6 slits at an angle about 2 inches apart on dough top.

To make egg wash - whisk egg yolk with 5 drops of water. Using a pastry brush cover entire loaf. Sprinkle loaf with McCormick Pizza seasoning.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

To Serve – Remove from oven and after about 5 minutes, brush remaining pizza sauce on a platter and place pizza Danish on top. Slice with a serrated knife along slits in loaf.

Serves 6 to 8.

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