It’s the perfect pull-apart, dipping twist on your favorite hot dogs and sausages

It’s fun. It’s tasty. It’s easy. The perfect thing to find on your picnic blanket this Fourth of July weekend is Caterpillar Bread. It’s the perfect pull-apart, dipping twist on your favorite hot dogs and sausages

Check out my how-to video: jandatri.com/recipes/one-minute-kitchen

Ingredients:

1-2 containers refrigerated bread dough (I used pizza dough).

Note: Each container makes about three caterpillar breads.

Your choice of:

1 package hot dogs

1 package Italian sausage or brats

1 (8 oz.) package whole medium white mushrooms

2 tablespoons butter

Mustard and ketchup

Optional, 1 large sweet yellow onion and

1 large pepper, sliced thin

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water or milk, beaten for egg wash

1 cup shredded cheese, optional

Directions:

Step #1 Cook your hot dogs and sausages according to desired cooking method. (Hot dogs can be boiled, grilled, oven baked or can be used right out of the package, uncooked. Sausages can be grilled, oven baked or cooked in skillet until done.)

Step #2 For mushrooms, in a medium skillet sauté whole mushrooms in butter until softened

Step #3 For onions and peppers (as a side dish for sausages) sauté onion and pepper in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.

Step #4 Roll out refrigerated dough and cut into three sections. Place hot dog, sausage or a line of mushrooms in the middle of dough. Fold dough in half and pinch the edges to seal. On the side where the dough is folded, make 1 inch slits, leaving 1/3 from the sealed edges uncut.

Twist first cut portion to the left, and second to the right. Repeat this for the rest of the portions.

Step #5 Place the shaped dough onto a parchment lined or greased baking sheet and brush dough parts with egg wash. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Step #6 For cheese topping, remove caterpillar bread from oven about 5 minutes before done. Sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Pull apart, dip in condiments or serve with onions and peppers. Enjoy.

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