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Sausage Egg and Cheese Braid

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 slices center cut bacon
  • ½ lb (8 oz) 99% lean ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 pinch dried marjoram
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust (I used Pillsbury)
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (make sure to choose a quality sharp cheddar for added flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon light butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375.
  2. Cook the bacon according to package directions and set aside on paper towels to drain. Crumble or chop the bacon when drained.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey with the salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, marjoram and crushed red pepper. Stir (or mush with your hands or a fork) until the turkey is well combined with the seasonings.
  4. Mist a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium heat. Add the seasoned turkey and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through and broken into bite-sized pieces. Remove the turkey to a side plate and wipe out the skillet with a paper towel
  5. While the turkey is cooking, break the eggs into a mixing bowl and beat together. Add a splash of water and stir to combine. When the turkey is done, mist the skillet with cooking spray and bring over med-low heat. Add the eggs and cook, using a spatula to move the eggs around, scrapping the thin layer of cooked eggs off the bottom until all the eggs are cooked and fluffy. Set aside.
  6. Unroll the pizza dough onto a piece of parchment paper and roll the dough to be 10”x14.” Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, make cuts up one of the longer sides of the dough, about 1 inch apart and about 3 inches long (into the center). Mirror those cuts on the opposite long side of the dough.
  7. Spread the turkey mixture down the center of the pizza dough, in a row with the cuts on either side. Top the turkey sausage with the scrambled eggs, chopped bacon and shredded cheddar. Starting at one end, fold a strip of the sliced dough on the side diagonally over the center ingredients. Fold the strip across from it over that strip in a criss-cross and repeat, alternating sides, until the strips of dough are covering the center in a braided pattern. Brush the top of the braid with the melted butter.
  8. Transfer the parchment paper with the braid onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden. Slice into 8 equal pieces and serve.

WEIGHT WATCHERS FREESTYLE SMARTPOINTS:
5 per slice (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:
6 per slice (P+ calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SLICE:
212 calories, 24 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 7 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 15 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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