Italian Sausage Sandwiches

This, my carnivorous friends, is a serious meal on a bun! If you love a run-down-your-arm Italian sausage sandwich, this recipe is for you. As I told my girls, there ain't no polite way to eat this. You just get a roll of paper towels, roll up your sleeves and get it in that hole under your nose however you have to.

Of course, this would undoubtedly be better with grilled sausages, but I stayed indoors this time.

Ingredients
5-6 Sweet Italian sausage links
5-6 Hearty hoagie rolls
3 cups Your favorite spaghetti/marinara sauce
10-12 slices Provolone, mozzarella, or pepper jack cheese (two per sausage)
1 Green bell pepper, sliced to 1/4"
1 Red bell pepper, sliced to 1/4"
1 med Yellow onion, sliced to 1/4"
2 cloves Garlic, minced or pressed
Oil
Kosher salt
Pepper

Method
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When the pan is hot, add about one tablespoon of oil and let it heat a few seconds.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Add the peppers to the pan and cook about five minutes, tossing occasionally.

Add the onions and continue cooking about five minutes, tossing occasionally.

Season with a dash of salt and pepper during about the last minute of cooking.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Remove the pepper and onion mixture to a heat-safe container and set aside.

Return the pan to the heat and add a little more oil.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Add the sausages to the pan and cook for about three minutes.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Turn the sausages over, and cook for approximately three more minutes.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Turn the sausages over, add about 3/4 cup water to the pan.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Continue cooking until almost about half of the water has been evaporated.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Add the spaghetti sauce and garlic to the pan, and reduce the heat to medium.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Add the pepper and onion mixture to the pan, and stir to combine.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Continue cooking until the sauce is reduced by about half.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Slice the hoagie rolls and line each with two slices of pepper jack cheese.

Slice each sausage lengthwise, put it in the bun, and pour on the veggies and sauce.

Add a little crushed red pepper if that's your thing (it's certainly my thing).

Don a bib and enjoy!

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4 Comments:
Blogger Chris said...
I agree with you about the grill, but in this case, I think there is something gained by doing it in the pan for the sauce.

I guess I could do the 6 minutes searing on the grill and then move them to a pan on the grill with the water and go as directed from there?
Blogger Patrick Smith said...
Or use a cast iron skillet over charcoal on the grill - best of both worlds!
Blogger Buzz said...
John, another great meal. I only wish I had known all this when my kid were little and would have appreciated it. I'm sure you are the best Dad on the block. Thanks for another great recipe, it is going in the recipe box tonight.
Blogger John Dawson said...
Thanks for the very kind words, Buzz. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. -John

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