We love these messy sandwiches. I like to make the caramelized onions ahead of time and then these go together quickly. These make great sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. From Bon Appetit.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lbs onions, thinly sliced
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon caraway seed
- 3 smoked sausage, fully cooked, such as white bratwurst or 3 chicken-apple sausages
- 4 slices rye bread
- 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 4 ounces gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onions and sauté until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in vinegar, sugar and caraway seeds.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and sauté until onions are deep brown and very tender, about 20 minutes longer.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm over low heat before using.).
- Preheat broiler.
- Brush 11x7-inch metal baking pan with oil.
- Place sausages in pan.
- Broil until sausages are brown and crisp, about 6 minutes per side.
- Transfer sausages to work surface and cut lengthwise in half.
- Arrange 3 sausage halves on each of 2 bread slices.
- Spread 2 teaspoons mustard over sausages on each.
- Top sausages with caramelized onions, dividing equally.
- Top with Gruyère or Emmental cheese slices, dividing equally.
- Cover with remaining 2 bread slices.
- Spread half of butter over upper bread slices.
- Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
- Carefully invert sandwiches, buttered side down, into skillet.
- Cover and cook until bottoms are brown, about 5 minutes.
- Spread remaining butter over upper bread slices.
- Turn sandwiches, cover and cook until bottoms are brown, about 4 minutes longer.
These ARE messy, as stated, but so delicious! Loved the caraway in the onions. Kind of like a patty melt with sausage instead of hamburger. I adapted this for use with my Foreman Grilleration machine. I grilled the sausages and then used the machine as a panini maker instead of using the skillet. Made for Fall 2008 PAC.