Italian Sausage Sandwiches

"I've always made this with sweet Italian sausage, but have recently started doing it with Polish kielbasa as well. The directions are for Italian sausage and works just fine for either hot or sweet sausage; the Polish sausage doesn't require parboiling unless you just want to do so to reduce fat."
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  • Poke the sausages all over with a fork, and place in a large lidded skillet with 1-2 Tsp extra virgin olive oil and 1 cup white wine or water, turn on heat to medium, and partially cover.
  • When pan begins to boil, turn sausages, and continue to simmer, turning several more times.
  • When liquid has evaporated, uncover, and continue cooking until sausages have browned to your taste.
  • Remove sausages from pan, and set on paper towels to drain.
  • Drain all grease from skillet, but do not wash or rinse it.
  • Add 1-2 Tsp more extra virgin olive oil to pan, and place on medium heat.
  • Add onions, and garlic, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Moisture from the onions should be enough to deglaze the pan, but you can add 1/4 cup white wine or water, if desired, to help with the job.
  • Stir the onions, scraping the bottom to pick up and dissolve browned bits from the sausage.
  • Continue cooking and tossing until onions are almost translucent.
  • Add peppers, and toss to combine with onions.
  • Turn up heat to medium-high, and continue to toss and cook until peppers are crisp-tender or to your taste.
  • Bury the sausage in the vegetables to reheat if necessary.
  • I usually serve on crusty French rolls or Bolillos, crusty Mexican rolls that have been heated in the oven.
  • Either one is better than your typical hoagie roll.
  • I split the warmed roll, brush on a little marinara sauce, split the sausages lengthwise, and pile on the onions and peppers.
  • If desired, line the roll with a slice of provolone and/or place one on top of the sausage and veggies.

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  1. Terrilynn
    Soooo Good! Took me back to my younger days on the Jersey Boardwalk. I used sweet Italian sausage, left out the cheese which I didn't have and added thin slices of potato that I cooked in with the onions, garlic, green peppers, salt & pepper. Other than adding the potatoes, I followed your recipe exactly and it was a great sandwich. It also works well using hot dogs. This is a keeper.
  2. evewitch
    This turned out pretty well. There seemed to be too many peppers and onions relative to the sausage. I used water instead of wine, 5 sweet sausages, 2 cloves of garlic, 3 green peppers, and really a very small amount of marinara sauce (less than 1/2 c.). I used Del Monte original sauce in a can (yeah, yeah, I know) and didn't bother to make it spicy. We also used the provolone, and used whole wheat hoagie rolls.
  3. adamwa
    very good - made with a 5 pack of hot italian sausage. Only change next time will reduce the peppers and onions, were a LOT leftover for us!
  4. Mommy2CJ
    Omg this was so delicious.. I made this tonight being that I had most of the ingredients it asked for.. but I did not expect it to turn out as good as it did.. I followed exactly as stated the only difference is I didnt have rolls so I stuffed pita pockets with the ingredients & they were still soo yummy.. my dh who is a hard one to please loved it & asked for it to be a regular now! Cant wait to try with rolls next time..thanks for the keeper!!!!
  5. Kim~In~Canada
    Made these just as they were posted and they were delicious. Thanks.


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