Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Sandwiches

I am apparently addicted to sandwiches lately, since this is the third one I've done in a row.  But it's summertime, and nothing beats a sandwich in the summer.  This is my Italian Sausage Sandwich.  It's sort of a spin on sausage, peppers and onions.  Isn't it colorful?  Almost like a rainbow.

Anywho, this sandwich is so flavorful and really easy to put together, despite the long list of ingredients.  You can, of course, switch out the peppers for other peppers.  You don't have to put two sausages on one sandwich if that's too much. You can leave off the cheese.  I can't leave off the cheese. Cheese belongs on everything, in my opinion.  I hope you enjoy this sandwich as much as we did.

8 Italian sausages (I used hot)
8 Hoagie rolls or sub buns
1 orange bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 large red onion, sliced
1/4 C sliced pepperoncini peppers
3 T of the juice from the pepperoncini jar
2 T tomato paste
1/4 C red wine
1 T butter 
Olive oil
Red chili flakes, to taste
1/2 C water
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
8 slices Mozzarella or Provolone cheese

For the sausages, put them in a large skillet and cover with 1 inch of water.  Add in the red wine and cover.  Bring to a boil. Continue cooking until most of the water has cooked out. Remove the lid and drizzle in some olive oil.  Continue cooking, turning occasionally, until they are browned on all sides.  (This makes a mess in your pan.  Once you remove the sausages, put some dish soap and hot water in the pan and soak.  This will make cleanup easy.)

Meanwhile, melt the butter in another large skillet and drizzle in some olive oil.  Add the bell peppers and onions and cook until almost tender.  Add in the Roma tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, 1/2 C water, pepperoncini peppers, the pepperoncini juice, basil, oregano, and red chili flakes. Season with salt and pepper.  Cook until the sauce is thickened.  Remove from heat.  

Preheat the broiler.  Split the Hoagie buns and lay a slice of cheese over each bun.  Melt the cheese under the broiler. Lay two sausages on each bun and top with the pepper mixture.


  1. Really great recipe!!!! My sub buns had a tiny bit of mold growing on them (sad face) but remedied the situation by putting everything over rice and it was delicious!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl! And the rice sounds great too. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  2. missing the cheese in the ingredients.... help what kind?

    1. Whoops! Thank you for pointing that out. I fixed it in the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!