Growing up I hated having sandwiches for lunch, even went as far as saying I hated sandwiches, except for PB & J.
I was a super picky eater and would eat a bag of peanut butter m&ms and a coke for lunch and get in trouble by my swim coach when she walked by.
I don’t know how, when, or why it happened, but I prefer a salad or sandwich for lunch now, pretty much 100% of the time.
Garlic butter, ground sausage, tomato sauce, lots of bubbly cheese, and basil make this sandwich irresistible.
I always incorporate a sandwich into our meal plan for dinner, whether it’s a chicken sandwich, burger, pulled pork, crispy fish, we love them. They are usually fairly easy to make, don’t really require a side, and are filling. Win, win, and win.
Speaking of easy to make, you guys, these are easier to make than tacos, seriously. There are no excuses to not make this one.. .
- For the Garlic Butter:
- ½ cup of Butter, unsalted & room temperature
- ¼ cup of Basil, chopped finely
- ¼ cup of Parsley, chopped finely
- 4 cloves of Garlic, minced
- For the Sausage Filling:
- 1 lb. of Italian Sausage, ground
- 14 oz. can of Tomato Sauce
- ¼ cup of Red Wine
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 1 tablespoon of Basil, chopped
- For the Sandwich:
- 4 Hot Dog Buns, I found brioche & they were incredible
- 4 slices of Mozzarella Cheese
- 8 slices of Provolone Cheese
- Optional Toppings: Chopped Red Onion, Torn Basil
- Combine butter, basil, parsley, and garlic in medium bowl. Set aside.
- Place ground sausage in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and brown, breaking up with a spoon. When browned, add the sauce and wine. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in salt and basil.
- Turn your oven on to high broil.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of garlic butter on the inside of each bun and 1 tablespoon on the outside/top of each bun. Place in the oven to just toast.
- Remove and place 1 slice of mozzarella cheese at the bottom of each bun, place ¼ of the sausage filling in each sandwich, and top each with 2 slices of provolone cheese.
- Put back into the oven and broil until cheese is bubbly.
- Sprinkle with chopped red onion and torn basil, if desired.
- Remove and eat with a fork and knife.
Happy Cooking, The Barbee Housewife