Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini

Have you ever watched Sandwich King on Food Network?  He finds and makes uber delicious sandwiches of all shapes and sizes.  Well.. this food creation made me channel my inner Sandwich Kind recently!

I have not been cooking ANYTHING lately which explains my lack of blogging.  After all.. do you really want to know that I heated up a chicken breast and put it on toast with bottled BBQ sauce? No?  Here is a recipe that is more complex, soo decadent, and oh so good!

Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini @ HappyWifey.net

Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini

Makes 4 servings (or however many you can cut the loaf into!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package hot Italian Sausage Links (or mild)
  • 1 bell pepper, julienned (I used orange)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • butter, for greasing the pans (or cooking spray)
  • mozzarella cheese (I had shredded)
  • 1 loaf of french, italian, or semolina bread
  • 3-4 cups of fresh spinach

Directions:

  • Cut bread lengthwise and in half once.  I made two larger paninis and then split them later.
  • Cook the sausage links in about 1 inch of water in a skillet (I used cast iron).  When the water evaporates, you can add a little more and continue cooking if you feel the inside of the sausage isn’t cooked through.
  • In a second pan, melt a little butter and saute the peppers and onions.  You can let them sweat!  I like to let them get a little soft.

Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini @ HappyWifey.net

  • Once the sausage is no longer pink, remove from the pan and slice them long ways (butterfly it).  I then add it back to the pan on high heat, to get a little crunch to it.  Slicing it helps it stay on your sandwich!

Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini @ HappyWifey.net

  • Once the sausage is done, you can start making your sandwich… layer the sausage all along your bread bottoms until the bread is covered.  In the pan you cooked the sausage in, cook some fresh spinach until it begins to wilt and get soft.
  • Cover the sausage on the sandwich with peppers and onions.  Top with mozzarella cheese and cooked spinach. Top with the top of the bread that you reserved and your sandwich is assembled! Here is a look at mine before it got pressed…

Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini @ HappyWifey.net

  • To make a panini the old school way, melt some butter on a flat cast iron griddle and place the sandwich on the pan.  Take another HEAVY pan or skillet and press down on the sandwich as it cooks.
  • To get the top hot and crispy, carefully flip the sandwich and repeat the pressing of the skillet.  It takes a little talent but works!  When in doubt… buy a panini press?

Hope you enjoy it :)

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