Hot Italian Patties
1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes*
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage**
1 med. onion, thinly sliced
8 (6oz.) slices mozzarella cheese
8 (3/4" thick) slices French bread
1/4-1/2 c. butter
Combine tom. sc., basil, garlic powder & pepper flakes* in saucepan. Bring to boil over med. heat. Reduce heat; simmer 15 min.
Meanwhile, shape sausage** into 4 thin oval patties.
In skillet over med. heat, cook patties 'til no longer pink; remove & keep warm.
In drippings, sauté onion 'til tender.
Place slice of cheese on 4 slices bread; top each with patty, onion & remaining cheese.
Top with remaining bread.
Butter outside of sandwich.
Cook in large skillet over med. heat 'til both sides are golden brown & cheese is melted.
Serve with herbed sauce for dipping.
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This recipe actually came from a Quick Cooking mag. back in 2000. It was shared by B..J. from Garden City, KS. I've never really had a lot of luck with recipes from that publication that we liked. But this one was definitely an exception. DH often requests this when he's in the mood for not just a plain boring burger!! When I make it, I often use half pork sausage and half ground beef. We just seem to like that combination!! I've added my notes at the end of the recipe!
For our taste, the red pepper flakes made the sandwich too hot! I've used fennel instead and what a delightful change that made. I think I'll likely do it this way from now on. Though I also think maybe using even less pepper flakes would be worth a try.
I used Jimmy Dean Sausage, as real good Italian Sausage is hard for me to find around here. JD's sausage was excellent!!