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Hot Italian Patties


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By kc10
Member since 2006

Serves 4 | Prep Time | Cook Time

Ingredients

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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Notes

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!

Enjoy!!

NOTES:

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!!

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