Hot Italian Patties
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INGREDIENTS
  • Servings: 4
  • 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
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine tom. sc., basil, garlic powder & pepper flakes* in saucepan. Bring to boil over med. heat. Reduce heat; simmer 15 min.
  2. Meanwhile, shape sausage** into 4 thin oval patties.
  3. In skillet over med. heat, cook patties 'til no longer pink; remove & keep warm.
  4. In drippings, sauté onion 'til tender.
  5. Place slice of cheese on 4 slices bread; top each with patty, onion & remaining cheese.
  6. Top with remaining bread.
  7. Butter outside of sandwich.
  8. Cook in large skillet over med. heat 'til both sides are golden brown & cheese is melted.
  9. Serve with herbed sauce for dipping.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
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!!