Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand.
All opinions are 100% my own.
Children and adults will enjoy this cheesy Mozzarella Italian Sausage Sandwich!
It takes only minutes to prepare yet tastes so delicious!
If you love chicken or meatball Parmesan subs then you’ll love this time saving recipe!
No need to make the meatballs or season the meat since the sausages come already seasoned!
Hi there! Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite childhood foods, ( actually it is still a favorite of mine) Italian sausage sandwiches! I grew up in the northern part of New Jersey and one of the best things about living up north was all the great Italian food. My family used to take my siblings and I to an Italian restaurant which had the best Italian hot dogs and sausages.
They were so simple to make but sooo delicious. The hot dogs and sausage sandwiches were filled with yummy hot dogs or sausages of course, caramelized onions and green/red peppers with fried crisp but soft potatoes then drizzled with ketchup and mustard. MMMmm mmmm! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! The rolls that they used were soooo good too! It’s the simplest foods that taste so darn good!
Friday night dinners in my home are usually something simple, fun, budget friendly and easy to prepare like this mozzarella Italian sausage sandwich. Even though this recipe is not exactly what I had at that wonderful Italian restaurant, it is kind of close, so every time I make this I get nostalgic.
Nothing like a good Italian hot sub sandwich! For this recipe I stopped at Harris Teeter. While there, I noticed they had a buy one get one free sale. I was in luck because they had a buy one get one free deal on their mozzarella! I picked up the whole milk mozzarella cheese. As you know, mozzarella can get pretty expensive, so I was thrilled to purchase two of them for only $1.69!
Woot woot! Harris Teeter’s Private label brands are actually inexpensive, so next time you shop for groceries stop at Harris Teeter and see for yourself. As you can see in the above photo, I purchased all Harris Teeter’s private label products.
I don’t always buy leading brands products when private-label brand products are just as good or even better. The whole mozzarella cheese I mentioned earlier and everything else I purchased is proof of that. Check out some of Harris Teeter’s low priced items.
I first heard of Harris Teeter several years ago when I lived in Columbia Maryland. It was a new supermarket in my old neighborhood. The first time I visited the store I noticed the prices were less than what other supermarkets charge. Long story short, after all these years, Harris Teeter is still relevant to me.
One reason it’s one of my go to stores is because their private label items are priced low while still maintaining high quality.
This recipe is very easy to make and forgiving. All you have to do is cook the onions and garlic or whatever vegetables you decide to use then set to the side. Cook the sausages for about 3-4 minutes on each side then set to the side for later.
Add the seasonings, onion and garlic and red peppers, tomato sauce and water to the same pan the sausage was cooked. Add more seasonings if you prefer. Spoon the sauce over the sausages then place it into the oven with a lid on 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes or until done.
Lastly, cut each baguette in half then cut lengthwise on the top of the roll ¾ way through the roll and place on a baking sheet.
Add sauce to both sides of the bread. Place a sausage inside each baguette then top with cheese. Broil the cheese until melted about two to three minutes. Remove from the oven and top with basil (optional).
Oh yea, feel free to use whatever type of sausage you want. I used Harris Teeter’s huge Italian chicken sausages. I bought 6 of them for about 7 bucks! Yup, less than a dollar each! Definitely can’t beat Harris Teeter’s low prices.
I love using sausages to make my hoagies because number one, it’s so much faster then making a ton of meatballs for a meatball sub. Don’t get me wrong, I love meatballs and all but sometimes I want something much faster to prepare. Oh and number two, I don’t have to worry about seasoning them. One less thing I have to worry about. I love shortcut recipes!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. All opinions are 100% my own
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- 2 lbs Italian sausage in their casings do not remove the casings
- 2 small 15 inch baguettes
- 4 garlic cloves optional
- 1 onion optional
- 16 oz tomato sauce
- 1 14.5 oz can whole unsalted tomatoes
- 3 tbs vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- 14 oz can red peppers roughly chopped drained (use half of the can)
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1-2 tsp sugar
- salt for taste
- pepper for taste
- 3 tbs fresh basil minced
- 2 tsp dry parsley
- 1/2 tsp thyme seasoning powder
- 1/2 tsp sage seasoning powder
- 1 tsp garlic seasoning powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 bay leave
- 1/8 tsp rosemary seasoning powder
- feel free to substitute Italian seasonings for the last 8 ingredients if you prefer
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the whole tomatoes to a food processor and puree. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan. Add onions and cook until translucent. Set the onions to the side. Add the garlic and cook stirring until fragrant. Remove and set to the side.
Add 2 tbsp vegetable oil to the pan. Once the pan is hot add the sausages and cook each side for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the sausages from the pan and set to the side. Add the tomato sauce, red peppers and whole pureed tomatoes and water to the pan. Add the seasonings adjust seasoning to your preference if needed. Add the sausages back to the pan and spoon the sauce over the sausage. Place the pan with a lid in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until done.
Cut each baguette in half then cut lengthwise on the top of the roll ¾ way through the roll and place on a baking sheet. Add sauce to both sides of the bread. Place a sausage inside each baguette then top with cheese. Broil the cheese until melted about two minutes. Remove from the oven and top with basil (optional).
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