Spicy Sausage in Tomato Sauce with Provolone Sandwich
Panino con La Salsiccia Al Sugo e Provolone
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
One pound of Spicy Italian Sausage, about six fat links
4 large cloves Garlic, thickly sliced
1 cup diced Sweet Onion, cut in a medium dice (less than ½ inch)
1 cup Tomato Sauce
¾ cup Chicken Stock
¼ cup packed, chopped fresh Parsley
4 6 inch long Italian hero rolls
8 heaping Tablespoons shredded/grated Provolone Cheese
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large, deep saute pan, heat the olive oil. Add the sausage links and brown well on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, slice in half lengthwise and set aside.
In the same pan, over medium high heat, saute the garlic and onion until softened, about 4 - 5 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce, chicken stock and parsley. Stir to combine.
Place the sausage in the sauce, cut side down. Let simmer about 30 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through. At this point the sauce should be thickened and should "cling" to the sausages. Keep the sausages and sauce on a very low heat and prepare the bread.
Slice each hero lengthwise across the top of the roll, stopping about three-quarters of the way to the bottom. Do not slice all the way through. It should be like the shape of a hot dog roll.
Open the roll, and with your fingers, press the soft bread on the inside to create a larger pocket.
Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of the Provolone cheese and ¼ teaspoon of Parmesan into the pocket. Top with three sausage halves (or ¼ of the sausage pieces) and some sauce. Sprinkle the remaining Provolone and Parmesan on top and broil until the cheese melts, about 1 minute. (Watch carefully so it does not burn).
If you can not find spicy sausage, you can use sweet sausage - Just add ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (according to how spicy you like it) to the garlic and onion saute.
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