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Hot Italian Patties

 Hot Italian Patties
I've been making these spicy and satisfying sandwiches for more than a dozen years. On occasion, I substitute country sausage for the Italian sausage and they taste just as good. Served with a zesty sauce for dipping, they're my family's favorite. -Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter, softened

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, basil, pepper flakes and
  • garlic powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer
  • for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, shape sausage into four thin oval patties. In a skillet
  • over medium heat, cook patties until no longer pink; remove and keep
  • warm.
  • In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Place a slice of cheese
  • on four slices of bread; layer each with a sausage patty, onion and
  • remaining cheese. Top with remaining bread. Butter the outsides of
  • sandwiches.
  • On a griddle or in a large skillet, toast over medium heat until both
  • sides are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve with herbed
  • tomato sauce for dipping. Yield: 4 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 994 calories, 60 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 150 mg cholesterol, 2,164 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 37 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.