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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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 994 calories, 60g fat (26g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 2164mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • Corwin44
    Feb 27, 2017

    These were good and came together easily. I did make some changes based on items I had on hand. I used a 12 oz can of tomatoe sauce with 1 teaspoon of fennel and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning instead of basil. I think fresh basil would have made this dip fantastic but I didn't have any basil in the house. The fennel was really good in the dip and gave it that pizza sauce flavor. For the patties I used half Italian sausage and half ground beef with one egg and 1/3 cup of dry bread crumbs to combine the patties. We had havarti cheese instead of mozzarella. Everyone really enjoyed the sandwiches and I appreciate that they are versatile.

  • Kris Countryman
    Sep 21, 2012

    Great sandwich. I loved the dipping sauce. Just a little bit of a bite to it. I used frozen Italian sausage patties and it was very quick to prepare.

  • NinaJ
    Aug 20, 2010

    I can see why this is a contest winner. Great sandwich even my picky kids loved this.