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Hot Italian Patties

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

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

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

  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, shape sausage into four thin oval patties. In a skillet over medium heat, cook patties until no longer pink; remove and keep warm.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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