I love using my panini press. It was a wedding present, and I really didn’t think I’d use it that much. It’s not something I use every single day, but it is DEFINITELY something I’m glad I have! I’ve recently been browsing pinterest for new and creative panini recipes. In the past, I’ve made a Tomato, Pesto, and Mozzarella Panini and a Loaded Baked Potato Panini. Both of them were excellent, so I was really looking forward to more new panini recipes!
This Italian Sausage Panini was really good. It’s very hearty so even though it’s “just a sandwich” it’s still filling enough to serve for dinner! It’s also definitely a man-pleasing recipe. I will say, this is one very messy sandwich and you will probably need utensils to eat it…or lots of napkins.
This was my first time cooking sausage that was not ground or turkey kielbasa sausage. It was a new experience for me boiling the sausage, pricking it, and having to wipe/rinse off the grease and fat. I gotta say, it was pretty icky. I don’t know if I want to do that again. With that aside, I really did like this panini! Next time I might just use kielbasa instead though to reduce the fat and the grossness of having to cook it.
Italian Sausage Panini
Adapted From: food.com
Makes: 1 panini
1 hot Italian sausage or 1 sweet Italian sausage, uncooked (I’m gonna try Kielbasa next time I make this!)
1 ciabatta bun, split OR 2 slices of sourdough bread
2 -3 slices provolone cheese
roasted red pepper
1/4 c marinara sauce
optional toppings: basil, olives, banana peppers, etc.
Put sausage in small pot and cover with water. Bring to boil over high heat. Once water boils, prick the sausage with a fork several times so that the grease comes out as it cooks.
Boil sausage for 5 minutes, or until it looks at least halfway cooked. Remove sausage from water, and rinse it under warm water to wash the scum and fat off of it.
Preheat panini press. Slice sausage in half, lengthwise. Place sausage cut-side down on hot press, and cook until done, about 5 minutes or so.
Place cheese on bread, then add sausage, and top with roasted red peppers and marinara sauce. Add any other additional toppings you’d like.
Close sandwich and spray lightly with Pam or olive oil spray. Grill in panini press until the bread is golden and crispy.