Category Archives: Little Things

Sausage Sandwiches with Tangy Peppers and Onions

My best friend got me into spicy sausage with peppers on crusty Italian bread. This is basically the same yummy sandwich she makes but I wanted to try something a little different so I cooked the peppers and onions with garlic, capers, and Italian parsley and used red wine vinegar while sauteing. You can cook this meat on the grill, griddle, or skillet. I used my griddle. This makes about 4 smallish sandwiches and the ingredients are approximate. A little more or less of something is fine depending on your taste.

Ingredients

  • Spicy, sweet or a mix of both sausage
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves- chopped
  • Bell peppers, 1 yellow, 1 red- sliced
  • Yellow onion, 1 half-sliced
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • Fresh parsley, a palm full- chopped
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Crusty bread

Take your sausages and cut them lengthwise down the center making sure not to cut all the way through. (If you cut all the way through no problem just cook them in halves.) You want to keep the casing to be intact enough so the sausage doesn’t fall apart. Flatten out the sausages as best you can for easier sandwich shapes. Cook these on a med-high flipping occasionally until slightly charred.

While those are cooking heat olive oil in large frying pan on med heat. Add garlic and cook for about a minute or two. Add onions and cook till slightly translucent. Add peppers and raise heat to med-high. Add 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar and allow mixture to cook for approx 5 minutes or until liquid has cooked out, stirring occasionally. Add parsley, capers and the remaining 1 Tbsp of vinegar. Stirring mixture, and cooking till liquid is gone and the strong vinegar smell is weakened. Really scrape the bits off your frying pan to get all the flavors working. Salt & pepper to taste.

I used a rosemary and olive oil bread, a bed of lettuce, and a slice of provolone to make these super yummy, spicy, tangy sandwiches.

Yum!!

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Exceptional Turkey Rolls

This is something I made when I didn’t know what to make.. but it turned out very yummy!  A balsamic reduction was the perfect component to bring these treats from basic to remarkable. Definitely a great BBQ or party munchy with a major comfort food vibe.

Ingredients

  • Pastry dough, 1 sheet
  • 1/4 purple onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp capers
  • Few slices turkey breast
  • Few slices provolone
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup or so of balsamic reduction (1/2 cup balsamic heated on low heat till thickened)

Tools

  • Baking sheet
  • Frying pan, for onion
  • Flour, for dough
  1. Prep pastry dough as per box instructions. (Thaw, handle with flour, preheat oven, 400*.) Lay out dough.
  2. Melt butter in frying pan, add onion and cook in med hi till browned. Add capers when onion is nearly finished cooking.
  3. In a small bowl whisk egg and mustard, brush over dough’s “up” side.
  4. Thinly layer turkey, cheese, onions. Roll dough carefully, starting at side closest to you. Try to seal roll as best as possible.  Cut in 1/2 inch slices. Arrange on greased baking sheet.
  5. Brush each with egg mixture.
  6. Cook for about 15-17 mins, until golden brown.
  7. Drizzle with balsamic reduction before serving.

Cheese on Toast

I don’t think enough Americans know about this.

You could make this in the broiler or toaster oven, as they do in England.

All you need is bread, cheese, and worcestershire.

I used a butter spread and fried on med heat on both sides, topped with swiss cheese and a few big shakes of worcestershire. Cover with lid to let cheese bubble.

Simple.

Apple and Goat Cheez Hors D’oeuvres, with Honey, Spanish Almonds, and Black Pepper

This is a  simple thing you could make as an appetizer, snack, or even for a holiday party, in no time.  The flavours are nicely interesting, but the best part is you don’t have to actually cook anything.

Ingredients

  • Granny smith apples
  • Lemon juice, about 1 tsp or so for brushing
  • Goat cheese
  • Spanish almonds, or other somewhat soft nut
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Black pepper, finely ground

Cut apples into level slices and brush lightly with lemon juice. This prevents apples from browning too quickly. Top with goat cheese.  Using your fingers is probably best.

Add nuts, and drizzle honey over centers.  Carefully dust with cinnamon and pepper.

That’s it!

Pork Roll, Egg & Cheez on a Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin

This is super basic but still really stands out amongst breakfast yummies. It’s perfect for those morning when you can’t decide between an omelet or pancakes.

I’ve heard you can only get, or used to only be able to get, pork roll (taylor ham) in Jersey, because the standard for meat is really low there.  So if that’s the case, you could use any salty breakfast meat. Bacon, sausage, ham, vegan “meat”… But if you have access to pork roll, I’d go for that. It’s really awesome.

Ingredients

(per serving)

  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices pork roll
  • ½ English muffin, cinnamon raisin
  • 1 slice cheez, pretty much of your choice, I’m using American
  • Maple syrup, grade b preferably, just not
  • Salt & pepper

Tools

  • Non-stick frying pan for eggs, with lid, or some aluminum foil
  • Frying pan for meat
  • Toaster

Start cooking your pork roll as per box instructions, or pretty much exactly like how you’d cook bacon; on med/hi heat.

When done to your liking, transfer to a few  paper towels, for degreasing.

While pork roll is cooking, start egg.  Heat non-stick frying pan on med heat for about 30 seconds. For more control, I’d recommend first cracking egg into a small bowl and then pouring it in.  Also, if you hold your frying pan at a slight angle, and the pan is hot, it’s easier to get your egg to stay where you want it.

Cover with lid, or use a piece of aluminum foil to lay over the pan. We want the heat to stay in, and cook the egg on top too.

Toast English muffin.

When egg looks pretty close to being done to your liking (I like mine a little runny, but, ya know) place slice of cheez over egg and replace lid or aluminum foil, till cheez melts.  Should take only seconds.

Plate English muffin, pouring some maple syrup on it. Then pork roll, egg and cheez.  Top with salt and pepper, and maybe add a bit more maple syrup to the plate.

BOOM!