Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer Braised Onions
I received a little cash for my birthday and Christmas, so what better to do the week after Christmas than go out shopping? While I was at Walmart (yes, I do shop there), I ran across this book: http://www.amazon.com/Emerils-Kicked-Up-Sandwiches-Stacked-Flavor-ebook/dp/B008TW1C0S with a price tag of $3.97. Of course I bought it! Within its pages I found this recipe: http://www.emerils.com/recipe/8432/Smoked-Sausage-Sandwiches-with-Beer-braised-Onions and felt the need to try it out.
I don’t drink beer, but I will use it in cooking. However, no recipe I’ve ever come across calls for a 6-pack, LOL! So I buy a single can, use what I need and pour the rest down the drain. (You read that right, it goes down the drain. Beer won’t keep and the can costs me 99¢ so I don’t feel it’s a tremendous waste to dump the leftover liquid.) That cheapo can of beer is hiding in the back of this picture:
I knew my children weren’t going to partake of the onions, so instead of measuring out 8 cups, I used those 3 onions (the last of a bag). I was pretty certain that would be enough to suit my needs. When sliced and in the skillet, this is how much I had: If I recall correctly, that’s a 10-inch skillet. After the onions were cooked with the beer, they looked like this: And were they ever yummy! Mmmmmmm . . .
Add the sausages: and bread: Top with cheese, mustard and pickles, and you have got yourself a sandwich!
The sausage and bread were not cooked on a grill pan, as instructed. Instead I used a plain ol’ skillet on the stove. And, while I was tempted to buy some spicy dill pickles, I knew I’d be the only person in my house to eat them, so I went the the safe, and still quite tasty, bread and butter chips. Note: This sandwich is incredibly messy to eat (or maybe that’s just because I piled the onions really high . . . ) Also, I do acknowledge that this is a heavy sandwich. My hubby loved it for about the first half and then decided it was “too much” for him. Me? I loved every bite of mine, and was thrilled to consume leftovers for lunch the next day 😀