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There are two camps in the spaghetti sandwich world; those who have always wanted to do it and those who have and now live better lives.  When you are served a spaghetti dinner, you often get a slice of bread with it.  I think it’s to mop up the sauce, but us food lovers usually end up with a half sandwich.  And we love it.

I posted a pic of a basic spaghetti sandwich recently and it was received quite well.  So I thought it’s time to elevate the spaghetti sandwich to the next level, Hungry in Houston style.  These sandwiches are usually made with left-over spagetti, but since I had no left overs, we are doing it all.

Ingredients:

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Here what I have, but its totally up to you:

  • Rosemary sourdough bread
  • Butter
  • Fresh grated parmesan
  • Mozzarella (dont ever buy pre-shredded)
  • Garlic
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Spicy Italian sausage
  • Fresh grated Italian seasoning
  • Ground red pepper

To prep:

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  • Mince the garlic, shred the mozzarella, and shred the parmesan with a zester
  • Heat the spaghetti sause, add the Italian seasoning and red pepper to taste.  Let simmer, reducing, until the sauce is thick – you don’t want messy runny sauce in a sandwich
  • Boil the noodles until your preferred tenderness, then strain – leave in strainer to remove all excess water
  • Cook Italian sausage according to directions.  Let rest and slice down the middle so it fits on the sandwich better.
  • Sear the inside of the sausage on high for one minute.

The bread – the secret:

What we want to do is create a garlic bread, but since this is a sandwich, we are going to do it grilled cheese style.

  • spaghetti_sandwich_prep-300x225-1Heat a skillet on medium
  • Take a stick of butter and paint the skillet with a liberal amount of butter – remember this is a garlic bread, its supposed to be buttery
  • Add the minced garlic and then the shredded mozzarella to the pan
  • Place the bread on to the cheese, butter and garlic and grill it for about a minute to create a garlic cheese crust
  • Warm the end on the stick of butter by placing in the tip in the skillet, then brushing the top side of the bread
  • Once you have the garlic cheese crust, flip the bread and grill that side until a light golden brown

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 Construct:

  • Plate the grilled garlic toast so the cheese side will be the INSIDE of the sandwich, the outside pieces should be the golden buttery sides
  • Scoop a nice portion onto the cheese crust
  • Layer the Italian sausage on top of the spaghetti
  • Top with parmesan

And you have the ultimate epic spaghetti sandwich – its a spaghetti dinner in an amazing sandwich. Stay hungry, Houston.  What off the wall sandwiches do you make?

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