If there is one thing that I like to make from scratch, it’s sausage, hands down. Not only do I enjoy the whole process of trimming, cutting and grinding the meat, but I love the fresh taste that only comes from doing it at home. Another great aspect is I can choose how much fat will remain in the final product and how fine or coarse to grind the meat. On of the things I can’ t stand about store bought pork sausage is the amount of fat and grizzle that’s usually in it…..or as Jenn likes to say “creepy chunks.” Those aspects always give sausage a bad name and it doesn’t have to be that way!
So for this recipe, we are going to take the easy route of making homemade sausage (no cutting, trimming or grinding) that will give you excellent results and will be sure to impress. Then, we’ll add some onions and peppers, provolone cheese and toasted rolls and you’re on your way to one heck of a Superbowl treat! As a side note, when I went out to buy rolls for this project, the store closest to me was clear out of traditional slider rolls and I was too lazy to head down to the next supermarket. So I went with a classic dinner roll instead and it worked out great! A little bigger than the slider, not nearly as large as a burger bun….thus….the “King Size Italian Sausage Slider!”
I like to make this dish outside on my Weber charcoal grill, but you can prepare inside as well. I hope you enjoy!
- 2 lbs. ground pork
- ¼ cup red wine
- 2 tsps. salt
- 2 tsps. sugar
- 1 tsp. fennel seed
- ½ tsp. each black pepper, crushed red pepper
- 2 red bell peppers, sliced thin
- 3 small onions, sliced thin
- 2 Tbsps. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 dozen quality dinner rolls
- Deli sliced Provolone cheese, cut to size to fit slider roll
- Mix all sausage ingredients together in a bowl, cover and place in refrigerator
- Heat oil in skillet and season with salt and pepper. Add peppers and cook for 3 minutes. Add onions and sautee until onions are golden and caramelized.
- Meanwhile, toast undersides of the top and bottom of rolls on a grill, in the broiler or in a skillet. If using a skillet, brush a bit of oil or butter on each before toasting on medium heat. Place the bottom portions on a cookie sheet and set aside.
- Remove the sausage from the refrigerator and form patties to fit your rolls. Grill, broil or pan fry the patties until cooked all the way through, about 15 minutes.
- Place each patty on the bottom portion of the roll
- Top with onions, peppers and cheese. Place top bun half on.
- Place cookie sheet directly on the grill or in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted.