Oct 09 2012

#SeriousSandwich: Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

When I first received my advance copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches, I went to town with the post-it notes, marking all the potential meals I’d be whipping up. Making the cut early on were Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions, which sounded absolutely fantastic. Smoked sausage on French bread with some mayo, spicy mustard, Muenster cheese, and beer-braised onions, of course. My goodness, that’s amazing!

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

I don’t cook all that much, other than the basic stuff. I know I shouldn’t say this, but we eat a lot of pasta around here. Baking calms me, inspires me, makes me happy. Cooking stresses me out a bit. It’s not as natural. This recipe may have converted me.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

The whole experience was such a joy. From the slow cooking of the onions, to the preparing of the other ingredients so that assembly would go together smoothly, it felt like a dance instead of the usual chaotic affair. It probably helped that it was a leisurely Saturday afternoon instead of a stress-induced 10 minutes between work and soccer practice.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

It only got better when it came time to actually consume the sandwich. Such a symphony of flavors, everything working perfectly in harmony. It was pure bliss! The family had long since finished eating (no need for them to wait while I photograph mine), leaving me with no distractions, every bite exceeding the previous in enjoyment.

I make smoked sausage all the time, but usually grilled or boiled, always served with ketchup on a plate, sometimes with mashed potatoes, sometimes with french fries. Not all that interesting. I have learned the error of my ways! There is so much more to this reliable piece of meat!

Cover of Emeril's Kicked-Up SandwichesEmeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches will be released on October 16, 2012. To be sure you’ll get a copy, you can pre-order it here.

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Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. Morrow Cookbooks provided me with a Cookalong Kit including an advance copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches. In addition, upon completion of the #SeriousSandwich cookalong, all participants will receive a small grocery reimbursement and a complete library of Emeril Cookbooks.

About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. Kimberly

    Yum, yum, yum! I cannot wait to make this sandwich! Nice job!

  2. Susan 30A EATS

    My stomach is growling! … Literally! Great post!

  3. addie | culicurious

    Yum, sausage and onions are the best. I love the idea of braising the onions in beer. Definitely takes it to the next level. :)

  4. Bonnie

    After I read the calzone post…I thought… yup. I’ll probably buy this cookbook. After reading this post…I’m definitely ordering it!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      It’s quickly becoming a favorite around here. :)

  5. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

    This sandwich hit my short list too – but finding muenster cheese might entail a trip to the Italian Market… hmmmm… perhaps this weekend :)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Really? Sargento makes a presliced version that they have with all the “regular” cheese (shredded, etc.) in the grocery store. Worth it if you have to seek it out.

  6. Wendy

    awww– I so want one of these now. YUM

  7. Sara C

    Sandwiches seem like a great transition from baking into cooking! Are you planning on making any of the bread recipes out of the book, too? I bet you’d be good at it!

  8. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    We eat a lot of pasta too – nothing wrong with that! :) This sandwich looks amazing

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