A Scrumptious Twist on Italian Sausage Sandwiches!
This meal came about because I had some Italian sausages and peaches. I wanted an easy meal and it got me thinking that these two foods would work well together, so I got on with it.
I first cooked the Italian sausages in a large skillet. This is how I always cook them. Over medium heat I add a little oil to the cast iron skillet, plunk in the sausages, cover with a lid and let them brown. Then I flip them and repeat. This takes about 10 minutes total for the sausages to be nicely browned and fully cooked. I know that many people add some water to the skillet, but I’m not a fan. I don’t think the water serves any positive purpose, except to dilute the pan juices and cause a lot of needless splattering.
After I removed the sausages from the pan, I added sliced peaches to the drippings and let them cook for a few minutes before turning them, adding slices of Serrano chilies and letting them cook until the peaches were a little browned and nicely softened. I then poured a little Sonomic Gold Almost Vinegar * into the pan, removed it from the heat and seasoned it all with salt and pepper.
I chose this particular vinegar because it’s made with muscat wine, is mild, and has a pronounced apricot flavor. I thought it would blend well with the peaches, but you could also use raspberry or balsamic vinegar and it would still be delicious, although I would use a lesser amount of balsamic because that vinegar is so powerful.
After emptying the skillet of the peaches and all their residual juices, I added a little oil and toasted up some split baguettes that I’d sliced into sandwich size pieces. A link of sausage, some peaches, chilies, and a spoonful of the incredibly flavored juices went on to each sandwich. I scattered each one with fresh oregano and served them up.
This most certainly is not a typical Italian sausage sandwich. Those slightly pickled peaches, bits of heat from the chilies, and the fresh herbal flavor from oregano made for a truly sensational sandwich. I’ve been asked to make these again before peach season is over and I’m more than happy to oblige. An easy and delicious one pan meal is what’s called for on these hot summer days. And this one surely does deliver.