Sometimes there is nothing better than a lazy Saturday night, when you invite absolutely no one to your house and you hole-up with your family for the evening.
I had spent my saturday doing mundane stuff liking cleaning the house, helping with homework and then had to go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is a thing I either love or dread. This particular day, I was in dread-mode. I had let my pantry dwindle down to crumbs and needed just about everything. This meant having to jostle with every other person in the supermarket in the same predicament.
I made it out alive and when I got home and everything was safety stored away I plunked down in the kitchen and wondering about DINNER! I poured a hefty glass of wine and opened the fridge door to survey what I could put together without too much trouble. Right there was a pile of Italian sausages and the clear plastic bin on the bottom shelf was packed full with all kinds of wonderful greens.
I pulled out the sausages, spinach and tarragon. Tarragon is my favorite herb of the month. It tastes of winter with it liquorice-y and mildly peppery flavor and I use it at every opportunity. All I could think of was frying the sausages and from there was stuck? Then I spotted the lovely fresh, practically still warm, loves of bread and I decided on sandwiches, piled high with fresh everything!
They were amazing, fun to make and took any pressure of cooking dinner off of my tired shoulders. I love Sandwich Night!
You will need:
8 slices of wonderfully fresh bread
4 big mild or spicy Italian sausages
Thin slices of good cheddar cheese (enough for 4 sandwiches)
fresh spinach leaves (enough for 4 sandwiches)
bunch of tarragon leaves (about 24 or so leaves)
slices of tomato (enough for 4 sandwiches)
Strong mustard (Grey Poupon or Coleman’s Mustard)
1 – Put some oil (about 2 tbs) in skillet/frying pan and fry the sausages on medium heat, turning to brown on all sides.
2 – Slice sausages in half (vertically) and fry with the cut-side down for a few minutes to brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.
3 – While sausages are frying, gather the rest of the ingredients and prep: slice cheese, wash and dry spinach leaves, slice tomatoes, wash tarragon and pull leaves from stem, butter bread on one side.
4 – Make sandwich: Place pan on medium heat (or a little higher) and place one slice of bread in pan, buttered side down. Immediately add a few slices of cheese, 2 sausages halves, greens, tomato, and lastly another layer of cheese.
5 – Add some freshly ground pepper and a little sea-salt. slather the mustard on the other side of the second piece of bread (a little tricky as it is buttered on the other side!) and place it, mustard-side down on top of the cheese layer.
6 – Check to see if the underside is browned by lifting a little of the sandwich with a spatula and turn gently when ready. Press the whole sandwich down with a flat spatula to get everything inside to meld together and become a nice solid unit.
7 – Fry until browned on the other side, then remove to a plate. Continue like this until all sandwiches are done.
Slice in half diagonally and serve with extra greens, or simply alone