Italian Sausage Panini with Pickled Peppers and Onions

Yep, I pickled some peppers and onions today…I had no idea it was that easy or really what went into pickling something. You can do it too…it is SUPER easy! The pickled peppers and onion are what made all the difference in this sandwich too!

1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tspn red pepper flakes
2 tspn. salt
1 T sugar
2 garlic cloves, smashed, but not chopped up
1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced
1/2 medium onion, sliced
4 Italian sausage links, butterflied, or split down the middle
4 T olive oil
4 ciabatta rolls
4 slices provolone cheese

In a large pot, combine the vinegar, water, pepper flakes, salt, sugar and garlic and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the peppers and the onion. Let them pickle for at least 30 minutes.

While those are pickling, preheat grill over medium-high heat. Cook sausages for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

Slice the rolls in half and brush them with olive oil on the inside. Put the provolone on the bottom, put a piece of cooked sausage on top of the provolone and then top it off with some of the pickled onions and peppers. Put the top half of the bun on top and place in a panini press about 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crisp. If you don’t have a panini press, grill the sandwiches in a large pan like you would a grilled cheese sandwich, but put a heavy pan on top of the sandwiches to flatten them a bit. Cook for three minutes per side.

What did the family think? Everyone loved it! Hubby and I had it with the pickled veggies and it made ALL the difference. The tanginess of the veggies coupled with the spice from the Italian sausage was SO good! The boys had the same sandwich we did, but I left out the pickled bits.

We had this with corn on the cob and watermelon…a perfect summer meal.

from Food Network

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