Just a ‘quicky’… I was needing something to make quickly for dinner tonight. I’d been making some experimental bread and time got away from me.
So I decided to mix the bread with some sausages and a bit of cheese… and it was really really good.
First off, the bread. It’s a very mild ‘sourdough’. I’ve been playing with a variation on the ‘5 minute no knead’ bread. Basically once you have some dough working, each day you take the (roughly) quart of ‘starter’ that’s in the fridge, add 2 cups of all purpose unbleached flour, 1 cup of warm water, a tsp of salt and stir it all. Let it sit in the (covered) tub on the counter for an hour or two, and then take half of it out dumping it on a very well floured surface.
Well floured as it’s rather runny. After a few ‘dust with flour, turn, fold, dust, etc.’ cycles, you have a loose, but stiff enough, dough to put in a greased floured baking pan. That rises to the top of the pan (but not much higher as it is too loose to hold an inch up over the rim) and then you hit bake – medium oven ( 350 F ) for 40 minutes. After it cools (barely ;-) cut thin slices about 1.5 cm. Mayo goes on the ‘down side’… (of the filling… or the top of the bottom slice) Texture and flavor are reminiscent of an English Muffin, but fresher and a bit richer.
While the bread was cooling…
Two large ( 6 inch x 1 inch?) New York Style mild Italian sausages are put in a cast iron frying pan with a bit of olive oil. One for each sandwich. Medium heat about 3 minutes a side to a nice deep brown. Then carefully hold on edge with a fork, and slice down the middle on the uncooked edges. Butterfly it and lay center down to cook the insides. Near, but not at, the end, flip over to heat the skin, then after a minute or less, flip back to finish. Lay sliced Colby Jack over it. Turn the heat down a bit and wait for the cheese to melt. Once melted, put it on the bread slice – meat to mayo, and top with the other slice of bread.
This was very surprisingly good…
Follow with a small dish of French Vanilla or Vanilla Bean icecream
Definitely a ‘keeper’…
I’d post a photo of it, but there were no survivors ;-)