I just finished planting our peas for fall along with some varieties of lettuce. Now it is time to reward myself with some food. A flavorful sandwich sounds like it would hit the spot. Spicy Mexican Sausage Hoagie uses a combination of techniques to make life easier. One is buying a pre-made grain based sausage and the other is using the crockpot. The sausage that I use is already very spicy but I love to go for it and add more fire. You make your judgement and there are ‘sausages’ that are not so hot but the recipe would be made the same. Enjoy this man/woman/child pleaser hoagie!
1 package grain based chipotle sausage
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 can (4 oz.) tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 chili pepper, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon. oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
whole wheat hoagie buns
Cut the casings off of the 'sausages', handling carefully. They will break. The 'sausages' aren't that delicate but be a little gentle.
Cut the 'sausage' into large chunks, about 4 slices per 'sausage' which gives you five pieces for each sausage.
Add oil to a large skillet and heat to medium high.
Add the sausage to the pan and brown on all sides.
When done, set aside to cool and then put in the refrigerator.
While the' sausage' is browning, put all the remaining ingredients (except the buns) in the slow cooker.
Stir and cook on high 3 to 4 hours.
At the end of your cooking time add the 'sausage' and stir carefully. Leave on high and cook another 1/2 hour.
That's it! All done.
TO ENJOY YOUR SANDWICH WITHOUT FREEZING:
Load up your hoagie buns with whatever vegetables you like. Great extras are lettuce, onions, black olives and bell peppers. Then spoon four 'sausage' pieces down the center along with some sauce.
Scrunch and try to fit it in your mouth.
If freezing - do not make your sandwich and let the 'sausage' mixture cool completely to room temperature. Put in freezer container as defined in my article http://veganinthefreezer.com/preparing-food-for-the-freezer
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Remove from the freezer and put in the refrigerator 6-8 hours before preparing. Put all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and heat through. Serve on a hoagie bun and enjoy the heat.