Panini w/ Italian Sausage


– 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
– 4 sweet Italian sausages
– 2 sweet onions, sliced 1/4″ thick
– 4 oz. button mushrooms, sliced 1/4″ thick
– 1 lrg. bell pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick
– 4 LBA focaccias, cut in half
– 4 oz. parmesan cheese, grated
– 8 1/8″ thick slices of Mozzarella


( Serves: 12 )

1.) Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2.) Heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in large, oven-safe sauté pan over medium heat. Add sausages and brown on all sides. Remove sausages to plate and return pan to stove. Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Sauté 5 minutes.

3.) Cut sausages in half lengthwise and place in pan with vegetables. Place pan in oven and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

4.) Preheat panini grill over medium-high heat. Drizzle buns with olive oil and halve. Place 1 ounce (generous 1/8 cup) grated parmesan cheese on each roll bottom; top with 1 slice Fresh Mozzarella. Layer with 2 sausage halves and approximately 1/2 cup of the onions-peppers-mushrooms.

5.) Top with 1/4 cup pepper strips, additional slice Fresh Mozzarella, and focaccia tops. Place in panini press for 5 minutes or until cheese melts and bread is golden brown.

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