Whether there’s a game on or not, we’re always on Team Melty Hot Subs. These sandwiches are made super easy with Italian chicken sausage, which already comes flecked with spices and packed with flavor. It’s cooked with bell peppers in a garlicky tomato sauce that gets a tangy boost from balsamic vinegar. Pile the filling into cute and crusty demi baguettes, then let a blanket of mozz melt over the subs. While they’re in the oven, prepare a quick salad to round out the meal. Just make sure your hands are sauce-free to receive all the high-fives for a winning dish.
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Green Bell Pepper
Italian Chicken Sausage Mix
Demi Baguette(ContainsWheat, Soy)
• Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry produce. • Halve, core, and thinly slice bell pepper into strips. • Place 2 TBSP butter (4 TBSP for 4 servings) in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave until just softened, 10-15 seconds. Stir in ¼ tsp garlic powder (½ tsp for 4) and a pinch of salt. (Be sure to measure the garlic powder; you’ll use the rest in the next step.)
• Heat a large drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage* and bell pepper; cook, breaking up meat into pieces, until sausage is browned and cooked through, 4-6 minutes. • Stir in tomato paste, half the vinegar (you’ll use the rest later), ½ cup water (1 cup water for 4 servings), and remaining garlic powder. Cook, stirring, until sauce is bubbling, 1-2 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
• Halve baguettes lengthwise, stopping before you get all the way through. Spread cut sides with garlic butter. Place cut sides up on a baking sheet. (TIP: Line sheet with foil first for easier cleanup.) Toast on middle rack until bread is golden, 3-4 minutes. • Carefully spoon sausage and pepper mixture onto bottom halves; top with mozzarella. Return to middle rack until cheese melts, 2-3 minutes more.
• In a large bowl, toss mixed greens with remaining vinegar and a large drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. • Divide salad and sandwiches between plates and serve.