Super Bowl sausage sandwiches embrace Chicago’s diversity
BY JUDITH DUNBAR HINES For Sun-Times Media January 28, 2014 3:14PM
Makes 8 servings
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
8 hot links sausages
2 (12-ounce) bottles beer
1 cup thinly sliced onion
8 Italian sub rolls, split
1 pound sauerkraut, drained
Prepare outdoor grill for medium high indirect heat.
On work surface, crush garlic and caraway seeds with side of a heavy knife. Pierce hot links several times with a fork. Place beer, onion, garlic and caraway into a cast iron pot and set over hottest part of the grill until it comes to a boil. Add sausages and let cook at a low boil 10 minutes, then pull from the high heat to the indirect heat section of the grill, cover pot and let simmer 5 minutes.
Toast bread, cut side down on grill, and set aside.
Use tongs to remove sausages from the pot and place them on the hot side of the grill and cook, turning often, until they are plump and crisp. Add sauerkraut to pot until heated through.
Tuck sausages into the bread and use a slotted spoon to top the sandwich with sauerkraut. Top with a squiggle of mustard and cheer for your favorite team !
Updated: March 1, 2014 6:02AM
In Chicago, beer and sausages go together like, well, Bears fans and football. And those fans are a hardy lot, ready for a tailgate party at any time.
The regular season may be over, but one final football fling is in order. And the grill stands ready, no matter the weather. Enter Super Bowl Sunday!
Brats in beer always are a popular party choice, with debate between family and friends as to whether the brats should be grilled first and then submerged in a warm beer and spice mixture, or boiled first and then grilled. I’m of the boil first camp. And I stray from the traditional bratwurst into hot links territory — I like a bit of bite with my food and these made-in-Chicago sandwiches cover many ethnic bases. Locally made Italian bread toasted on the grill, sauerkraut with caraway to honor our German heritage, and then that South Side addition of the spicy links is the perfect — and delicious — mashup of our ethnic melting pot.
Search out a local microbrew for the beer. Choose a light amber ale or, for deeper layer of flavor, pick a dark and hearty style. Even the bread choice is carefully considered according to neighborhood favorites. North Siders think of Chicago Avenue’s Gonnella while our neighbors on the West Side insist on Turano’s. Add one of the many local artisanal mustards available to keep the regional theme going.
Invite friends over for food and fun while you watch the game on Sunday; this recipe multiplies easily to meet your needs, no matter what neighborhood you live in or which team you choose to root for!
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