Emeril’s Smoked Sausage with Beer Braised Onions is a #SeriousSandwich

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In Kicked Up Sandwiches, Emeril had a recipe for Smoked Sausage Sandwich with Beer Braised Onions that looked intriguing.  The main component of this sandwich that takes it up a notch is those beer braised onions.  I have learned that caramelized onions take a recipe from great to fabulous and if you add a fantastic beer to it and let that simmer away for 30 minutes or so and you will have a sandwich that is beyond “kicked up”.

Being in Pennsylvania, we have these lovely “state restrictions” where if we need to buy a 6 pack or so, you can’t just head to the local “packy” to pick one up.  You can often get a 6 pack in a bar but if you are going to a beer and soda store, you are going to wind up with a case.  That leaves NO room for experimentation in my book and if I’m going to buy a case of beer, it will be one that I drink often.  For a recipe that needs a beer “like Budweiser” and when you haven’t drunk Budweiser since college days, well, you know I’m going to find an alternative because I only cook with what I would actually drink (nothing against Budweiser – just a college thing, that’s all ;) ).  Thankfully the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting can sell six packs of beer and, per the suggestion of Dianne, I had some excellent counsel from their resident beer guru, Patrick, to try this Extra Special Ale (“ESA”) from Yards Brewing Company and, can I say, that beer was EXCELLENT!  Plus – it’s from a local brewery here in Philly and I definitely would recommend giving it a try.

To add an extra “kicked up” factor, I also whipped out the Emeril’s Kicked Up Horseradish Mustard instead of whole grain mustard and that really took the flavor over the top.  All in all, this is definitely a “card game” worthy sandwich and, if you make this sandwich for your guy – expect him to spoil you rotten – it’s THAT good.

Here’s the play by play:

Gather your ingredients

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The Beer That Kicked It Up!

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A ton of onions but no tears!

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Time to caramelize the onions

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And adding the beer

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Breaking out my fave double burner grill pan for the bread and the sausages

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Sandwich Assembly Time

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Now THIS is a Serious Sandwich!

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*Disclosure: A copy of Emeril’s cookbook was provided as per of the #SeriousSandwich Blogger Cookalong along with a jar of Emeril’s Horseradish Mustard. My opinion and experiences are 100% my own.

 

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