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


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


The Beer That Kicked It Up!


A ton of onions but no tears!

Time to caramelize the onions


And adding the beer


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


Sandwich Assembly Time


Now THIS is a Serious Sandwich!



*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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