This hearty Italian sandwich is stuffed with sweet AND spicy sausage, Calabrian chili mayo, giardiniera and arugula.

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Sausage Hoagies
Level: Easy
Total: 25 min
Active: 25 min
Yield: 4 servings


1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Calabrian chili paste
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds mixed Italian sausage, casing removed
3 cups baby arugula
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large (11 inch) hoagie rolls
1 1/2 cups chopped giardiniera


For the spread: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Calabrian chili paste, lemon zest and salt. Set aside.

For the sandwich: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and sausage and cook, breaking the sausage into large pieces with a wooden spoon, until golden brown, cooked through and crispy in parts, about 15 minutes. Drain off excess fat if necessary.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the arugula, basil, cider vinegar and salt. Toss well to coat.
Split the rolls in half horizontally, leaving one side intact. Open the rolls like a book and remove and discard some of the inside of the bread. Spread 1/3 cup of the spicy mayonnaise evenly on each roll. Fill the bottom half of each roll with the crispy sausage mixture. Fill the top half of each roll with 3/4 cup of the giardiniera. Divide the dressed arugula between the sandwiches and close them, pressing gently on the top. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

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