Hot Sausage Sandwich
If you have ever visited the British Isles you will have noticed that the British and Irish have some pretty weird breakfast habits. One of these is, of course, the famous ‘full English’ or ‘full Irish’ breakfast, both of which contain ‘bangers’, or sausages as one of the vital ingredients. Another quicker and cheaper breakfast option is the hot sausage sandwich.
Sausage sandwiches can often be purchased in diners, motorway stops and even stalls along the side of the road together with bacon sarnies (sandwiches) in addition to other wonderful delights. They are truly delicious.
This simple recipe will show you how to make a very basic hot sausage sandwich. The great thing about a sausage sandwich is that you can virtually add whatever you like to it; caramelized onions, peppers, tomatoes, whatever suits you.
In fact, in Ireland, they have something called a breakfast roll which I discovered when we first moved here. This contains of a baguette or sub which contains a filling of a full Irish !! Sausages, bacon, black or white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, and even baked beans! It has to be seen to be believed.
However this recipe is really just covering the basic sausage sandwich, as if you get the sausage right you will not need anything else, in my humble opinion. If you do add anything, it is just another thing that can fall out of the sandwich while you are eating it (and believe me you should try and eat a breakfast roll without dropping something)!
Best sausage for a hot sausage sandwich
I could write an entire blog post on the best type of sausage to use for a sausage sandwich, but that is not the intention of this post.
Here in Ireland, we are lucky to get a very good lean Irish Pork sausages. In England you will find a wide variety of flavoured English sausages: pork and leek, pork and spring onion, pork and apple, Cumberland sausage, honey and mustard, pork and thyme, garlic and basil, to name but a few.
And then there is venison sausage, beef sausage, chicken sausage. The combinations are endless for a variety of sausage dishes. We also have different sized sausages, with chipolatas (with a smaller diameter) also being well suited for a sausage sandwich.
At the end of the day the sausage sandwich is only as good as the sausage you choose, so choose wisely. Every country has its own type of sausage and I cannot guarantee this recipe will work with one of your local sausages. It is not a hot dog.
For the sandwich in the photos, I used some Jumbo Irish Pork Sausages from Aldi which are flavoured with spring onion and cracked black pepper. They are 80% Irish Pork and are really tasty.
Type of bread for a hot sausage sandwich
I used a basic sliced white bread in the sandwich but that is naturally your own preference. Traditionally this is what is normally done and the same goes for bacon sandwiches. This type of bread is good for retaining any sauces you may use.
I could imagine though if you were barbequing the sausages you may wish to add some fried onions and might want to use a hamburger roll or bun to make your sandwich. It is up to you.
Whatever condiments or sauces you use they should not overpower the sausage. These sandwiched were only lightly covered with some mayo and ketchup, being my own personal preference.
How to make hot sausage sandwiches