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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, filled with good cheer, lots of laughter and loads of great food! I am slowly getting my mojo back. In the kitchen, that is. I seem to be having a difficult time getting back into the groove of cooking. I’m afraid that all the pre-Christmas preparations have left me knackered. I just had to use that word! It’s all good though. I’m hanging out with my girls, reading, watching movies, listening to music. We are eating, just not long, thought-out meals. Simple foods. Like this panino with Italian sausage. Oh, not just any sausage either. It’s the Bartolini sausage. I referred to this sausage briefly in the Orecchiette con Rapini e Salsiccia post. It was a side-note in that dish, with rapini the real star. This time, the star is the Bartolini Sausage.
Ages ago, I received the Kitchenaid attachments for making sausage. Hubby was hoping I would follow in my Italian ancestor’s footsteps and make some homemade sausage. All of those attachments have yet to be unwrapped from its packaging, let alone used for making sausages. But then I came across John’s recipe over at from the Bartolini kitchens. Simple, delicious and, most importantly, no casings! How great is that? Pork, spicy pancetta, garlic infused white wine, salt pepper and fennel seeds. I gotta have fennel seeds in my sausage. And that’s it. You’ve got yourselves some delicious makings for Italian sausage.
I had used some of it for my orecchiette dish and then froze the remainder into various shapes. And was I ever thankful to find them in my freezer once my mojo in the kitchen had gone.
As I look at that photo with the sausages laid out, I can’t help but be reminded of an Eskimo Inukshuk. I grilled them on the BBQ, with big, light snowflakes falling down upon me from the sky. Sipping a glass of wine. It was a lovely evening for my first-ever barbie in the wintertime.
Foraging through the fridge, I came up with a few goodies to add to these tasty little sausages, making this panino a meal in itself. Bumba Calabrese, a spicy sauce with Porcini mushrooms from Calabria, gorgeous spicy marinated eggplant from Italy, and my all-time favourite panino filling, rapini. Eat as is or grill it, it’s up to you. Now how’s that for a simple dinner?
Absolutely wonderful! I can not think of anything else I would like to have right now other than this. The spicy eggplant sounds wonderful. Grilled sausage looks amazing. Happy New Year! 🙂
Thanks Seana! I just love spicy marinated eggplant, even just as a side with a meal. I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!
The Novice Gardener said:
Knackered just about sums up how I was feeling right around Christmas. Haven’t even cooked anything since then, except for breakfast for dinner last night. Oh, and I fixed a salad a couple of days ago, if you can call that cooking :-). But now I want to make sausages! So I can have that panino salsiccia. Looks so…so…good, Lidia! I might go to Tony Luke’s (best place to get Italian sandwich in Philly IMHO) later today to get my craving satisfied! Have an amazing New Year, Lidia! XOXO, Angie.
Oh Angie, I know just how you’re feeling. Well, we’re almost done, aren’t we? So you’re in Philly. I hear Philly is quite famous for their sandwiches… the Philly steak sandwich? I wish you and your loved ones the best New Year Angie! xoxo
Fae's Twist & Tango said:
I can grab your panino and eat it in matter of minutes! Nothing beats homemade! Something about flavored ground meat in sausages or meatballs. 😛
For those of us Iranians who have not learnt to skewer ground beef kababs, we form them in long patties after all seasonings have been knead into. 2nd and 5th photos looks just like the ground (beef or lamb) kababs I make. I want grilled meat panino, now! 😉
Well Fae, I did eat my panino in a matter of minutes! And I know exactly what you’re talking about with those kabobs. I even have those metal sword-like skewers to put them on. I wish you a very Happy New Year Fae and all the best in 2014! xoxo
Mama's Gotta Bake said:
Lidia, I love the idea of a barbie in the winter! The sandwich looks amazing!
It was the first time ever for barbecuing in the winter. As long as it’s not -20 C as it is today, why not? I wish you and your family a Happy New Year Sheryl!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said:
Oh super yum, this looks delicious! Might have to ditch my dinner plans for this beauty!
She is quite the beauty, no? And so yum! Happy New Year Pamela!
Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide said:
This looks awesome. I also use my Kitchenaid to make sausage. I pack mine in casing and end up unpacking some for different recipes. I need to go free form for once.
Yes, so much simpler. Although seeing as I have those attachments, I really should give it a go at least once. Happy New Year!
That looks like a simply fab simple dinner 👍 enjoy taking it easy x x
Thanks Elaine! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!
Thank you, and to you xxx
I love how you teach that good, simple ingredients make all the difference!!!
Good, simple ingredients…you can never wrong with that. Happy New Year Marina and all the best to you in 2014! xoxoxo
I want one, it looks wonderful and congrats on making the sausage. One day I will too, but not with casings. Happy New Year!
Yes Suzanne, without casings is really the easiest way. I wish you a Happy New Year Suzanne and all the best in 2014! xoxo
OK I’m convinced, I’ll try John’s sausage, it does sound wonderful and twice you have sung it’s virtues. We endured 39c yesterday with tropical humidity, too hot even for the BBQ! Happy New Year Lidia!
Oh, how I envy you right now! Today is -23c here in Montreal. You did notice that minus sign, right? 🙂 And yes, this really was the simplest and yummiest sausage ever! Happy New Year Sandra and all the best in 2014. xoxoxo
Gather and Graze said:
Lovely to hear that you’ve been relaxing with the family and taking a little break from the manic Christmas cooking! A wonderful looking panino, packed full of flavour and love that you were out there barbecuing in the gently falling snow – would have made a great photo! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year Lidia!
Thanks Margot! I really am enjoying doing nothing and do not look forward to getting back into the back-to-school groove… I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year and all the best in 2014! xo
Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward said:
Lidia. Happy New Year! This looks amazing. How did you ever wait to eat your gorgeous sausage? I suppose that the perfect baguette was waiting for it’s match. Have a happy week and a food-filled 2014. Best regards – Shanna
Oh Shanna, thank you! I wish you and hubby and those beautiful children a wonderful New Year! All the best to you in 2014 Shanna! xoxoxo
Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward said:
Thank you, Lidia! The same to you and yours. xx
Johnny Hepburn said:
Sounds delicious. Especially those sausages. I’m on the lookout for a mincer right now. You know the type that’s manual. As I really fancy making my own sausages – when I start eating meat again! Still can’t face the idea of it. Ever since my nasty trio of colds.That’ll change, no doubt 🙂
Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling under the weather! Loads of hot soup and tea should help. As for the mincer, I just had the butcher do it for me. My bad? Sorry…I just had to put that in there, you know, to confuse you! 🙂 Happy, Happy New Year to you Johnny! All the best in 2014. xoxoxox
Now you’re talking, Lidia! These panini look fantastic! Using rapini like this is genius! Why haven’t I thought of this? I really must get someone to help me put my barbecue back onto the deck. You have me wanting to grill sausage patties again. I really cannot imagine using casings again. Going “free-form” is so much more convenient and easier to store. I separate the patties with sheets of wax paper and can easily get as many patties as I need. Try that with a string of frozen sausages.
You’ve been so kind when crediting our recipe, Lidia, and it is very much appreciated. I cannot wait to show Zia the panini that you’ve made. Of course, I’d better have some rapini when I do. I’ve a feeling that we’ll be making them for our lunch. 🙂
I hope you’ve been able to get some rest and may your New Year be blessed with good health and joy.
Yes, I’m quite please with the outcome of my panini, thanks to the Bartolini sausage! I shall be making these again, I can promise you that. And I like the idea of Zia seeing this panino. I hope I make her proud! Happy New Year to you both John and all the best to you in 2014! xoxoxoxo
What a lovely idea!
And a yummy one! Happy New Year!
Rosa de los Vientos said:
Yummie, Lidia! Delicious true (!) sausage. And I find you so brave, barbie-ing (does that word exist?) under falling snowflakes with a wine! Best wishes for 2014!!
I make words up all the time Rosa! Brave? Well, it was somewhat of a lovely eve. I wouldn’t attempt to go out there today with the -24c weather we’re having! I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year Rosa and all the best in 2014. xoxox
Now that is what I call a sandwich! No carefully thought out meals are needed with good food like this. 🙂 Have a Happy New Year, Lidia.
That is a sandwich! And often times the best meals are those that require no planning at all. Happy New Year Karen and all the best in 2014! xo
This looks amazing! Happy New Year!
Thank you… you are always so sweet Isabelle. Happy New Year to you and all the best in 2014!
Maria Dernikos said:
I loved the image of the falling snow flakes. This looks really delicious. I thought thank goodness so one else is knacked!! I have yet to recover from all the rich food and mountain of chocolate I feel I need to eat. What is even more worrying is that each post I read I feel a hankering for. Yours in no exception, I cook eat that ‘sandwich’ right now. Happy New Year!
The falling snowflakes really did make barbecuing in the wintertime more enjoyable. Well, that and the glass of wine in my hand! 🙂 And I hear you Maria. I am so fed up of eating, I wish I could just go without. Until I read all of the amazing blogs that I follow! Oh dear. It’s almost over… Happy New Year Maria and all the best to you in 2014! xoxo
This panino is out of this world! 😉