Shell’s Stuffed Sausage Sandwich … cheese, spinach, garlic … this goodness “ain’t” your typical sausage on a bun!

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Serving: 6 as an Appetizer
  • Fridge Friendly: 4 Days
  • Freezer Friendly: 2 Months

Cost Per Person: ¢

  • ¢: pennies
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  • $$: less than $7
  • $$$: less than $10
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This isn't your "typical"sausage on a bun!

This recipe came about when we were out to dinner a few years ago, and we ordered a very similar appetizer.  I bit into this masterpiece of crispy bread on the outside and a warm sausage and cheese filling on the inside, and my mouth was in heaven.  So, I did my best to deconstruct what I was tasting in the filling and … right or wrong, this recipe is what I came up with – everyone who tastes it assures me I was more “right” than “wrong”! I hope you’ll try it and see if you agree.

Why I Love This Recipe

This is a meal in itself or a great party app.  It’s hot, cheesy, melty goodness. 

Why You'll Love This Recipe

It’s a one-pan prep.  The filling can be made ahead, and it is freezer friendly.  It’s quick, hearty and delicious. 


To Make Garlic Butter:

  • 4 tbsp. Butter – room temperature
  • 1 Clove Minced Garlic for Butter

To Make Sandwich Filling

  • 5 Mild or Hot Italian Sausages – casing removed
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – minced or finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Cooked Spinach – chopped
  • ½  Cup Parmesan Cheese – grated
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese – grated
  • 1 Baguette, or 4 Buns

Directions & Cook’s Notes/Tips

To make the garlic butter:

  • In a small bowl, add butter and the minced garlic from 1 clove.  Mix together and set aside.

To Make the Filling

  • remove the casing from the sausage, crumble it, and add to a saute pan on medium heat. 
  • Cook the sausage until no longer pink.  As it cooks, break down any larger chunks. 
  • Add two cloves of finely chopped garlic and cook on medium to medium-low for about 5 minutes or until the sausage is lightly browned. 
  • Stir in cooked spinach, and cook for another 2 minutes.  Add both kinds of cheese, stir to combine, then remove from heat.
  • Slice the baguette in half, crosswise.  On one side of the baguette only, spread the garlic butter.  On the other side of the baguette, remove a little of the bread to create a hollow.  Note: You can bake the bread you’ve removed and make breadcrumbs or croutons.
  • Fill the hollow with the sausage mixture, and place the other half of the bread on top. 
  • Wrap the baguette in foil and place it in a 375-degree oven for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before removing foil and cutting.    

Cook’s Notes/Tips

Feel free to add any of the following ingredients:

  • Mushrooms – 1 cup sliced
  • Onions – ¼ cup diced
  • Red pepper  – ½ cup diced
  • Replace the spinach with roughly chopped, cooked rapini

Note: Add additional ingredients at the same time as the spinach and cook until the veggies are tender


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