Italian Sausage cooked to perfection, then topped with Homemade Fundido made with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, ground sausage and a 4 cheese blend! This recipe is a sausage lovers dream come true!
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Are you ready for game day? I sure hope you are! The big game is quickly approaching and it’s time to get serious about your menu. If you’re like me you’ve been planning your menu for about a year now. This is the biggest foodie day of the year for those of us who dig game day, aka tailgate food.
This recipe is perfect for any SausageBowl festivities. If you’re like me you’ll find any excuse to whip up Italian Sausages for any occasion. Game day is the superstar of events for those of us who dig tailgate food. I’m a big believer in going all out for the event. The more food the better. The more intense and fun the food is the better.
What’s better than Italian Sausage topped with sausage and cheese? Nothing, that’s what. NOTHING!! I went all out for this recipe. I wanted to take Italian Sausage and do something completely over the top with it. I wanted a recipe worthy of game day. I wanted a recipe I could serve to any of the players and they would feel full, and happy.
I think I succeeded in my endeavour. The perfect way to showcase Italian Sausage on a bun is to top it with an over the top fundido made with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, ground sausage and 4 kinds of cheese. Yes, you read that correctly. 4 kinds of cheese. Piled high on top of the sausage on a bun. It’s perfection.
This is super easy to make and perfect for a crowd. You can make them ahead of time if need be, then just reheat them in the oven in a large baking dish. Or you can make it fresh right before the game. Whatever works for you. No matter whether you cook this ahead of time, or during the game, make sure you make a double batch!
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- For the Fundido:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ sweet onion, diced
- 1 package Johnsonville ground sausage
- 3 cups Tex-Mex cheese, shredded (Tex-Mex is a mix of Queso Quesadilla, Pizza Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses)
- 1½ cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 small jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1 package of Johnsonville Italian Sausages
- 1 package of sausage buns
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large cast iron skillet melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions and allow them to cook till they soften and begin to turn brown around the edges. I cooked mine for about 10 minutes. If you cook on higher heat it can be done in about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove onions from the pan and set aside.
- In the same pan brown the ground sausage until it's cooked thoroughly and there's no pink left. Make sure to break it up as you cook so the pieces are quite small.
- Once the ground sausage is cooked add the onions back in the pan, and add the roasted red peppers too. Cook over medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, just enough to combine everything and really let the flavours mingle and get to know one another.
- Remove ⅔ of the mixture and transfer it to a bowl. Now it's time to layer the dip.
- You have ⅓ of the sausage mixture still in the bottom of the pan. Now add a third of your Tex-Mex cheese over top, then a third of your mozzarella over that. Begin the second layer with the sausage mixture, then the Tex-Mex cheese, then the mozzarella cheese. Finish with the last layer by placing the sausage first, then the Tex-Mex cheese, then the mozzarella cheese. If there's any oils left in the bowl bowl it over top of the cheese, there's tons of flavour in that oil.
- Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. If you like yours super crispy you can cook it for about 12 minutes. I took mine out around the 10 minute mark. While the cheese is melting cook your sausages!!
- In a large pan cook the sausages over medium heat for about 5 minutes, be sure to turn the sausages often so all sides brown evenly.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add ½ cup of water to the pan. Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked fully.
- Brown the buns slightly if desired. Place a sausage on each bun. Leave open so you can scoop the dip over top.
- Spoon the hot Fundido dip over top of each sausage evenly.
- Serve with a big old sausage loving smile!
This is the perfect way to celebrate game day. Swing by the store and pick up some Johnsonville Sausages today! I wish it was game day every single day.
Not only is this amazing on sausages but you can also make an extra batch of the Fundido Dip to eat along with this. Because let’s be honest here, the more cheese you can fit into one meal, the better!!
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