For a hearty make-ahead meal that's perfect for potlucks or tailgates, try this sausage sandwich recipe. The sausage recipe simmers in the slow cooker while you socialize, then all that's left to do is pile the filling into rolls and top with provolone, mozzarella, or your favorite cheese.




  • In a Dutch oven cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Remove sausage from Dutch oven; set aside. In the same Dutch oven cook ground beef over medium-high heat until brown; drain off fat. Return sausage to Dutch oven. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, vinegar, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until mixture is thickened.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook sweet peppers, onion, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir onion mixture into meat mixture; cool slightly. Transfer meat mixture to a storage container; cover and chill overnight.

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  • Transfer meat mixture to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a car adapter. Cover and reheat on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours or until heated through.

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  • Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Place half of the rolls, cut sides up, on a large baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until rolls are toasted. Repeat with the remaining rolls; cool. Place rolls in a resealable plastic bag.

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  • Tightly cover slow cooker and tote in an insulated carrier. Tote rolls at room temperature. Tote cheese and banana peppers in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

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  • At the tailgating site, plug slow cooker into car adapter and keep meat mixture warm on warm-heat setting. To serve, fill rolls with cheese and meat mixture. Serve with banana peppers.

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Must-have equipment:

3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a car adapterInsulated carrierInsulated cooler with ice packs

Nutrition Facts

417 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 10 g monounsaturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 1138 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 22 g protein.

Reviews (1)

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This was So Amazing! I had 2 bags of shredded motz. in my fridge, so I used that instead of slices. Hubby must have picked up 2 bags of Motz. this week. Lol. My Family Loved it! This WOULD of made a Great Tailgate Dish also. Thank you for this recipe BHG!