Italian Grinder Sandwiches
For spicier sandwiches, use hot Italian sausage or a mix of spicy and mild Italian sausage.
30 min.prep time
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 pounds mild bulk Italian sausage
1 cup water
2 large (2 cups) onions, chopped
2 medium (2 cups) green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce with Italian herbs
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste with Italian herbs
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
16 brat buns
- Tomato sauce or paste with Italian herbs is flavored with basil, garlic and oregano.
- To decrease sodium in this recipe, use low sodium tomato sauce and/or tomato paste.
- What exactly is a grinder? Often called hero, submarine sandwich, hoagie or poor boy, these hearty, hot sandwiches were originally served on Italian rolls. They were once a mainstay of Italian immigrants working in the East Coast shipyards. Our sandwich is a slightly different variation, but still hot and hearty.