by Amanda Mattos
I live just a couple blocks away from the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market, which has saddly shuttered for the season. But, when it was going, one of my favorite stands sells free range meats of all kinds. Though I seem to be incapable of leaving their stand without some bigger-than-my-head pork chops, I like to venture into new territory sometimes too. One weekend, full of caffeine and pastry and not much else, I knew I needed to go home and make something substantial. I bought some sage pork sausage links, a baguette, some fresh arugula, and headed home to make sandwiches.
(I also knew I had a couple shallots, garlic, fresh rosemary, olive oil and mustard waiting for me in my kitchen.)
This is less of a proper recipe than it is a lesson in how I think about making food. So many people I know are daunted by the idea of doing anything outside of a recipe. Just think about the flavors you like, use your sense of smell, taste as you go, and you’ll almost always end up with something edible, if not delicious.
First, I broke the sausage up into chunks. I put just a touch of olive oil into a warmed sautee pan and added the sausage. The meat will produce plenty of grease to sauce up the rest of your dish, but you’ll want a little bit in there to get it started. Once the sausage starts browning a little bit, throw in your sliced up shallots and garlic. You’re letting them get nice and caramelized, and the sausage get evenly browned all over. You’ll need stir and turn. It should take 10 minutes or less for everything to get cooked.
Cut the baguette into sandwich-sized segments, and cut in half. Put good quality mustard on it (I like the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 variety), scoop up a good helping of your sausage-onion-garlic mix, and top with a handful of arugula. It’s incredibly easy, and incredibly tasty.