Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches aren’t your usual sausage sandwich Oh no, these are sweet, spicy and salty. The supreme trifecta!

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com


 

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives.

Am I the only person who thinks about that scene from Father of the Bride with Steve Martin freaks out about the quality of hot dog rolls in a pack when it never matches the number of hot dogs? Bueller… Bueller…

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com

I can’t pick up a pack of hot dog buns or club without saying to myself “I guess we’ll have the chipper chicken.” Just me? Okay… on to the recipe… I don’t want to be pegged as one of those annoying food bloggers that drones on about nonsense. 

PRO TIP: You can make this Italian Sausage Sandwich recipe with spicy Italian sausage or sweet Italian sausage. 

I am not sure how this recipe for Italian Sausage Sandwiches even came about. It is quite inventive actually.

If I asked you if spicy, sweet, salty are flavors that “go together” I presume you would answer “yes”! So why is it that spicy Italian sausage, apricots, bacon and cream cheese sounds so strange?

It really shouldn’t; the flavor profile is the same. 

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com

It all started with an appetizer recipe that I tried featuring hot sausage bites wrapped in bacon, bread and cream cheese. It tasted good, but was awkward to eat.

I figured it would be easier to devour if it was a whole sausage, snugly carried in a hearty roll.

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know I love spicy with sweet and spicy with salty, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that I wanted to add something sweet, like apricot preserves! 

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com

I served this to hubby and a couple friends. They all thought I was crazy, but there weren’t any leftovers, were there? A big, fat “I told you so” was in order. 

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Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com

Tools for making Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches:

Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

Mixing Bowls– make sure to check out my article on Using the Right Mixing Bowl, you’d be surprised how many people aren’t!

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com
Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives. #sausagesandwiches www.savoryexperiments.com

Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwich Recipes

4.67 from 6 votes
Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Sandwiches combine spicy Italian sausage with hot sauce spiked cream cheese with sweet apricot jam, salty bacon and chives.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray and place sausages into the dish. Bake sausages for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked. You can also grill them, if you prefer.
  • Blend cream cheese and hot sauce together in a small bowl.
  • Place a sausage on a roll, smother with cream cheese apricot preserves and chives.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

You can also grill the sausages if you prefer! 

Nutrition

Calories: 598 kcal, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 21 g, Fat: 45 g, Saturated Fat: 17 g, Cholesterol: 111 mg, Sodium: 1191 mg, Potassium: 368 mg, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 330 IU, Vitamin C: 5.1 mg, Calcium: 116 mg, Iron: 2.9 mg
Calories: 598
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage sandwiches
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Don’t knock it before you try it! The sweet in the spread goes perfect with the salty/ spicy flavor of the sausage! I added sliced Havarti cheese n sauteed onions. Delicious!

    1. Thanks for hopping over from Pinterest to spread the good word about this recipe. I really appriciate your time and enjoyment of unique recipes. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    It’s totally unexpected when you first hear what’s in it, but trust the process! It’s actually one of the tastiest things you will ever make!