Chicken Sausage with Wasabi Sandwich
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In the late spring to summer, our outdoor grill is wide open and busy with my constant cooking. We crank up the heat and toss on the grill a lot of our meals or merienda snacks. I made these Chicken Sausages with Wasabi inspired by a recipe from the cookbook “Haute Dogs”. We love hot dogs, a secret indulgence of our family when we’re grilling. I never imagined there was so much one could do with sausages in a bun. This book is so comprehensive. You will find a recipe for every single thing that goes into a hot dog sandwich.
Back to this Wasabi Sausage Sandwich. In spite of the summer heat, I still bake bread. It is part of my Filipino persona. I grew up in a tropical country with daily temperatures hovering in the 100s F. Cooking or baking in humid climates is nothing to a Filipino.
So I felt like baking Pan de Sal buns for no reason. Some of the cookbook recipes had bread rolls. I was inspired to create my own Pan de Sal Hot dog Roll, from an old recipe I published here on the blog and simply elongated the individual bread dough.
I did cook homemade beef hot dogs from scratch last month from this book, but we ate it too fast for me to take photos properly. What we had was just as good, though. We bought our favorite organic Chicken Sausages from the grocery. It was made with herbs and spices and no preservatives at all. Grilling it was quick and easy. I already had the wasabi-mayo prepared, the pan de sal buns were freshly baked, the sides and condiments were all ready.
While I sat on the patio waiting for these organic chicken sausages to grill, I read the “Haute Dogs” cookbook. I discovered this is more than any other hot dog cookbook. It has recipes for bread buns, for homemade sausages (pork, beef or combinations) to sauces, relishes and sides. Flavors range from the all-American hotdog in a bun to sandwiches with global influences. There are also different descriptions on how to cook the hotdog. Who knew there was so much versatility to this doggone old favorite?
I chose to make a Wasabi Dog because it had a special Asian tang and kick that went well with our other entrees that night. If you’re trying wasabi for the first time, this is a Japanese condiment which is made from a thick root of an Asian herb from the mustard family. The flavor from powdered wasabi or creamy paste like I used resembles tangy horseradish. A few creamy drops mixed into mayonnaise is enough to spice up the wholesome chicken sausage encased in the sweet-tasting Pan de Sal long roll I baked.
If you enjoy different fun ways to serve merienda or a meal to the family, this wasabi sandwich is a great idea and ‘Haute Dogs’ is a wonderful cookbook with lots of sandwich ideas.
Chicken Sausage with Wasabi Sandwich
- 4 to 6 pieces Hot dog bread rolls or large Pan de Sal bread buns
- 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 to 6 whole chicken sausages
- To bake the Pan de Sal bread rolls: Click on the previous blog recipe here. If baking large Pan de Sal rolls for sausages, elongate the dough when baking to fit a 4-inch sausage. Bake according to recipe the day before to cut on the work time. If using store bought regular hot dog rolls, heat them up for 1 to 2 minutes on the higher part of the grill.*Or if preferred, use hot dog rolls or hoagie buns for these sandwiches.
- Prepare the wasabi mayo : In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise and wasabi paste. Whisk well till wasabi is incorporated. The mixture will be a light green shade and will have a zesty, spicy flavor. Cover and refrigerate till ready to spread on the bun.
- To make the sandwich: Pre-heat the outdoor grill to a medium heat.
- Score the chicken sausages by slicing the top slightly with diagonal slits. Grill the chicken sausages for about 8 minutes. Turn the sausages halfway through the cooking time for even grilling.
- How to assemble the Wasabi Chicken Sausage Sandwich: Take the open sliced bread roll and spread a tablespoon of wasabi-mayo. Place one grilled chicken sausage on top of the wasabi mayo. Serve while warm.
- Cook's comments: The original recipe from the Haute Dogs cookbook used regular hotdogs. I chose to use organic chicken sausages because the simple, wholesome flavors was a great backdrop and contrast to the sharp, tangy wasabi-flavored mayonnaise.
- Disclosure: I was not compensated to review this cookbook, but I will gladly recommend it to anyone who loves sausages and how to make sandwiches. "Haute Dogs" by Russell Van Kraayenburg (Quirk Books) is available where most books are sold or via
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