Spiedini Hoagies with Caprese Relish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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12 ounces hot Italian sausage

12 ounces sweet Italian sausage

Canola oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pint yellow and red cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 pint bocconcini, or 1 pound fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon capers, drained

1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the bread

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

French baguette or soft hoagie rolls

2 cloves garlic, halved

Special equipment: 12-inch metal skewers or wooden skewers (if wooden, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes)


  1. Heat the grill for high direct grilling. Skewer a few sausages onto each skewer, brush with canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the sausages until golden brown and slightly charred on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the sausages to a platter and let rest 5 minutes before removing to a plate.
  2. Toss the tomatoes with the bocconcini, basil, parsley, capers, onions, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  3. Slice the bread open and put on the grill, cut-side down, and grill until lightly golden brown. Remove and rub the surface with the garlic cloves, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Put a whole sausage on each roll and top with the caprese relish. Alternatively, cut the sausage into 2-inch chunks before putting on the rolls.