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Dude Food Tuesday: Kielbasa and arugula Panini

Panini with smoked sausage |

When the Misses acquired a brand new contact grill, I almost got a tear in my eye. Almost, because Dudes don”t cry… except when they peel onions.
But my oh my, this thing was ‘da screamin bomb’! It looked like I stepped into a Star Wars movie when I first laid eye on this beauty.
With three regulators for under and topheat and even two booster buttons, I felt like Han Solo who entered his Millenium Falcon for the first time; ready to take on the universe.
I thought about all the Dudey things that could be made on this science fiction baby. I smelled the roasted beef and could almost taste the grilled fish. My oh my I was to go to Dude Food Heaven.
But then I noticed the Misses beside my Star Wars object of affection; that sentinel of healthy food and such.
She was like the Death Star next to my Millenium Falcon and started lecturing me about how this grill was supposed to be used for grilling veggies and such.

Panini with smoked sausage |
She spoke a lot of other healthy words, but she lost me at veggies already.
With drooping shoulders I walked out of the kitchen and decided that I would arrange my own culinary space odyssey tomorrow.
So today, with renewed strength I enter the kitchen again and will make my own Dudey Recipe on this grill, like the jedi master cook I was supposed to be.
I present to you a panini with typical Dutch smoked sausage. But if you can’t get your hand on that, there is more in the universe, so use a kielbasa sausage.
And, to honor the Misses wishes, I added some rocket (arugula). For veggies sake.

Panini of smoked sausage and arugula

A deliciously toasted breadroll with typical smoked sausage, arugula and cheese. The caramelized onion makes for a sweet and tingy balance in this recipe.


  • 2 bake off breads or 1 panini bread
  • 1 smoked sausage
  • hand of arugula
  • 2 slices of mature cheese
  • 1 tbsp good mustard
For the caramelized onion:
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar


  1. glaze the sliced onion in a small frying pan withs some butter. After 3 minutes add wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and sugar. Caramelize the onions in the liquid
  2. Heat the contact grill or a frying pan. Slice the bread roll or panini lengthwise and put the mustard on one half of the bread
  3. Cut the smoked sausage in thin slices (lengthwise) and drape them on the mustard. Dress the sausage with the arugula and cover this with a sheet of cheese slices. At last spoon the caramelized onion on the cheese and finish of with the second half of the bread roll
  4. Put the smoked sausage panini in the grill or your frying pan and toast it for about five minutes
  5. Serve with a fine ketchup or a spoon of the mustard you used earlier.

About the author

Tom Gerrets

Since recently promoted to sales manager at Simone's Kitchen, he is still working towards his ultimate goal; to become a celebrated hobby chef.. ;)

After a few enervating cooking courses he became really interested in preparing dishes. His sometimes cynical outlook on the world and the actualities at least do not leave a bitter taste in his dishes.
With Carpe Diem as his life motto Tom is thé Bourgondiër pur sang on this culinary blog and the inventer of the Dudefood Kitchen.

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