Saturday, August 13, 2011
Is that watermelon in a sandwich??
To go along with the sausage and watermelon, I wanted to make some sauteed red onions. These would act as the halfway point between the sausage and the watermelon. Onions have a sweetness that comes out as they cook. They are also often served cooked with sausages, or raw in watermelon salads. For the sandwich, I pictured onions as the mutual friend, introducing watermelon and sausage to each other at a dinner party. I sliced the onions into rings, and sauteed them over medium high in olive oil, salt and pepper.
I then cooked the sausages in my cast iron until they were brown and firm. Once they were cooked, I set them aside, and when I was ready to construct the sandwich, I sliced them on a bias into thin pieces.
For the bread, I bought a ciabatta roll and sliced it the long way. I drizzled some olive oil over the slices and toasted them. I wanted to toast them so that they wouldn't get soggy from the juices of the watermelon.
Once I had all the components of the sandwich ready to go, I went to work on the zucchini.
I dipped the zucchini discs in each bowl successively and set them on a pan while I heated vegetable oil in my heavy bottom dutch oven.
I cooked the zucchini chips in 2 batches, careful not to overcrowd the pan. I flipped them in the oil after about 3-4 minutes once they were brown. After about 1-2 more minutes, I took them out and laid them on paper towel to absorb the oil. I served the zucchini chips alongside the sandwich with the honey mustard as a dipping sauce.
The sandwiches came out really well. The contrast in flavor and texture of the watermelon and sausage made for a very interesting sandwich experience. All of the flavors in the sandwich mixed very well, but we unexpected, so that each bite was a unique experience depending on which element was the first to hit the tongue. The zucchini chips were a nice accompaniment to the sandwich. They were crispy and light and went very well with the honey mustard dipping sauce. The meal was unexpected and delicious, and I definitely suggest using watermelon in unusual fashions while it's still in season.
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