Italian Food Truck Panino

Course Sandwich
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Sandwich, sausage, roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • a baguette or soft sandwich rolls
  • 4 Italian sausages
  • 4 slices of porchetta
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper
  • 8 slices of Provolone or Fontina cheese
  • tobacco (optional)

For the caramelized onions:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt (to taste)


To caramelize the onions:

  • Slice the onion into thin rounds. Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions, and then turn the head down to low after a few minutes. Let the onions cook slowly for around 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding any extra butter or olive oil as necessary so they don't burn. Towards the end of the cooking, add the balsamic vinegar and let it cook off to help the onions caramelize. After 30-40 minutes, add the roasted bell pepper, sliced in strips and let them heat up. Keep the onions and peppers on low while you grill the sausage and assemble the sandwich. 

To assemble the sandwiches:

  • Grill the sausages on the BBQ, and then butterfly them. (It is much easier to do once it is already cooked). 
  • While the sausages are grilling, heat the sandwich rolls or baguette on the top rack of the grill, away from direct heat so they don't burn. If using a baguette, you may want to hollow out the middle a little so that the ingredients stay inside better. 
  • Add a slice of cheese on each side of the baguette or roll to let it melt. (This will act as a binder for the ingredients). 
  • Lightly sear the porchetta, or herbed ham if porchetta is not available, on both sides to warm it up. Move the baguette or rolls to direct heat on low to assemble the sandwiches. Add the porchetta, sausage, onions, roasted red bell peppers, and tabasco sauce if desired. 
  • Mangia! Pair with a glass of rosé and buon appetito!


If you can't find it porchetta, but you live near a Trader Joe's, they have an herbed ham that worked fine.