JW’s World Famous Stadium Sausage Sandwiches


A recipe from Javabird.com


My wife and I recently visited her Uncle JW. Now, if you’ve followed us for any length of time, you may recognize JW for his World Famous Almond Crunch Cookies. We shared these cookies previously and they are not to be missed. Today we bring you another of his world famous recipes: “JW’s World Famous Stadium Sausage Sandwiches.”


Stadium Sausage Sandwiches make a great meal just about any time, but also happen to be the perfect complement for watching the big game on TV. I suppose that might explain why JW calls them Stadium Sausage Sandwiches in the first place, but I’m guessing here. No doubt I’ll get the real explanation after posting this. In any event, these sandwiches take about a half hour to make including cooking time so you may want to prepare ahead of the big game.


Here's some sweet Italian turkey sausage.

One way we changed the recipe is the sausage we used. We opted for less fat and used turkey sausage.

Now, to be fair to JW we changed up his recipe. We’re sorry Uncle JW, we couldn’t help it. And no, your version was incredibly delicious just the way you made it for us. Thank you very much!


Kid's will love these cookies.

Click here for another of JW’s Famous Recipes: Stained Glass Cookies

No, we changed the recipe because that’s just who we are. We’re starting to wonder if we’re genetically defective, because every time we try to follow recipes people give us, we either don’t have certain ingredients they call for, prefer others, or add something else we think might improve on things. It’s not personal. Really!


If you’re after JW’s Famous Stadium Sausage Sandwich Recipe as it was originally given to us then skip down to the bottom. Again, it’s delicious as is. Otherwise, here’s our take, which wouldn’t have been possible without JW so we want to give him credit.


Let’s Gather The Ingredients


This mouth-watering sandwich tastes delicious with either wine or beer so you might want to add that to your list. Otherwise, you’ll need the following:


I love onions, mushrooms, celery and bell peppers.

Gather up everything beforehand. You won’t want to run out to the store during the big game.

2 large links Jennie O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausages (about 1/4pound)

2 large links Jennie O Hot Italian Turkey Sausages (about 1/4pound)

1 sweet onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup red bell pepper chopped (substitute any favorite bell pepper)

½ cup diced celery

1 cup shredded cheese (your favorite)

4 Pita bread “slices” cut in half




Stir occasionally. You don't want to scorch it.

We broke up and fried our sausage. You may prefer to parboil yours first.

Chop up all the veggies ahead of time.


A quick note on sausage: We used turkey sausage in our sandwiches as it has much less fat than pork sausage. You could easily substitute your favorite sausage if you can’t find the one specified above or can’t find the Oberto sausages JW specified below.


Start by parboiling the sausage two to three minutes or just toss it in the pan and fry it up until done. In either case, cook it all the way through. Eventually, you want the sausage broken up, so either fry it and then chop it, or just break it up before frying. The sausages get very hot as you cook them, so if you’re chopping them up afterwards please protect your fingers. Also, the turkey sausage we used didn’t have “skins” that were worth worrying about. Your sausages might so that’s a good reason to parboil them first as the skins should be easier to remove.


Stir fry the veggies and then mix them with the sausage.

Stir fry the veggies. We cooked our veggies separate and then mixed them with the sausages, but you could do it either way.

We cooked our veggies in a separate pan with a touch of olive oil while the sausages were cooking. You could cook them with the sausages (after first browning them). In either case, continue to stir fry until they soften. If you cook your veggies separately and feel they are scorching, add a little chicken broth to the pan (about 1/4 cup) and continue to cook until that boils off.


We used Mozzarella as that's all we had on hand.

We added cheese to the filling at the end and let is melt. JW added cheese after filling his Pitas and then he baked the sandwiches to melt it.

If you look at JW’s recipe below, you’ll see he adds cheddar cheese as topping at the end and then bakes the sandwiches to melt it. We stirred in our cheese right at the end of frying the veggies which gave it time to melt. We used mozzarella when we took these pictures as that’s what we had on hand. Most any cheese should work.


We're preparing our Pita bread.

Cut your Pita in two and then split them. Now, fill them with your veggie and sausage mixture.

We also warmed the pitas in the microwave about 15-20 seconds per slice and then just cut, split, and filled them. In other words, we skipped the oven process in order to save time. Hey, we were tired and feeling lazy! Either method works great.


Hey, theses sandwiches are ready to eat. Mmm. Delicious!

This sausage veggie mixture is delicious!

We loved the filling in the pita bread, but could easily see it served over a bed of brown rice or whole grain pasta, or in your favorite bun. It would also taste great with most any mustard. In other words, give this a try and then feel free to experiment and come up with own. Who knows? Maybe someday you’ll be World Famous, too.


If you’d like a print copy of today’s recipe click here.


And Now Here’s JW’s Original Recipe…


JW’s World Famous Stadium Sausage Sandwiches

Serves 4 With Leftovers


1/4 pound Hot Italian Sausage (Oberto in the red wrapper works well)
1/4 pound Mild Italian Sauaage (Oberto German in the blue wrapper is fine)
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1 cup sliced or chopped mushrooms
1 cup thinly sliced green pepper
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup shredded cheddar
At least 4 Pita Bread “slices” cut in half



(1) Parboil sausages 2-3 minutes. Skin and slice and/or chop them.

(2) Brown sauages in a skillet. Add all the other “stuffing” items and cook until tender.

(3) Scoop the cooked mixture into a bread pocket. Top with cheese. Stand them upright in a bread pan and bake at 350 degrees until bread is warm and cheese is melted.




One Response to JW’s World Famous Stadium Sausage Sandwiches

  • connie says:

    Excellent! I, for one, highly approve of the substitution of turkey sausage for the pork sausage, and although I have never had turkey sausage, this has convinced me of the need to give it a try!

    I don’t think you two are genetically defective— if you are, I am to, because I cannot leave a recipe alone. Even when making it for the first time, I always know that there is something I can do “better” and I start tweaking!

    As I recall, JW originally gleaned this recipe from the Seattle P I, back in the days when John Owen was on the staff and frequently contributed food articles and recipes. As I recall, just about everything that man ever published was a winner!


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