The Italian Stallion Hot Dog

This no-recipe recipe is my tribute dog to Sweathog, Vinnie Barbarino. Slice an Italian roll across the top, not the side. Spoon a tablespoon of warmed marinara sauce inside the cut roll, then tuck in a couple of slices of provolone, Top with a grilled spicy Italian sausage and sautéed mushrooms. Sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan. Place it under the broiler for a couple of minutes then garnish with Giardiniera. 

This recipe has become very popular since I first created it for my monthly column on the FoodNetwork.com. The people of the Internet have spoken, and they have said that it’s a cross between a pizza and a hot dog, and that is not untrue.