If you're from Massachusetts, Maine or Rhode Island you have most likely heard of the television show Phantom Gourmet. It's a food show that profiles restaurants around New England. A few years ago, Phantom Gourmet showcased a place called New Deal Fruit in Revere, MA and the absolutely incredible sandwiches available at their deli counter. My mom hounded me until we finally made the day trip. That's when I met The West Ender Sub for the first time. It was love at first bite. Years later, thinking of that sandwich, I knew I needed to make a cheesy sausage and broccoli rabe sub of my own.
New Deal Fruit Has Real Deal Sandwiches
It's an unsuspecting place from the outside, but this market with a deli counter is putting out some of the best sandwiches in Boston. Great day trip if you pick up your sandwiches and head over to Revere Beach for a picnic! And the Phantom Gourmet profile will leave you drooling over the food and getting a real kick out of the guys behind the counter.
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I have a lot of food memories and food stories. There are certain foods I've eaten that I try to recreate for my blog. Like my Chicken Quesadillas, where I pine for the best quesadilla of my life at a now-closed restaurant in Boston, the West Ender Sub at New Deal Fruit is a sandwich worth traveling for. One of the delights of their sandwich is the locally made sausage. However, I realize we can't all get to a market that sells local sausage. They use a garlic and cheese sausage for their sandwich. I have yet to find a garlic and cheese sausage at the grocery store that is worthy of this sandwich. For my version, I use a sweet Italian sausage. If you want it spicy - go for the spicy Italian Sausage.
The cheese is important too. The sharp provolone and parmesan is essential to the recipe and blends well with the flavors of the sausage and broccoli rabe. Don't go rogue on this and use cheddar or American. Use the sharp provolone and parmesan for best results.
Cheesy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Sub: Easy to feed a crowd with this one
Italian sausage is usually pretty affordable and good quality bags of sub rolls are readily available at the deli counter of your local grocery store. This is a great sub for a small gathering, Monday night football, or movie night! It comes together very easily and you can bulk toast your sub rolls in the oven, pull them out, stuff and serve! So simple and the flavors are incredible!
So here is my attempt to create the amazing West Ender from New Deal Fruit in Revere, MA. If you live in the area, I highly recommend grabbing a sandwich from this place. Food is amazing and they have a unique selection of boxed pasta in their market too!
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