The National Sandwich Idea contest was held between 1956 and 1981. It was sponsored by the Wheat Flour Institute. Each year 20 sandwich recipes, created by Food Service professionals, were chosen as the top sandwich recipes from hundreds of entries.

The Spicy Sausage Sauerbraten Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1969.

It was created by Gordon Snyder, manager of the Kuennings Restaruant in Columbus, OH. The Spicy Sausage Sauerbraten Sandwich features succulent
pork-beef patties cooked in a spicy wine sauce with apple butter.

Spicy Sausage Sauerbraten Sandwich - 1969 #1 winner

1 1/4 pounds bulk ground pork sausage
1/4 pound ground beef
1/4 cup minced onion
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup red burgundy wine
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 bay leaf, crushed
6 enriched hamburger buns, split
6 tbsp apple butter
6 lettuce leaves

1. Mix sausage, beef, onion, salt and egg;
shape into 6 patties. Cook slowly until brown
on both sides. Remove patties from skillet;
drain off fat.

2. In the same skillet combine wine, vinegar, sugar,
ginger and bay leaf. Cook 5-minutes over medium heat.
Add patties, cook, covered, 10-minutes longer, or
until done.

3. Butter buns, spread bottoms with apple butter.
Remove bay leaf. Place patty on bun on top of apple butter,
spoon hot pan sauce on patty. Garnish with lettuce leaves
and partially close sandwiches.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

Source: Tri City Herald newspaper, July 30, 1969