For these sandwiches, Morgan Robinson, chef-owner of Smoke Open Fire Cooking in Napa, grills the sausages outside (and the cheese too, in a small cast-iron skillet). This indoor, cold-weather version is easily expanded to feed a crowd.
In Spain and Mexico, this style of soup is called fideos (after the thin noodles used) and can be very brothy, like this version, or very dry (when it's called sopa seca). You can double this recipe, or even triple it.
Simmering these sausages in beer first makes for quick grilling. We love these smeared with coarse-grain mustard on crusty rolls. The onions take on a lot of the ale's flavor, including its slight bitterness.
Cook up a complete dinner using just one pan. If you've only had hominy―big, starchy corn kernels with the hull and germ removed―in posole, you'll be amazed at how delicious and satisfying it is all on its own. Here we cook it in the seasoning left in the pan by the sausages to maximize flavor.