Every single family* who lived/s in the suburbs of Philadelphia makes some variation of Sausage and Peppers for dinner at least once a month. Preferably more. We were one such family. We are not Italian. Not even close. Sweet bell peppers sauteed with onions, garlic, and diced tomatoes melds perfectly with the spicy and sweet sausages to form the most amazing meal. It can be made into a sandwich (most popular) or eaten with pasta. We added grated cheese to the sandwich, but you could certainly use sliced provolone instead and that would also be amazing. I really love this meal both for the nostalgia but also for the delicious ness factor. Also, when you think about the fact that this sandwich is actually half vegetables, how bad could it really be for you? Practically health food!
Sausage and Pepper Sandwich
3 bell peppers (the more color the better)
3 cloves garlic
3 each - hot and sweet Italian sausages
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning
Grated Parmesan cheese (to top sandwich)
salt and pepper
*Fine. Maybe not EVERY single family, but most of them, anyway.
1. Slice peppers, onions, and garlic.
2. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and add sausages. I like to cut mine into 1 inch pieces so that I have have hot and sweet sausages in my sandwich, but you can cut them any way you like.
3. Once the sausages are browned nicely on both sides, add the vegetables, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute for 5 minutes, until they begin to soften.
4. Add the tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, and wine and cover. Allow to cook down for 20 minutes or so, until the vegetables are cooked down and the sauce has thickened.
5. To make the sandwiches, toast your roll slightly (I think a toasted roll holds up better to this sloppy sandwich, but if you like it un-toasted, go for it) then top the roll with sausages and peppers. Add grated cheese or a slice of provolone to the top to finish.
One Year Ago: Veggie Quiche
Two Years Ago: Weeknight Rosemary Roasted Potatoes