In my twenties I learned to make Sausage & Peppers from my best friend’s Sicilian father. He cooked his sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes in the oven low and slow for over an hour, until everything was fork tender. I remember how the kitchen filled with such a pleasant aroma, that it made me salivate. I will never forget that wonderful experience and that’s my inspiration for this recipe, but with a slightly faster approach.
I decided to make my Sausage & Peppers on the stovetop for a quicker meal, while still preserving the same delicious flavors. The sausages are seared in the skillet first, followed by a 5 minute saute on the peppers and onions. The entire dish tastes less than 20 minutes and that’s including fresh polenta, if you choose. I just love old school recipes that translate into faster meals, and this one sure is nice.
1 pound Italian sausages, I prefer spicy
2 bell peppers, red or orange preferably
1 large white onion
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
polenta, prepare according to package – optional
1. Slice the onions and peppers thinly, set aside. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons oil and place the pan over medium high heat. After 2 minutes, add the sausages and brown on the first side for 3 minutes, turn over and brown the other side for 2 minutes, remove from pan and place on a plate.
2. Add the onions and peppers to the pan and stir. Turn the heat to medium and continue to cook for 5 minutes. While the peppers and onions are cooking, prepare the polenta according to package directions, if using. Then, add the oregano, paprika, salt and pepper to the pepper and onion mixture and stir to combine.
3. Add the garlic to the peppers and stir. Cook for 1 minute and slide the sausages back into the pan. Toss to combine and place a lid on top of the pan. Turn the heat to low and steam for 4 minutes. Remove the lid and toss again.
4. To serve, dollop some polenta on a plate and place a sausage with peppers & onions on top. Enjoy!