RECIPE: Guido-Fest Sausage and Peppers

Watching the Jersey Shore gets me craving a GOOD sausage and pepper sandwich. Depending on where you live, it may be hard to get a really good sandwich. So, why not learn how to make it yourself!? It’s much simpler than you think and the results are delicious!

##INGREDIENTS##

* One pound of Hot or sweet sausage links (depending on the size, you will definitely want enough to fill up a large hoagie roll)

* Seeded Italian hoagie rolls (6)

* 3 Red bell peppers

* 3 Green bell peppers

* 3 Yellow bell peppers

* 1 onion, chopped

* Extra virgin olive oil

* Garlic (chopped)

* OPTIONAL – Tomato sauce or make your own Italian gravy

* OPTIONAL – Ketchup

##HOW TO PREPARE##

Step 1: If it’s too cold to grill your sausage links, it’s perfectly acceptable to pan fry them. Place them in a frying pan, adding a few diagonal slices to each link (like you would a hot dog). Drop a few teaspoons of chopped garlic into the water as they boil to give them some added flavor. Cover the sausage and allow them to simmer for about 15 minutes, or browned, flipping them occassionally.

Step 2: Slice the varieties of peppers into strips. Place them in a 8″ or 10″ glass casserole dish, greased with some extra virgin olive oil on the bottom and then a drizzle or two over the top of the peppers. (Careful, don’t overdo it. You don’t want the peppers to be greasy. 1 tablespoon on the bottom of the pan should do it. Stir the peppers around in that teaspoon on the bottom so they get a nice, but not overdone coating. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and oregano over the top. Bake in the glass dish at 425 F degrees for 30 minutes.

OPTIONAL: Put a bit of chopped garlic in there with the peppers.

Step 4: Chop up the onion with a bit of olive oil and fry it in the pan until translucent with brown edges. (You can also use butter or margerine to fry up your onions, too!)

Step 4: Slice those hoagie rolls in half up the middle.

Step 5: Drain the sausage and add enough links onto the seeded hoagie rolls to fill them up.

Step 6: OPTIONAL: Add a bit of tomato sauce over the top of your hot or sweet sausage. Or ketchup, if that’s your style. (Personally, I’d go with the tomato sauce.)

Step 7: Leave some room to add a generous portion of the peppers and a little bit of onion over the top. Enjoy!

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