Summertime always makes me think of cheese steaks at Midway on Seaside Boardwalk, funnel cake, zeppole and of course a nice sandwich of sausage and peppers.
If you have a grill, there is no reason to use the stove – it makes the house too hot in the summer and makes the AC work too hard.
I’ve been grilling my sausage and peppers for years. The grill gives the dish a great flavor and it’s done in no time.
Last nice I decided to try a chicken sausage instead of my normal HOT sausage & peppers. I bought the Premio chicken sausage. Don’t buy the fully cooked one. It will not be the same. You can also use any combination of peppers you like.
1 large package of Premio uncooked chicken sausage (about 8-12 links)
2 cubanelle peppers, sliced into chunks (does that make sense?)
2 poblano peppers, sliced into chunks
1 jalapeno pepper, chunked
2 long hot Italian peppers – left whole
5 or 8 mini mixed color bell peppers, chunked – I used orange, red and yellow
1 large onion, thickly sliced
5 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
light agave syrup
salt & pepper
hot red crushed pepper
extra virgin olive oil
grated Pecorino Romano
a handful of mixed, fresh herbs – I used basil, oregano, rosemary & thyme
a grill fry pan – one with holes in it
Take out sausage and bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine all peppers, onions, garlic, a large drizzle of agave, a few good shakes of Italian seasonings, salt & pepper & red pepper flakes to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and mix well. Adjust seasonings and amount of oil if needed.
Heat grill & cook sausage, flipping until browned all over and cooked through. Do not overcook! Meanwhile, place fry pan on grill and dump in pepper mixture. Cook until vegetables are charred and softened. Remove when done and place back in bowl.
Add a handful of Pecorino and fresh herbs to pepper mixture. Mix well and adjust seasonings. Slice sausage and add to peppers. Mix well and serve.
Serves 4 – 6 depending – maybe 8 – who knows. All I know is that I served two and it was well received and almost gone!
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