Thursday, February 28, 2013

Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Peppers & Onions

Another great Italian comfort food, and by using turkey sausage and no added oil, you cut down on fat and calories.  This is so yummy!  A huge crowd pleaser, I even made it for my son's preschool potluck dinner this past fall.   This is one of my husband's favorite dinners, and since it's a close cousin to the hotdog, my kids are big fans too.  This is so simple and tastes just as yummy as those you get from a street vendor/food truck.  I made enough for leftovers.  If you get sick of sandwiches, toss it with some pasta and sauce for a quick lunch or dinner. 

Tonight, I served it on whole wheat hotdog buns from our grocer's bakery along side parmesan garlic roasted broccoli and caesar salad (I used Bolthouse farms Yogurt Caesar at only 45 calories for 2 T).  You can find the broccoli recipe here:

Happy Cooking,

Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Peppers & Onions
12 sweet or hot turkey Italian sausages, I used 6 sweet and 6 hot, (cooked them in separate dishes so I could tell them apart for the kids)
2 bell peppers (red bell peppers were on sale this week, but green are fine)
2 medium to large onions
salt to taste

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Use a 9x13 inch pan for 12 sausages, or if your family is like mine and the kids don't do hot, use 2- 9x9 inch pans (6 sausages in each, split the peppers and onions between them).   You can also cook 6 of each in one pan, just note that the sausages will be mixed up and you won't be able to tell which is which without tasting them.  Works well if you like both, not so well if you are cooking for anyone that doesn't like hot.  Spray your cooking pan or pans with cooking spray or lightly grease with olive oi.

Using kitchen scissors, slice each sausage into 3 even pieces over the pan (sausage falls into your baking pan as you cut).  Slice your peppers and onions and sprinkle them evenly over the sausage.  Sprinkle with a little salt to taste.  That's it!  Quickest prep ever!  Now onto the baking...

This is what gives the dish such great flavor!  Even if you don't actually eat them on your sandwich, they flavor the sausage a great deal.  But who can eat a sausage sandwich without peppers and onions???
This is what one pepper and one onion looks like - enough for 6 sausages.  They cook down a ridiculous amount.

Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees, stirring every 20 minutes or so.  Crank the heat up to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 15-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Scoop with a slotted spoon onto whole wheat rolls and top with your favorite condiments.  I love plain old yellow mustard in massive quantities.  Enjoy!

The sweet sausage...already missing a few pieces that I took out to cool for the kids
The hot sausage for my hubby

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