Sausage with peppers. A classic American-Italian dish. Fry some sausage. Add peppers and onions. A bit of garlic. Some dried oregano and basil. Pile it on a hoagie. Melt some cheese. That’s downtown.
Roast sausage for colour. Sweat peppers and onion slowly until melting. Add white wine. Reduce. Now the tomato. Simmer. Add the browned sausage. Simmer a bit more to bring the flavours together. Serve on polenta enriched with butter, cream and fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano. Simple, clean tastes. That’s uptown.
Internal temperature of the sausage is key. 150-160F is where the magic happens. Lower and the sausage is underdone. Higher and it starts to dry out. Nail it and it’s juicy and delicious. This is true no matter how you cook your sausage. Something to keep in mind next time you grill.
The polenta makes a nice foil for this dish. The tang and richness of the cheese balances nicely against the acid of the tomato. It’s not essential but it’s a nice touch. You could also pile this on a hoagie with melted cheese. That’s midtown.
- 4 good quality hot or sweet Italian sausages
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, halved and then thinly sliced into half rings
- 2 red peppers, sliced thinly
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 15 oz can good quality diced tomatoes
- Pre-heat oven to 400F.
- Thinly slice onions and red peppers.
- Heat olive oil in a pot large enough to hold all the ingredients.
- Add the onions and peppers and cook, over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until onions and peppers and thoroughly softened.
- Add white wine. Boil to reduce to a syrupy glaze.
- Start cooking the polenta.
- Add tomatoes and simmer 15-20 minutes.
- Place sausages on a sheet pan and roast for 5-7 minutes turning once.
- Place sausage in the tomato red pepper mixture and simmer until the sausage reaches an internal temperature of 150-160F, around 10 minutes.
- 2 cups chicken stock
- ½ cup polenta (corn meal)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
- ½ cup grated parmigiano-reggiano
- Bring the chicken stock to a boil.
- Add the cornmeal slowly, stirring constantly. Slowly! You don't want lumps.
- Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring every few minutes, until the texture turns creamy. This takes around 30 minutes. Dig into the corners of the pot when you stir.
- Remove from heat. Mix in butter, cream and cheese.
- Serve quickly. Polenta waits for no-one.