Sunday, March 8, 2009

ITALIAN STREET FAIR FOOD...............

How can you resist making something with peppers when they look this gorgeous.... If you have ever been to an Italian street festival you probably have seen a food booth selling
Sausage and Pepper sandwiches...
there is nothing better...and this is what ate over the weekend....Little on work....
Big on flavor!!You'll need 1 pound of good Italian sausage...either sweet or hot. I only use sweet.
1 onion....a red, green and yellow or orange pepper. Make sure all seeds are washed away.
These peppers were extra jumbo so I used only a half of each color...
I also swear by Bertolli sauce....tomato-basil type.
some garlic salt freshly ground and a bit of olive oil..... Italian seasoning or fresh basil


fresh sausage is always easier to cut if you use kitchen shears....cut into bite size pieces...


Brown the sausage using a little olive oil to prevent initial sticking and add the onion...
I used to watch Jeff Smith "The Frugal Gourmet" years before he was indicted on abuse charges....no surprise...I met him and "Mr. Craig" once and let me tell you the man was very strange. Goodness knows what he did to poor Elmo.......Anyhoo, I always remember one thing he always use to say and it really works....
"Hot pan.....cold oil....food won't stick".....

after saute'ing for 5 minutes or so add the peppers.... season with the garlic salt or you can use regular garlic.....some salt and fresh ground pepper....

Add your sauce....you can also add some Italian seasoning, some fresh basil or oregano...whatever taste you like....Simmer for about a half hour....

Serve it up on some crusty Italian rolls and some homemade fries and you'll swear you were on the streets of "Little Italy" in New York....

29 comments:

Bonjour Madame said...

Yum!

KBeau said...

That looks wonderful. Reminds me of a recipe for spaghetti with Italian sausage and peppers that I clipped out of Southern Living not too long ago.

La Table De Nana said...

This looks good! I use scissors too..
I went to a "Sagra" in Italy..Is that what you mean? Under tents..and you sit and eat outside cafeteria style? All the different districts?

I had a nice time living that tradition.

I'll try your hot pan cold oil:) Thanks!

Daryl said...

Looks good ... fries AND crusty bread ... and sauce ... hold the sausage, please.

tami said...

@That looks so good and easy. Thanks for the recipe.
We always watched Jeff Smith when we were newlyweds. Still saying "hot pan, cool oil, food won't stick". Good advice from a strange guy.
I have his books...

Ellen said...

I'll have to write this one down for my son - he loves to cook and next year there'll be no cafeteria food.

As for me, can't do peppers or Italian sausage - they just don't agree with me.

Mabry's gamma said...

Sue,

Your killing me here, I LOVE those sandwiches...yum! I usually eat them without the sauce but that looks delish too.

Cheri

Lisa said...

okay, I think I have a hankerin for some sausage and peppers. Gosh that sure does sound good this cold, wet, dreary day. Thanks for the post!

Eli said...

From an Italian living in Italy: this is a great recipe! BRAVA!!!
Hugs

salmagundi said...

I've fixed something similar and loved it. Must try it again - keep those ideas coming! Years ago, I also watched the frugal gourmet - he was strange, but I did learn some techniques. Have a good week. Sally

Helen said...

Just read your post ... it's after 7pm ... I haven't had dinner ... NOW I am starved ...

Linda said...

Mama Mia, that looks delicious, as well as just downright pretty! Linda

Cathy said...

Looks fantastic, Sue. I love this kind of meal, easy and so delicious.

Thanks for the frying tip: hot pan, cold oil.

~CC Catherine said...

Sue.....my husband would LOVE this sandwich! hmmmm... Hey, I posted last evening on our GA luncheon., I've got a great pic of you on it! ;)

Abby Creek Art said...

Being a veggie...the sausage doesn't do much for me but the peppers and that bread sure do! I love putting peppers in any kind of pasta.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

The only thing better than sausage and peppers on a crusty roll is the aroma of sausage and peppers on a crusty roll!! Take me home to NY. Looks delicious - as always!! (P.S. Great looking peppers, too!)

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JOYCE said...

Have parma cheese..will travel..what time are you serving? Looks delicious.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Mr. Shore House would looovvveee this. It's one of his favorite dishes.

Jojo said...

That looks absolutely yummy! Since my kids left home I have almost stopped going to the grocery store but your posts have me thinking I need to get back into the kitchen!

prof en retraite said...

Oh Sue...This looks so good! I read somewhere that you've got a big boo boo on your finger! Get well so you can get back to blogging!!!...hugs...Debbie

once in a blue moon... said...

your peppers are gorgeous and i love what it inspired!

interesting side notes on the frugal gourmet too, i tossed his cookbooks, they felt tainted...

oh your meal looks so good!

whenever you talk about the streets of ny i now see your hubbies hat snatching parking spaces!

Mimi said...

Nothing to do with the Italian goodies but is that your Pyr I see sitting at the top of the steps?

santamaker said...

this looks GREAT !
I'll try it, it looks easy enough for me!

Linda Lou said...

I used to love going to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, NYC, loved the sausage and pepper sandwiches, the zeppalas, the cannoli's, pizza....the Boss is a lucky man!!

Dan Gliubizzi said...

I just walked past a cart,making it on Mott St. Ah! that aroma, mixed with car exhaust and pretty girl perfume! Ilove NYC!

Jojo said...

Sue, Thank you for your sweet comment. I hope that as a Rosebud eventually I can help record some of the unbelievable stories these women have to tell so that future generations will hear them.

Kathleen Grace said...

Ooh, this looks like something I have to try!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Ah --I'm glad I popped over because I missed this post! We love getting sausage and peppers at street fairs -- it's so substantial :-)

Your peppers are divine! I love the color combination.