Italian sausage recipe ideal for tailgatingEarlier this year we introduced great tailgating recipe for Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions at Sarello’s, and it’s become one of our most popular appetizers. For this occasion, we’re adding some good, crusty bread like a baguette or ciabatta to create the perfect tailgating sandwich, or “sangwich,” as Italians have been known to say.
By: Sarah and Tony Nasello, Forum News Service
FARGO — Earlier this year we introduced great tailgating recipe for Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions at Sarello’s, and it’s become one of our most popular appetizers. For this occasion, we’re adding some good, crusty bread like a baguette or ciabatta to create the perfect tailgating sandwich, or “sangwich,” as Italians have been known to say.
This recipe is ideal for tailgating because it’s simple to prepare, delicious and portable. The sausages can be cooked right on the grill, and you can saute the peppers and onions on the side burner or even prepare them in advance and warm them up just before serving. We’ve included our recipe for an easy tomato sauce, but you can also use your favorite from a jar.
Home with the Lost Italian is a weekly column written by Sarah Nasello featuring recipes by her husband, Tony Nasello. The couple own Sarello’s restaurant in Moorhead, Minn., and live in Fargo with their 8-year-old son, Giovanni. Readers can reach them at email@example.com. All previous recipes can be found at http://thelostitalian.areavoices.com.
Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into half-inch strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into half-inch strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into half-inch strips
1 yellow onion, cut into half-inch strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
4 to 6 sweet, mild or hot Italian sausage links
Salt and pepper to taste (we recommend 1 teaspoon each)
1 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
4 to 6 rolls (baguette, ciabatta, or hoagies work great)
Saute onions with olive oil over medium to high heat for three minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute, then add bell peppers. Reduce heat to medium and saute for 8 to 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper, and cook for another minute. Add one cup of tomato sauce and stir thoroughly. Remove from pan and serve immediately or transfer to a warming station, like a crockpot. Grill sausages over direct heat for about 8 to 10 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. While sausages are cooking, slice bread rolls and grill for about a minute on the open side. Place cooked sausage in the roll, add peppers and onions, and top with shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese.
n Tony’s tip: Always use a meat thermometer to ensure an accurate cooking temperature.
Easy Tomato Sauce
Serves 4 to 6
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 large garlic cloves, minced
Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
Salt and pepper to taste
In medium sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat and saute garlic for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often and taking care not to brown garlic. Add crushed red peppers and saute for another minute. Add tomatoes and cook for about 15 minutes over low-medium heat, then reduce heat to low and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. Cover pot but leave a little room to allow steam to escape. When sauce coats the back of a spoon, it’s ready to serve. Use immediately or refrigerate for as long as 5 days.