Monday, January 15, 2007

Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Tonight's dinner came to me in a dream. Maybe it was because I'd seen Giada make sausage sandwiches Saturday afternoon, but as I was laying in bed half awake Sunday morning I thought "sausage, peppers and onions with a tomato sauce over mashed potatoes."


I cooked sweet Italian sausage in a pan with some oil until they were golden brown and then removed them to a plate. To the pan I added the sliced green pepper and onion and covered it. Those steamed for about 10 minutes and then I added 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, salt, pepper and 1/2 a teaspoon dried oregano. I mixed that around and then added a 14.5-ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes that I'd pureed, along with some red pepper flakes. The sausages went back in and the whole thing simmered for about 15 more minutes.

I served the sausage mixture over mashed potatoes I made with about 4 cloves of garlic boiled along with the potatoes and then mashed together with salt, pepper, butter and some half and half. The potatoes were nice and garlicky, a perfect pairing with the sausage mixture which was sweet from the peppers and onions but also had a nice kick from the red pepper flakes.


We also had the rest of the salad from last night's dinner, along with the dressing my mom made.
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3 comments:

  1. OMG!I love sausage wit p&o! Mom usually serves hers on Italian bread or with a side of linguine. I've never tried it with mashed potatoes...It looks really good though! :)

    Too bad I've been trying to cut red meat from my diet...your close up makes me consider giving up the red meat free diet. Ugh!

    Yum-O!!!!!!

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  2. My husband says it's the German/Polish in me that thinks to serve something like this over mashed potatoes instead of pasta. :)

    If you wanted to make this without eating red meat, you could always cook the peppers and onions in the tomato sauce and just leave out the sausage. I know it wouldn't be the same...

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  3. I probably could find turkey sausage...but you're right...it wouldn't be the same!
    It certainly is a feast for my eyes!

    :)

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