Friday, January 15, 2010

Football Parties and Food... Onions, Peppers and Italian Sausage

This weekend is football playoff games and my family and friends will be tied to the television to watch the Baltimore Ravens kick butt on the Indianapolis Colts.  This is a major game for the Ravens because the Colts were at one time the beloved Baltimore Colts that were stolen away in the middle of the night by a new owner and another city.  After the heartbreak wore off the state of Maryland got the Baltimore Ravens and now this fight for a chance at the Super Bowl is between the old and the new. Me I am cheering on the newer team, the Baltimore Ravens.

With football this important we break out the big guns when it comes to food and one of our top favorites is the king of street food, Onions, Peppers and Italian Sausage Sandwiches.  Makes my mouth water to think of these great flavors and I think you'll love them too.  They are really easy to make and not very expensive.

Italitan Sausage, Peppers and Onion Sandwiches
2 to 4 pounds of Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage (your choice on how hot you like it)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Big Onions either yellow or sweet
3 Peppers, 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow or whatever combo you want

2 or 3 cloves of garlic
1 cup beer or wine
Italian Seasonings -dried
6 to 8 Crusty Italian Rolls

In a large heavy skillet put in the sausage you have cut into 4 to 6 in lengths.  Cover the sausage with water and cook over medium heat for as long as it takes for the fat from the sausage to rise to the top of the water. Twenty minutes is plenty.
Remove the sausage and throw away all the greasy water.
Cut the sausage into one to two inch pieces.  Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut into narrow slices along with slicing the onions to the same size.
Chop the garlic into small pieces.
Add the oil to the heavy pan and heat it up.  Add the onions, peppers and garlic to the pan and cook till starting to get brown and soft. Add the sausage pieces to the vegetables. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Brown your sausages while the pepper and onions are getting softer. Add the beer or wine to deglaze the pan and stir well. Reduce the wine or beer for a few minutes.  Taste, you may want to add some salt and pepper to taste.
Cut open and toast the rolls and load the all up with the mixture.  This is so good I can't wait till tomorrow to fix it. Yummy.  With a cold beer or soda they are perfect for any sports event.

Hope you try them.  You can use chicken sausage if the pork is not your thing.  Let me know what you think and who you are cheering on this weekend.  Me, it Go Ravens!!


  1. Yeah, you have my mouth watering too. I haven't got a pick on the team but just looking for a good clean game with a close score.
    Hope you have a good time!

  2. Omg, I love this recipe! I haven't had Italian Sausage in ages, but am writing it on my grocery list, now. Scrumptious! Go Ravens!