This meal is great for nights you have unexpected guests, especially those with a masculine appetite. I made up the recipe one night when my husband complained about eating healthy all the time. He wanted something of substance, something that didn’t have five kinds of vegetables. So I chopped up some peppers and onions, bought some chicken sausage and disguised it as guy food.
Sometimes I cook the sausages whole and serve them in small sub rolls. Or I go carb-free, chop up the sausages and eat it like a stew. There are lots of combinations you can make depending on your mood or available ingredients, so I kept the recipe loose. For example, try pork sausages with onions, apples and forego the tomato paste. Or if cooking for a guy, try kielbasa instead of chicken sausage and beer instead of broth. Measurements don’t have to be exact, but make sure the pan you’re using can go in the oven.
Alexia Detweilerr is a freelance food writer based in Lancaster, Pa. She married her high school sweetheart in June 2011 and has been using him as a guinea pig for her cooking since.
Spicy Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
2 green peppers, use red if you want a sweeter flavor
2 tbsp tomato paste
½ cup broth or other liquid, I’ve used beef or chicken broth, either one works but I noticed the beef caramelizes nicely in the oven
salt and pepper to taste
6 sub rolls (optional)
Heat olive oil over medium heat in frying pan that can go in the oven. Brown sausage.
Meanwhile, cut onions into 8 wedges and slice peppers into strips.
When sausage is browned on the outside, remove from heat and chop, then return to pan, or push whole sausages to the side and add 1 tablespoon more olive oil if necessary.
Sautée onions and peppers in pan until soft and slightly browned.
Add tomato paste and liquid to pan. Stir until evenly mixed through sausage, peppers and onions.
Remove from heat and put pan in 350°F oven. Cook for about 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked through.
Serve with sub rolls or in bowls as a stew.