Monday, June 13, 2011

Sausages with red peppers and fresh basil

This is one of my fav. meals because of the fresh basil (in season) and bright veggie colors.

Try Yutzy's in PC or the Cheese House for cheap spices!

You can use Johnsonville sausages, turkey sausage or chicken!
 I loved to cook as I was growing up. When I was in my late teens, I loved to make things like milkshakes, banana bread, meatloaf, etc. Well, my favorite meal was sausage and peppers. I loved how the roasted peppers and garlic made this amazing roasted sauce. And it's super fresh and light if you use turkey or chicken sausages.

Here's the recipe. Try it out.

Sausage and Red Peppers with fresh basil
Preheat oven to 375

5-6 italian sausages
1/4 cup of chicken broth (water if you don't have broth)
2 red peppers or orange peppers, cut into 1/2 vertical strips
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 onion, white, rough cut
1 teaspoon kosher salt (taste after cooking to see if it needs more depending on saltiness of sausages)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
2 tablespoons basil, torn gently over dish
2 tablespoon basil, torn gently for rice. 
Lay sausages in either stoneware or 9x13 pan. Add broth.
Layer rest of ingredients including, peppers cherry tom, garlic, onion, tom paste and spices on top.
Cook for 45-55 minutes or until sausages are cooked and veggies are roasted.

Cook as directed. 
I like to use 1 1/2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of rice. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and boil water. When water is boiling, add rice. Turn heat to simmer and cover with lid for about 15 minutes or until you see little recessed pockets in the rice. Turn off heat and gently use fork to fluff rice. 

Add following:
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons olive oil 
Add reserved fresh basil to rice and lightly toss
Make sure heat is off when you add basil or your basil will turn brown. 

Serve with sausages and enjoy! 
The sausages will have a really good sauce from the peppers, tomatoes and garlic. MMM. 

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