Friday, July 8, 2011

Upstate NY Feast Style Sausage and Peppers Recipe

All I can say is this sandwich is fabulous!

My favorite time of the year in Upstate NY is when the Italian Feasts would start, usually July -September. They have them at Mt. Carmel in Utica, St. Anthony's in Utica, Sons of Italy just to name of few of my childhood home town favorites as a child. We use to be able to walk to St Agnes Church feast, long since gone now. Here is one of the must haves at any Italian feast. I make my own Italian sub rolls, Italian homemade sausage and now lucky enough to grow my own peppers here in Florida, with the perfect weather we have makes this sub even better!

St. Anthony Church candle people come from all over in bus loads to line up for their pizza fritta, sausage, pizza and many other feast treat! Located in Utica NY.

8 hot Italian sausages or 8 Italian sweet sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved and sliced (for me these are optional)
6 large Italianelle sweet or hot red peppers, seeded and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
These are my babies this year! 

8  Italian sub rolls

Heat the oil in a large pan, over medium heat.

Add the sausages and cook, turning frequently.  You want them browned all over and this takes about 10 minutes.  Add the onions if using and stir up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.  Then after another 2 minutes, add the peppers, garlic, salt, pepper.  After lowering the heat cook for another 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the sausages are cooked through.

Split open the sub roll, add your sausage and top with peppers, garlic or onions.

 Addtional Options: Top with  Traditional Sunday Sauce or store bought marinara, mozzarella cheese, grating cheese and broil until cheese is browned and bubbling.

Toast your sub roll with butter and garlic powder for a garlicky buttery roll.

Top with fried mushrooms in addition to your peppers added while frying.

You can add whatever you like in spices, oregano, basil, parsley for an herb flavored sausage sandwich.

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