This is one of those meals that I make if I need to feed a lot of hungry people. You can make it all ahead and then just heat and serve. It’s filling and delicious. I either serve it with a big loaf of Italian bread OR I add potatoes to the recipe. This time I added potatoes and it was yummy! I like to use good quality pork sausages or chicken sausages.
If you are looking to keep it light for the new year, use chicken sausages and no bread. You can even add mushrooms to get more veggies in.
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3 rings of Italian sausages or 2 packages. (You can get mild, sweet, or spicy.)
6-8 peppers, seeded and sliced (I use mostly cubanelle peppers and then add a couple of red bell)
1 bag of small potatoes, sliced or quartered
1 large onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves minced or sliced
salt and pepper
Optional: 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Unfold sausage rings and cut with kitchen scissors to pieces about the size of a hot dog.
Place on a large baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes turning halfway. Set to the side until vegetables are done. (The sausages should be brown, but not too overdone because you will be cooking them again. You can also throw them on the grill and they would be even better!)
Place the peppers, potatoes, onion and garlic in a separate baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Toss to coat evenly.
Bake for about 20 minutes turning a couple of times so everything gets cooked evenly.
Add the sausages to the baking sheet with the vegetables. If using the tomato sauce, pour the can of sauce on top and mix it all together so everything is coated.
At this point you can put the whole tray in the fridge until about a half hour before you are ready to eat. When you are ready, put it back in the oven until hot-about 20 minutes.
I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic.
Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet.
Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky.
Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb....
I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way...
My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol
Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week.
The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!
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