|Italian Sausage & Peppers, Musso Style
Sausages and fresh local veggies sautéed together in a delicious wine and tomato sauce - great on roll or over pasta or polenta.
2 pounds Tony’s Italian Sausage, hot or mild
2-3 TBS olive oil, preferably picual
2 large Musso’s Vidalia-seed Onions, or onions, split and sliced ¾ inch thick
3-4 Musso’s Italian Cubanelle Peppers, or colorful bell peppers, cut into ¾ inch slices
3 cloves garlic, bruised
1 bay leaf
3/4 tsp Tony’s dry Italian herb medley (or more to taste)pinches of crushed red pepper
2 TBS Balsamico di Modena
1/2 glass Marsala or red wine
2-3 TBS Italian Tomato Paste
28 oz can San Marzano whole tomatoes or 4 Musso Farms Tomatoes, wedged
1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper - to taste
Garnish: fresh basil, oregano and parsley leaves, chopped
Heat a heavy 12-14 inch skillet over medium high heat (375-400°). Add olive oil, sausages, peppers, onions, garlic, bay, dry herbs and pinches of crushed red pepper; sautéing quickly to brown. Remove sausages when about half done and reserve.
Add Balsamico and wine, stirring with a wooden spoon to deglaze pan. Add tomato paste and canned tomatoes along with all their juices.* Stir to blend, and cut the tomatoes into bite size pieces with a spoon. Reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes to reduce.
Taste and adjust with salt, pepper, dry herbs and pinches of crushed red pepper to taste. Add back sausages and cook to finish sausages and marry sauce.
Serve over pasta, or place the sausage on a demi baguette and smother with onions, peppers and sauce. Garnish fresh chopped basil, oregano Italian parsley. Also great over grilled or soft polenta.
– Chef Mick (Michaelangelo) Rosacci, www.TonysMarket.com, www.TonyRosacciCatering.com
*Chef’s Note: if using fresh tomatoes, you’ll probably need to add some tomato juice, more wine or water to create the sauce.