Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers

I was in the mood for some spicy Italian food the other night and prepared a dish that really hit the spot: Hot Sausage and Parmesan Stuffed Banana Peppers with Marinara over Pasta.  Not exactly a summer dish for a hot day in August, but if you sit in over air-conditioned facilities all day like I do, who cares. 

Side Note...
I have a love/hate relationship with air conditioning.  When it is 95 degrees and humid, bring it on.  I just hate when the first nice day comes along and the warm weather feels so good after a harsh Pennsylvania winter, and public places crank the AC to an ungodly 60 degrees.  Seriously? I don't want to wear a sweater in JULY!

Okay, sorry about that little rant. Back to cooking.  Here is how I made this delicious dish:
  • 4 large banana peppers... and by large I mean not teeny tiny (I used 2 spicy, and 2 mild)
  • 2 sausages (I used hot) with casings removed
  • 1 egg
  • a handful of grated Parmesan
  • a handful of bread crumbs
  • a jar of marinara sauce (*gasp* I know, I know, I used jarred sauce, but hey, I'm a workin' gal! I didn't have time to make my own in the middle of the week)
  • whatever pasta you'd like... cooked, obviously
Mix the sausage, egg, Parmesan and breadcrumbs in a bowl with clean hands.  I chose not to add seasoning because the sausage itself already had so much.  Transfer the meat mixture into a Zip-lock bag and cut the corner off to create a piping bag. 
Cut the tops off the peppers and hollow out the center "guts".  Next, with your piping bag, fill the peppers with the meat.  In a skillet drizzled with olive oil, brown the peppers on all sides.  To make sure the meat is fully cooked, transfer the stuffed peppers to a 400 degree over for about 10 minutes. 
Behold my fancy shmancy new All-Clad cookware set.  It's like owning a Cadillac.

Plate your pasta and sauce and top with delicious peppers.  Pop open a good bottle of red wine and enjoy my little darlings, enjoy. 
The finished product accompanied by a side salad. 

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