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Grilled Sausage & Pepper Heroes

It has been quite the week in the Anderson household. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, and for someone who spends most of her (non-working, non-sleeping) time in the  kitchen, it's been pretty chaotic to say the least! We spent last weekend ripping out our old cabinets (which were from 1941!) and flooring, and this week the new cabinets have been installed. We're currently waiting on our new countertops to come in, but have rigged up a system with our old countertops on top of the new cabinets. It's livable, but the only bad thing - we have no sink! Doing dishes in the bathroom is only fun for a certain length of time (like about 30 seconds...) So, the objective for dinner each night this week has been to dirty as few dishes as possible. We've been using the grill a lot, which brings me to these delicious Grilled Sausage & Pepper Heroes. These were so delicious! Not only are the Italian sausage links grilled, but the peppers & onions are grilled as well. The grilled peppers & onions are folded into a saucy & sweet garlicky-tomato sauce, which goes on top of the Italian sausage sandwiches. The whole sandwich is then toasted under the broiler with some melty mozzarella, and the combination is quite the treat. Not a dainty sandwich at all!  

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  To get started, preheat the grill to medium. You don't want the heat too hot for the veggies or they will turn to little crispy bits of char. You don't need a fancy veggie basket - just cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds. Slice the onions into thick rings. Brush them with some olive oil and gently place them on the grill. Grill about 8-10 minutes on each side until everything is tender.  

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[caption id="attachment_2681" align="aligncenter" width="448"]IMG_3924 These got a little dark... if that happens, just peel the skin off once you're done grilling them.[/caption]   While the veggies are grilling, heat up your favorite spaghetti sauce on the stove. Bring it to a simmer, and when the veggies are done, slice them up and add them to the sauce.  

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  Once the veggies are done and added to the sauce, grill up your sausages. Chief Smokehouse makes the best Italian sausage (and brats). Seriously, after trying them, I will never choose another brand. (My mom even buys them when she comes to visit to take home with her, and she lives 400 miles away.)  

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  Once the sausages are done, load up your sandwiches. Start by toasting the hoagie rolls under the broiler for a minute or two.  

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  Add a sausage link, then cover it with the sauce and peppers and some thinly sliced mozzarella. (Provolone would be really good, too.) Pop back under the broiler for another 2-3 minutes, until the cheese melts.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="458"]IMG_3936 I might have let it broil just a bit too long... those edges are a little crispy.[/caption]

And that's one heck-of-a-sandwich! Whoever said a sandwich couldn't be filling? I enjoyed this recipe much more than I thought I would, since I'm not much of a sausage person. But the combination of sweet peppers & sauce with the melty cheese really pulled everything together.

Get a little adventurous at your next cook-out this summer with Grilled Sausage & Pepper Heroes! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Grilled Sausage & Pepper Heroes

Servings/Yield: 5 sandwiches
  • 24-oz jar roasted garlic spaghetti sauce
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package Chief Smokehouse Italian sausage links, (sweet or hot)
  • 5 hoagie buns
  • 10 thin slices mozzarella cheese
Method Preheat grill to medium heat. Pour spaghetti sauce into a large saucepan and set over low heat to simmer. Prepare veggies for the grill. Cut peppers in half, removing and discarding stems and seeds. Slice onion crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. Brush veggies with olive oil; place directly on grill grates. Grill 8-10 minutes on each side until tender. Set aside. Grill sausages, covered over medium heat for 10-12 minutes until cooked through and edges crisp. While sausages are grilling, slice peppers and onions into small pieces; add to simmering spaghetti sauce and heat through. When sausages are done, preheat the broiler. Place buns, cut sides up, on baking sheet and toast 1-2 minutes under broiler. Remove buns from oven; top each with a sausage, a generous helping of sauce & peppers, and a couple slices mozzarella cheese. Broil 2-3 additional minutes until cheese is melted. Source: Adapted from Taste of Home

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