Homemade Italian sausage is formed into patties and stuffed with nuggets of mozzarella cheese. Then, the burgers are heavily pepper-crusted on the rims and finished with a dollop of creamy ricotta, red sauce, and fresh basil. Perhaps best of all, though, is the garnish of vinegar peppers that roast in the oven (or, alternately, cook in a tin right on the grill).
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A base of roasted red pepper cream sauce swaths pre-cooked, medium-sized pasta shells. I like the sauce smooth and silky, so I purée the roasted pepper mixture before adding a combination of heavy cream and half-and-half, along with three cheeses: ricotta, Fontina, and Asiago. Italian sausage, garlic, and onions, boost the sauce with extra flavor.
Everyone likes pizza. Isn't that a statement of fact? Sometimes, though, it's good to switch things up. That's where stromboli comes into play. Containing all the same ingredients in a different package, it's a customizable crowd-pleaser that can be prepared many ways. Ours is stuffed with sausage, garlic, and red peppers.
A homey Chinese and American mashup made with steamed soft silken tofu in a sauce flavored with hot Italian sausage and sliced shiitake mushrooms.
Slow cooker Italian sausage meatballs are served in a long-simmered sauce that gets its depth from dry red wine and balsamic vinegar.
Combos, the classic Chicago sandwich of Italian sausage and Italian beef, can be made and held for a crowd in the slow-cooker.
Lasagna is no less satisfying in soup form thanks to a hearty, meaty mix and cheese-laden topping.
The key to perfectly cooked sausages on the grill is to start them in a moist bath of flavorful toppings, slow cooking them to infuse them with flavor and get an even cook, then finishing them off over the hot side to crisp and char them.
From the earliest days of Slice, I've urged you pizza freaks to forgo the crusty, saucy, cheesy stuff on Thanksgiving in favor of gobbling the gobbler. But I know some of you are diehards, so here's a way to sneak our erstwhile favorite dish into the Turkey Day festivities: Garlic Knot and Sausage Stuffing. Yes, it's pizza-flavored stuffing for Thanksgiving.
Though a massive Italian sausage and pepper sandwich can look unwieldy and out of control, what actually makes it so mouthwatering is its balance. The sweetness of the peppers helps quell the spiciness of the sausage, and the bread perfectly soaks up all the juices. I say this even though I don't think I've ever actually experienced this ideal in real life. Most of the examples have come from state fairs and questionable street carts. The sausages were dry, the peppers greasy, and the bread stale. It made me wonder: can this classic ever actually taste good?
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