Monday, May 21, 2012

Chicken Sausage and Peppers

Summertime is sausage and pepper time, and there's nothing like a sausage and pepper sandwich from the Boardwalk at the Jersey Shore. It takes two hands to grip that big Italian roll as the grease drips down your arm with every bite. There's nothing like it. But have a couple of those and you'll have to stroll Boardwalk a few hundred times just to keep the blood in your arteries flowing. Last summer Lisa posted the recipe for "Poppa's Sausage and Peppers" and it is delicious. (Check it out under the July posts.) But if you want to change it up a little and save your pork indulgence for when you are DTS (that's "Down The Shore" for you non-Jersey texters), than try al fresco's chicken sausage as a substitute. It comes in a variety of flavors, including sweet Italian with fresh red and green peppers. That's a safe bet for this dish. But I chose to be daring and went with the spinach and feta. (OK, maybe the chipotle with mango and adobo would have been really daring.) I like to slice the peppers in strips long ways so you can see the inside seasonings (and it looks pretty on the plate.) So give it a try at home so when you hit the Boardwalk you can treat yourself right without the guilt! —Diana

You'll need:
1 pkg. of al fresco fully cooked chicken sausage. (The dish shown is spinach and feta.)

3 green bell peppers, remove seeds and cut into strips

3 red bell peppers remove seeds an cut into strips

1 large onion, sliced (optional)

Olive oil

Seasoning to taste

Long, soft Italian rolls

Since the chicken sausage is fully cooked, there is no need to parboil. Slice the sausage into strips long ways. Put a little olive oil in a pan and cook over medium heat until just browned.

In a bowl, coat the peppers and onion in olive oil and add seasoning (pepper, rosemary, whatever you like). Transfer them to a large frying pan and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken sausage and cover and let simmer until your family can't take the smell anymore and are standing in line at the stove with a roll in hand. Since I used the spinach and feta sausage I sprinkled just a bit of crumbled low-fat feta cheese on top before serving.

These are the many flavors available of Al Fresco Chicken Sausage. For more Al Fresco products, go to You'll even get a $1 off coupon when you sign up for their newsletter. 

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