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Brooklyn Style Sausage & Peppers

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Brooklyn Style Sausage and Peppers
2011-06-02 Main Dish
5 70

Hot and sweet sausages are grilled to perfection and topped with perfectly caramelized onions and peppers to make a traditional Brooklyn treat.

  • Servings: 4


2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or to taste
2 Tbsp Butter, or to taste
4 Large Onions, sliced thin into rings
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
4 Green Peppers, sliced into thin rings
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp Beef Broth
4 Italian Sausages, 2 hot and 2 sweet
4 Long Hard Rolls or a Loaf of Crusty Italian Bread


Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat then add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. Add onions skillet to caramelize, being careful not to crowd them too much. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then saute the onions, in batches, until caramelized. Remove onions to a bowl and repeat, adding oil and butter as needed, until all onions are cooked. In the same skillet, cook the peppers in a similar manner, except not browning the peppers as much. When all the peppers and onions have been cooked, return them all to the skillet. Mix the onions and peppers together so they are evenly distributed. Stir the balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, and beef broth into the mixture and cook, stirring for a minute or two to allow the balsamic to flavor the entire mixture. Remove the onion and pepper mixture to a large bowl. Heat a grill or cast iron skillet over medium heat, place the sausages on the grill, and cook until they are richly browned on all sides. When the sausages are cooked, warm the onion and pepper mixture and distribute it on a serving platter. Place the cooked sausage on top of the mixture. The sausage, peppers, and onions can either be served on a plate and eaten with a knife and fork or over pasta as a sauce, adding water or chicken broth to thin. They can be served as they are in Brooklyn, at Italian feasts, by slicing the rolls down the middle, adding a sausage, and covering it with the onion and pepper mixture, hot dog style.