Italian sausage is known for its rich seasonings and sweet, medium and hot styles. Broiling Italian sausage is one of the best ways to bring out the full, juicy flavor and delightful aroma. Since most sausage is made from pork, it is important to cook it fully for safety reasons. Making the Italian sausage and pepper hero sandwich is an excellent way to familiarize you with the sausage broiling technique.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden spoon
- Hot Italian sausages
- Sweet Italian sausages
- Olive oil
- Bell peppers
- Italian bread loaf
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Heat 3 tbsp. olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until hot, but not smoking. Add one large onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced. Add three bell peppers – red, orange and green – thinly sliced; 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced. Cook for 15 minutes or until golden.
Preheat the broiler while the peppers and onion are cooking. Pierce two hot, and two sweet Italian sausages with a fork to keep the sausage casing from splitting. Put the sausages on the broiler pan rack, and place it under the broiler. Make sure the broiler pan and rack are approximately 8 inches from the heat source. Broil for seven minutes until golden brown. Pull the broiler pan from the oven and turn the sausages over. Broil for another seven minutes.
Remove sausages from the oven to a cutting board, and let cool for five minutes. Cut the sausages in half lengthwise, then cut the Italian bread loaf in four equal sections. Slice each section in half to form a top and bottom piece for each sandwich. Place one hot and one sweet Italian sausage half on each sandwich and top with the pepper and onion mixture.