Friday, July 28, 2017

Stuffed Peppers with Grits and Sausage

Oh my...we loved this. Cheesy grits and spicy sausage made for a filling, well, filling. And the addition of grape tomatoes and fresh basil allowed us to use some produce from our garden and made the dish seem more summer-y. Not to mention how pretty is the final result? I served ours with roasted Brussels sprouts. Perfect summer meal.
 
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Stuffed Peppers with Grits and Sausage
{Southern Living magazine}
 
3 large red bell peppers (about 20 oz.)
1 Tablespoon canola oil
3 hot Italian pork sausage links (casings removed)
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup), divided
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups heirloom grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup basil leaves
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Microwave bell peppers on high 2 minutes to soften slightly. Cut bell peppers in half through the stem. Remove seeds and white membranes using a serrated tomato corer or melon baller, leaving stem intact. Discard seeds and membranes.
 
Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage to skillet; cook 4 minutes, stirring to break into small pieces. Add onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until sausage is cooked and onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage mixture from pan. Add cornmeal to skillet; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add broth, milk, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt to skillet; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, sausage mixture, and half of the cheese. Divide mixture evenly among bell pepper halves. Place side by side on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
 
Bake in preheated oven until cheese is browned and peppers are tender, about 30 minutes.
 
Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, black pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes and basil; toss to coat. Serve over peppers. (I did this but didn't photograph it...it was a tasty addition to the stuffed peppers!)
 
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Hope everyone enjoys their weekend. Summer is winding down, and I'm not happy about it!