Our cousin was coming for dinner. This would not normally be an issue for me, except the man works for Chili’s in management. He eats all kinds of food, all the time. So I really wanted to make something different and tasty. After much consideration with The Hubster, we decided a hero would save the day! So I went all Eye-talian on him, and made (turkey) sausage and peppers for the filler, and home-made curly fries to go with it. Mamma-MIA!! They. Were. DELICIOUS!
SAUSAGE & PEPPER HEROES
2 pkgs turkey Italian sausage links
2 red bell peppers, sliced
2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
4 green bell peppers, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
4 hero / hoagie rolls, middles cleaned out
smoked provolone cheese slices
Preheat oven to 400. Place sausage links on a prepared baking sheet and place in the oven until cooked through, and maybe a little brown and caramelized on the sides. Set aside and let cool. Meanwhile, in a heavy pot (I use my Dutch oven, of COURSE!), sprinkle enough evoo to cover the bottom and heat over medium-high flame. Add peppers and onion, and sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper over the top. Then LIBERALLY sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and cumin powder over the top. Toss with a wooden spoon and WALK AWAY. Well, I mean, keep an eye out, of course, but as tempted as you will be to stir those peppers, please don’t. For a beautiful sear and not a steam cook, let them sit. Only toss or fold every-so-often. Slice sausage and add to the pepper party. Let cook another two minutes or so. Add a little more Italian seasoning and stir. Pile them into the hero roll, layer with provolone cheese and let sit in the oven warmer until the bun is a little toasted and the cheese is melted. Serve with the addictive curly fries below and you’ll have some verrry happy eaters!!
NOTES: As the low-carb girl in the house, I ate mine sans the roll. WORTH IT. For the hero, though, I take a regular brown lunch bag, cut it with oh-so-cute scissors for a nice edge, roll and stick the hoagie in. Adorable and practical for catching any rogue pieces as you eat!
HOME-MADE CURLY FRIES
canola oil, or some other high-heat oil
In a heavy pot, heat about an inch of canola oil on medium-high heat. With a spiralizer, twist your potatoes, one at a time, into the twisty fries. After each one is cut, add to the heated oil until cooked to desired crispness. We like ours ker-ISP! Scoop out with metal slotted spoon and lay on paper towel. Sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat with one potato at a time until you have the amount you want, and you will want A LOT. Serve next to hero of your choice. Or TO the hero of your choice!