Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan Sandwiches #ItalianFood

I come from a huge Italian American family, and food plays a huge role not only on holidays, but in every day life too.  I had a very hard time choosing what I wanted to post today, because I have so many memories associated with certain dishes.   I saw this recipe for Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan Sandwiches in the Feb/Mar 2018 issue of Taste of Home, and I knew it was the one.  I immediately thought of trips to the beach we used to take as a family.  We'd play the arcade games, and grab lunch from one of the food stands.   You could smell the peppers and onions frying up all the way down the street. 

I've made them at home before, the traditional way, parboiling the sausage, then frying everything up in a big skillet, but I love how this recipe is done on a sheet pan in the oven. I buy a brand of turkey sausage that is harder to cut when uncooked, so I browned it up quickly on the outside in a skillet first, then let it cool.   I used red onion, orange, red and yellow peppers.   I've got to admit, I was doubtful the sausage would cook through and the veg would be soft, but it was absolutely perfect after 30 minutes.

I used whole wheat rolls, and due to lack of reading comprehension on my part, topped them with the sausage mixture before I put the cheese on.   So I took the pictures, topped it with cheese and then stuck it under the broiler until it melted.  Oh, the taste of these brought me right back to the my childhood.  The sound of the waves, the great smells in the air, laughing and spending time with my family. Thanks so much to Debbie G. for sharing the recipe, it's definitely going to be made again and again.

Thanks also to Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting #ItalianFood, and all of the #FestiveFoodies for sharing their amazing recipes.  

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Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan Sandwiches

  • 1 pound uncooked sweet Italian turkey sausage links (I used hot)
  • 3 medium sweet red peppers, seeded and sliced (I used yellow and orange too)
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 6 hot dog buns, split (I used whole wheat rolls)
  • 6 slices provolone cheese

Preheat oven to 375°. Place sausage pieces in a 15x10x1-in. sheet pan, arranging peppers and onions around sausage. Drizzle olive oil over sausage and vegetables; bake, stirring mixture after 15 minutes, until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 30-35 minutes. During last 5 minutes of baking, arrange buns cut side up in a second sheet pan; top each bun bottom with a cheese slice. Bake until buns are golden brown and cheese is melted. Spoon sausage and pepper mixture onto bun bottoms. Replace tops. Yield: 6 servings.
For a family-sized sandwich, swap out the hotdog buns with a large loaf of French bread cut in half lengthwise.

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  1. What a fantastic sandwich. Nice and hearty. Don't you love recipes that take you back to your childhood? I sure do! Love your story.

    1. I've really got to get into my mom and gram's recipe boxes and make more of those childhood foods!

  2. One of my favorite foods in the world. Italian sausage sandwiches smothered in peppers and onions. I am so hungry for this right now.

  3. Yum! My boys love Italian sausage sandwiches. And I'll love the ease of a sheet-pan for this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I can't believe I haven't been making more sheet pan meals, they are so easy!

  4. Oh I am all about the SHeet Pan suppers lately. Sounds yummy!

    1. I definitely need to check out more of them, it was such a simple way to get dinner on the table!

  5. Forget the perfume, my favorite scent is when peppers and onions hit the hot pan. Loving this sandwich!

  6. I love using turkey sausage! These sandwiches are great. Easy to make as they are sheet pan! Perfect for any day!

    1. I only recently started buying it, but I really love it. It's great on flatbreads and pizza too.

  7. We eat a lot of sausage and peppers here. I usually put mine over rice with turkey sausage.

    1. I had some of the leftovers on a brown rice/quinoa mix, still amazing!

  8. I love that this is all on one sheet, easy clean up!


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