Italian Chicken Sausage with Pepper, Onion & Garlic Relish and Hot Pepper Salad

Italian Chicken Sausage with Pepper, Onion & Garlic Relish and Hot Pepper Salad
Created By Paul Cullen

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Ingredients:
  • 1 package Harris Teeter chicken Italian sausage
  • 1 package fresh rolls, sliced
  • 3 mixed sweet peppers, chunked (1/8” pieces)
  • 1 red onion, chunked (1/8” pieces)
  • 1 fennel bulb, chunked (1/8” pieces)
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 cup EVOO (for salad)
  • 4 fresh heirloom tomatoes, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 mix of hot peppers (jalapenos, serranos, poblanos, etc.) cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 group basil leaves to tear
  • 1 set salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
Prepare the relish: In a sauté pan on medium heat, add EVOO, garlic, the sweet peppers, chunked onion and fennel. Sauté for 10 minutes or until softened.

Prepare the Italian sausage and the rolls: Grill sausage on hot grill until done (inside should register at least 180 degrees), then, in the last minute, grill the rolls. To assemble, place sausage in roll and top with the warm relish. (I like to hit it with hot mustard and serve with a glass of Sonata Rosé.)

Mom Nancy’s Hot Pepper Salad: Mix together the tomatoes, peppers, oil, basil, garlic and salt/pepper and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, or even better, for a couple of days (spicier!). This salad is great anytime for picnics and parties.