The past year has been kind of nuts. One year ago Chad and I were married, we went on a honeymoon to Africa, attended EIGHT (of nine) weddings, we found a new apt and moved, all while trying to figure out what our new married-normal would be. On top of that Chad and I both underwent stressful job searches and both recently started new jobs. Also, since there’s no rest for the weary, we decided to buy an apartment. SO, today I’m going to take a pause (the week after wedding #8) to write this post in celebration of the big news that we are first time homeowners! Now I know your wondering why Sausage and Pepper Bites are relevant to my new homeownership. Well, the fact is, Forage and the Feast is making a big move. One that I have very mixed feelings about and I’m saddened to announce that I will no longer be a NYC resident. That’s right – we are jumping the river and making the move to Hoboken. Ok ok, Hoboken is the NJ borough of NYC and my commute to work will MAYBE be five minutes longer and we have parking, a 1,000 sqft private backyard (grilling!!!), and a fairly large kitchen, but it’s just not NYC. So in order to get myself mentally ready for the move I made these Sausage and Pepper Bites. Hoboken is/was an Italian immigrant town, home of Frank Sinatra, it’s in NJ (Sopranos, Jersey Shore, etc), and when I think of classic New Jersey Italian food I think of sausage and peppers.
Yea – maybe a stretch. But these are GOOD. And I imagine serving them at my housewarming party in my new NJ residence. I mean, how cute are they? I’d been eyeing these baby bell peppers for a week or two at the market and scouring the internet for baby-bell inspiration. It turns out that all the inspiration I needed was a little bit of Hoboken. Maybe this relocation won’t be so bad after all.
This recipe could not be more simple. I sautéed up some sweet italian sausages with onions, stuffed my little peppers, baked them until they were soft, topped them with some parm cheese (naturally), and served them up. The flavor was awesome. Imagine your favorite sausage and pepper sandwich compacted in one peppery little bite – SO good! I have these earmarked for my housewarming but I’m thinking they would be a pretty awesome app to serve at the holidays or better yet football season. So come get a little New Joisey with me and give these Sausage and Pepper Bites a try!
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