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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mustard and Beer Sausage and Pepper

Once again I arrived home after work only to realize that I had not taken anything out of the freezer for supper. Dang it.

But a quick defrost of some Italian sausages and two peppers in the veggie drawer offer up a good, quick option. As the slicing of the peppers started, my initial thought was to do a basic Italian version of sausage and peppers; but when I opened the fridge to get a beer (for drinking purposes)- my hand passed by a big jar of Dijon mustard. My mind started to whirl with visions of German steins of beer, plates of Oktoberfest bratwurst and lederhose! Beer and mustard - two of my favorite things!

So away go the tomatoes and in goes the mustard. I had already committed to the basil, and it worked fine; although if making this again I would probably substitute thyme instead. And the same goes with the sausage - I just happened to have the Italian sausage, but anything would work here. This is simply sensational, a great change from the classic Italian sausage and peppers, which is good in its own right. The sausages stay nice and moist and the sauce cooks down to a thick, creamy, yummy mess. I served this with a couple of big hunks of homemade pickles - soo good! It's important to get a good beer; throw in a pretzel for an appetizer and you'll be seriously fat and happy! Prost!

Sausage and Peppers with Mustard and Beer

Saute in 2 tbls olive oil and 1 tbls of butter, until beginning to soften:
1/4 red onion, sliced
1/4 white onion, sliced
1 small to medium yellow pepper, sliced
1 small to medium red pepper, sliced

add 4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon dried basil (or use thyme)
3 Sausages (Italian, German, whatever you have)

Continue to saute on medium to medium low heat, toss peppers often

add 3-4 big spoons of dijon mustard
handful of chopped parsley
1 tbls chili oil ( or use any hot sauce)
1/2 bottle of beer- I used New Belgium 1554 Enlighted Black Ale- it's a fabulous dark beer, choose any micro beer, just don't go with some sort of silly light.

Simmer until sausage are done.

Serve with big crusty dog buns or just a hunk of bread on the side to sop up the sauce with; don't forget the pickles and serve with a glass of the beer you used too!

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