“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
Let’s face it. We all like a home cooked meal, but we don’t always have time to cook one. Take-out is an alternative, but if you’re on a budget, it can strain the bank account pretty quickly. It can also take just as long to go get the food as it would to prepare it yourself. So what do you do? Pasta and a jar of sauce? It will work, but that’s pretty boring.
Why not go with something that looks as good as it tastes? It’ll only take you 25 minutes, prep time included.
- ½ lb smoked sausage, sliced
- ½ yellow onion, sliced
- 2 bell peppers, sliced (yellow and orange are best, but red works too.)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ c balsamic vinegar
- Cracked black pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a deep 10 inch frying pan.
- Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat 5-7 minutes.
- Add bell pepper and sausage.
- Add balsamic vinegar.
- Cover and cook approx 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Crack black pepper on top, remove from heat and spoon onto hoagie rolls.
Pairs well with ales, wheat beers, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. Go ahead and fancy that meal up with a nice wine or craft brew. If you’re looking for a side, sweet potato fries are always a good option.
Bonus tip: Onions can be real tear jerkers. The easiest way I’ve found to minimize the crying is to take a sharp knife and cut around the bottom of the onion at a 45 degree angle, then pry out the center bulb. The enzymes that cause the tears are released from this area, so removing it can make cutting your onion a much happier experience. Don’t cut in too deeply, as that just splits open the bulb you’re trying to remove. I find it’s best to cut in a circle starting about a quarter inch out from the roots. Don’t worry. If you want I can share a whole blog post about how to go about doing this with pictures and everything.