Sunday Food: Ruth Calvo’s Steamed Sausage Stuffed Peppers
When I have a few brightly colored sweet peppers I want to cook them with stuffing; and now that it’s getting cold, I generally like to keep boiling water going to warm and moisten the air in the house. Mint leaves in the steam also helps. This combined to push me into doing a dish that combined both aspects of my household into one. Using a double boiler makes cooking a little less prone to scorch or burn your ingredients, also.
I ran through a few recipes and found a good combination of the things I like and put them together to make this dish, which I find absolutely wonderful.
RUTH CALVO’S STEAMED SAUSAGE STUFFED PEPPERS
Eight small sausages or bratwurst, cut into small pieces
Three cloves of garlic, diced
One small onion, diced
One stalk of celery, diced
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Two slices of multi grain bread, crumbled fine
Two medium red, orange or yellow peppers
Brown sausage with garlic in a skillet
Bring water in bottom of double boiler to slow boil
Add crumbs to onion, celery, egg, moisten if needed with gravy or broth, combine into stuffing with sausage and garlic
Cut peppers in half, remove seeds, and stuff well with mixed stuffing.
Add stuffed peppers to top of double boiler, cover, let cook until peppers are still firm, but cooked through, about 1 hour.
The use of slow steaming of course makes the peppers soft without melting away, and keeps their fresh flavors. I like this with a dab of hot mustard, but if you happen to swing toward ketchup,or salsa, that is another good touch.
This makes enough for two, but if you want a larger quantity, double it. Or go wild, and make enough to fill the whole freezer, or feed the homeless.