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Sunday Food: Steamed Sausage Stuffed Peppers


Peppers ready to be stuffed

Sausage stuffed steamed 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.



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

One egg

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.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.