Fair Food in the Slow Cooker: Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions
I remember is a little girl going to the fair and seeing all the food trailers. There were all different kinds of foods, from elephant ears to Mongolian barbeque to the one stand I always remember going to that served the best Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions. They had a griddle right in front of the trailer that you could see from outside. It had huge coils of Italian sausage grilling and right next to them mounds of peppers and onions, sliced and caramelizing. They would cut off a hunk of sausage and serve it in a hot toasted bun with marinara sauce or a spicy mustard. You had your choice of hot or sweet Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions. That was the trailer I always headed for. But now its just as easy to make them at home with your slow cooker while you’re gone out for the day! (And cheaper too!)
The Best Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions
The best Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions starts with fresh sausage from your favorite grocer’s meat case, or maybe in with the breakfast sausages. I like to look for places that make your own Italian sausage, but that’s becoming rare these days, so I get mine at my favorite grocer premade. For the onions I get whatever is on sale, typically something not sweet. The onions sweeten as they cook, so the bolder the flavor, the better the final sandwich. I typically get a mix of peppers, mixing green, yellow, orange, and red, or I get whatever’s on sale. Rolls should be hearty to hold the large sausages. I normally get a hoagie rolls, but you can get whatever role you like. Sometimes I even buy French bread and just cut it into sections.
- 2 lbs Italian sausage links or rope cut into links
- 4 bell peppers, any color
- 5-6 onions
- Hoagie rolls
- Layer the peppers and onions in the bottom of a 5 qt slow cooker.
- Arrange the sausages on top of the vegetables.
- Cover the slow cooker and set to low for 8 hours.
- Serve in hoagie rolls with marinara sauce or mustard.
Toppings for Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions
I use a lot of different toppings on Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions. Sometimes it’s simply marinara sauce from a jar. Use your favorite sauce and you’ll up. I’m also known to use pizza sauce for a little bit of a spicier flavor, or a hearty brown mustard. They all make amazing toppings on Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions.