Do you ever get in a slump where you have no idea what you are going to do for dinner? Believe it or not, I am in that slump often. I want to make something Grumpy likes so I will ask him what he might suggest and this is how it will go: "I don't know" or "I'm not hungry, I can't think of anything right now". It can be so frustrating! A simple "lets have such and such" would sometimes make my life so much easier! I have a feeling it is this way in a lot of homes....at least my co-worker gets what I'm talking about when I mention it to her so I don't think I am alone here.
I make sure I am happy too...I mean, look at all the baked goodies I have been making lately. Believe me, that isn't for Grumpy's happiness. He's not a super big sweets person. I'm the sugar monger in the house. I like to believe that I am like my Nanny in every way. I have a big heart, love my family immensely, hate to see anyone hurt, and have a big sweet tooth. ;o) I probably have the nagging part down pretty good too. hehehe
The other evening was one of those nights that I had no idea what to make. I hadn't taken any meat out of the freezer and didn't have a clue. So, on my way home from work I gave Grumpy a call. No answer. After I put gas in my car I gave him another call. Still no answer. I headed on home thinking what am I going to fix? By the time I was 2 miles from home (and had already decided what I was making) Grumpy called me back. Too late. He didn't get a choice anymore. I had already decided - but I will say, he was not unhappy at all and commented that they were really good this time. I think its because I added some vinegar as suggested by Elle in her post on Italian Sausage Sandwiches!
Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches
1-½ tablespoons olive oil
2 large green or red bell peppers, or a mixture of both, sliced into ½-inch strips
1 large onions, sliced
1 large cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds Italian Sweet Sausage Links
8 hoagie or steak sandwich rolls
Heat olive oil in large sauté over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until slightly wilted. Add garlic and cook one more minute. Add peppers and seasonings; stir to combine. (this is where I added a couple tablespoons of vinegar) Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until peppers are very tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the lid to evaporate liquids. Meanwhile, place sausages in frying pan and cook until browned on all sides and thoroughly done. Place cooked sausages in pan with peppers to keep warm. To serve, place a sausage in roll and top with peppers and onions as desired. (I slice my sausage, while Grumpy keeps his whole - fix yours however you like!) I toast our rolls - we like our rolls for all our sandwiches (hamburger, hotdogs, sausages) sprayed with some I Can't Believe it's Not Butter and broiled in the toaster oven.
Looks delicious! I haven't had this in quite sometime.
Gah! My husband does that too! After a while I got wise to it, so every time he would not answer the phone I would make something that I knew was not exactly his favorite. When he would try to complain I would say "well I called you three or four times about dinner honey". He got wise to it to. Now he just picks up!
Who doesn't love a sausage sandwich? Perfect, Honey B!
I always feel like I'm in a slump for dinner...
This looks AWESOME and would be loved at our house. This is a great go to meal...sausage can be easily defrosted too. Looks great!!
They look SO good! Sausage and peppers is one of my favorite dishes ever! And now i have a craving, lol.
I'm impressed you cooked something--those are the nights I call John for take out.
This looks great! Who needs buns? I'd gobble that sausage and pepper medley up by itself!
Wow, these sandwiches look wonderful! I'm always on the lookout for easy and delicious dinners, and this looks perfect. I'd love to try it with the Italian turkey sausage. Love your blog!
My Carolina Kitchen
Gorgeous pictures. I agree that adding the vinegar would make a big difference. I like your blog and will be back.
Yum. My husbands the same way - he never has meal ideas. I have been in a slump lately too - thankfully I have great cookbooks that I checked out from the library to give me inspiration.
Christine aka Mistress of Cakes
I have to say not to bad for a slump!! We had sausage with peppers and onions yesterday as well though without the bread and some mushrooms and tomatoes thrown in. Looks delish!
Cami @ Creating Myself
Oh boy, I have Emeril's Chicken & Apple sausages in the fridge right now. I see hoagies on the menu this weekend! ;o)
Sausage and pepper sandwiches...NY State Fair, Italian festivals in town. Those are the images I get when I think of the lovely aroma of these yummy sandwiches. I have gotten to making these with turkey hot Italian sausage and they are very good.
I don't think I would have any complaints either if you were to come and cook this for me!
My grandma and mom love Italian sausage. I will definitely have to pass this on to them!
Oh, man. Can I have one of these for breakfast? Pretty please? Yum!
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse
It really is the little things like toasting the rolls that makes a good sandwich a great sandwich!
I love Italian sausages. I don't make them often but always get them at fairs! I know what you mean about not knowing what to cook. I find myself with that dilemma often!!!
Yup the rolls have to be tooasted. Just had Italian sausage last night- I can never get enough of that stuff! Great pictures, so colorful!
Looks yummy! I love a good sausage sandwich!