For this month's Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Lynsey Lou's Making Your Days Delicious, and boy can I say that she does just that. From her BLT Biscuits to her Baked Burritos with Creamy Poblano Sauce to her Browned Butter Salted Caramel Cookie Bars, my mouth never stopped watering! I chose to work with her Crockpot Sausage and Peppers recipe because Kevin loves sausage, but it was not an easy decision to make, trust me!
I knew I wanted to switch turkey sausage for regular sausage just to lighten it up a bit. Well OK let's be honest here, I wanted to make them into sandwiches add cheese so I figured if I reduced one side of the fat and calories I could boost up the other. It all balances out, right? At least I tell myself that. It is amazing how you can rationalize things in your head to make what you want seem logical! Seriously though, I love love loooooove sausage and pepper sandwiches so I had to do them this way.
There is a bit of a story behind this post though. It almost didn't happen. Why? Well #1 because I put it off until the last minute (shame on me). I had all month to do it and just waited until the last minute. I learned my lesson though. I had it in the slow cooker Thursday and figured I was fine, but on the way home from work Kevin got a phone all from a very dear friend of ours that recently lost her husband. She was in a bad place so he came home, into the fridge went the sausage and peppers, and off to her house we went. We took her out to dinner and it ended up being a very nice evening, but the sausage and peppers were haunting me. I was so afraid they would be ruined and then I had no idea what I would have done. I guess remake them today and realllllllllllllly push it to the last minute.
I took the cooker over to her house yesterday and put it on warm while we floated around her pool and enjoyed the fabulous weather we have been having here in Western Washington. When Kevin got there after work we were ready for dinner. I opened up the lid and both my friend and Kevin went on and on about how good it smelled. Awesome, one thing achieved. I get a roll and placed a couple pieces of cheese on it, topped that with a sausage and a ladle full of peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and all of those wonderful juices that had developed in the slow cooker. Wowza!!! They were so good!! The soft roll with the salty provolone cheese that was melting due to the heat of the sausage and peppers and the wonderfully flavorful sauce. They were perfect.
Thank you Lynsey for such a wonderful recipe to work with!!
Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers Sandwiches
based on a recipe from Lynsey Lou's Making Your Days Delicious
1 package Jennie-O's Italian turkey sausages (there were 5 in the pack)
2 large red bell peppers, sliced
2 onions, sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15oz) Can crushed tomatoes
1 (15oz) Can fire roasted tomatoes
3/4 Cup dry white wine
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
Deli sliced provolone cheese
Place the sliced peppers and onions in the slow cooker.. Top with the cooked sausage, crushed tomatoes, garlic, wine, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Turn cooker on low and cook for 6 hours.
Place 2 slices of cheese on sandwich roll and top with a sausage. Ladle the peppers, onions, and tomatoes on top of the sausage making sure to get the juices as well.