Stuffed Peppers Italian Style with Sausage and Mozzarella

melrose peppers Normally when you see a recipe for stuffed peppers you’ll see the bell shaped variety being used but I look forward to this time of year because a very special pepper starts to show up in Italian markets around Chicagoland, they’re called Melrose Peppers. I’ve done posts on them in the past like this one.

They came to be called Melrose peppers because as the story goes, many years ago a family from Calabria, Italy eventually settled into a suburb of Chicago called Melrose Pk. They brought with them the seeds of this very special, delicious thinned skinned pepper.They quickly became popular among gardeners in the Italian community and then soon after that they started appearing in all the fruit and vegetable stands, and the rest is history.

stuffing peppers Even though I’m featuring and stuffing my favorite Melrose peppers for this recipe, you can honestly use any type of elongated pepper such as a cubanelle or the sweet and long red pepper variety.

All you’re going to do is cut off the top then take a knife and make a slit down one side but not all the way, you still want the pepper to remain in tact, then just scoop out the seeds.

Then buy the best Italian sausage available, mine always has fennel and red pepper flakes for a little heat. If you can buy it in bulk go ahead, if not just remove it from the casing. Place it into a bowl then add a good amount of shredded mozzarella and mix well, that’s your stuffing!

stuffed peppers Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then drizzle all over with olive oil and place your peppers onto it after you stuff them with the mixture.

stuffed peppers Then it’s a quick drizzle all over the top, add salt and pepper and place them into a 400 degree oven for about half an hour, depending on what type of pepper you’re using.

stuffed peppers You’re aiming for soft and tender and of course the sausage being fully cooked as well as seeing the cheese has melt.

stuffed peppersstuffed peppers When you’re ready to serve spoon some warm marinara over the top and onto the serving plate.

stuffed peppers The flavor combination is divine, this is stuffed peppers at it’s finest!

stuffed peppers

Add some crusty bread with a nice green salad and dinner is served!

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Hasselback Zucchini

hasselback zucchini Hasselback zucchini, who would have thought? It’s a brilliant idea and such a fun and delicious way to cook up your summer squash. It’s sliced in the hasselback fashion just like we’ve seen it done to potatoes, only minus the carbs. I recently featured this on my Instagram account but for those who haven’t seen it there, I thought I’d share it here on my blog.

hasselback zucchini Slice your zucchini accordion style being very careful not to cut all the way through, you don’t want it to break apart, you just want to be able to fan out nicely. There’s a very good technique using chopsticks on each side of the zucchini while you’re slicing it which will prevent that from happening, check out YouTube for a visual, it’s very easy and works well.

hasselback zucchini Once it’s cut, gently fan out the slices and stuff some cheese in there, I used slices of asiago cheese but just remember the slices have to be thin, there’s not much room to stick thick pieces into the slots, also try to use a semi-hard cheese, nothing too soft.

hasselback zucchini After you stuff each slice, place the zucchini onto a parchment lined baking sheet then drizzle them with olive oil, some salt and pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

hasselback zucchini Place your hasselback zucchini into a hot 400 degree oven and roast until the cheese melts and the zucchini is tender but not mushy.

hasselback zucchini You could stop right at this point and enjoy it as is, and believe me it’s very good, but……

hasselback zucchini You might want to bathe them in some warm marinara sauce like I did, because honestly the sauce just enhances each and every bite even more.

It’s outrageous!

Happy Summer

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Tomato and Corn Pie, Italian Style

tomato and corn pie This is one of my favorite meals to make during the peek of summer because finally tomatoes actually taste like they’re suppose to taste, corn on the cob is also available and in abundance and so nice and sweet. This is what summer eating is all about to me.

tomatoes and corn Take these two essential ingredients, combine them into a pie that has caramelized onions, garden fresh basil, shredded asiago, mozzarella and romano cheese and the end result is a summer flavor explosion!

tomato and corn pie I love having big planks of corn throughout the pie, it provides a nice texture and taste with every bite.

tomato and corn pie No need for a pastry crust on top just let the tomatoes shine in all their brilliant glory, any variety will do.

tomato and corn pie

Make this as many times as you can this summer, serve it with a nice green salad. I promise you will be dreaming about this in the dead of winter!

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Tomato and Corn Pie, Italian Style
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 crust pastry dough, I used a good store bought one
  • 2 large onions sliced and then slowly caramelized until deep golden
  • tomatoes slices, any variety, enough to cover the top completely
  • 3 ears of fresh corn on the cob, cooked and cut into planks
  • shredded asiago, mozzarella enough to fully cover the bottom of the crust area
  • romano cheese
  • olive oil
  • dried oregano
  • fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Roll out your dough and place it into a pie pan
  2. Brush the crust with olive oil
  3. Sprinkle cracked black pepper all over.
  4. Prick the crust all over with a fork.
  5. Layer the bottom with the shredded mozzarella and the asiago, fully covering the bottom, then give it a good sprinkling of grated romano cheese.
  6. On top of the cheese scatter the caramelized onions all around and the fresh basil
  7. Place the fresh corn planks all around filling the top.
  8. Give a quick olive oil drizzle and more romano cheese on top of the corn planks.
  9. Arrange sliced tomatoes on top, sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  10. Do a final quick drizzle of olive oil all over.
  11. Bake in a pre-heated, 375 degree oven until the crust is crispy and a deep golden brown.
  12. Let it cool down before cutting into it.
  13. Garnish with more fresh basil.

 

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