Chicken sausage pepper casserole

Chicken sausage pepper casserole is a healthy winter comfort food, perfect for eating around the fire. Cabarrus Health Alliance photo

Nothing better than a healthy rich casserole this time of year to keep the chills away.

This would be the perfect comfort food to eat with the family around a nice warm fire pit on a Friday or Saturday night.

Add a glass of Point Noir for the adults and hot chocolate for the kiddies and you have a wonderful night of fabulous food and drink coupled with hopefully great conversation and laughter.

Did I tell you the best sound in the world for me are my boys laughing, it just warms my heart and puts a smile on my face. Enjoy this easy to make hearty dish this weekend.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red onion, peeled and sliced

1 red pepper, seeds removed and cut into thin slices

1 yellow pepper, seeds removed and cut into thin slices

8 chicken sausages

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 cup low in sodium vegetable or chicken stock

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or ½ teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley or ½ teaspoon dried parsley

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

3 cups kale (or spinach), roughly chopped

How to cook:

Place a large saucepan over a low to medium heat, add the oil, when hot add the onions and peppers. Cook stirring for 4 to 5 minutes until the peppers and onions are soft.

Add the sausages and allow to cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning the sausages to evenly brown on all sides.

Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the stock, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the herbs and red wine vinegar and allow to simmer for 10 minutes to cook through the sausages and reduce the liquid to a sauce consistency.

Add the kale and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, taste and season if necessary, remove from the stove and serve.

Chef Mark Allison

Mark Allison, Executive is Chef of Culinary Innovation at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Check out www.cabarrushealth.org/cookingclasses for more recipes and a list of upcoming cooking classes with Chef Allison.

Mark Allison is Executive Chef of Culinary Innovation at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Check out www.cabarrushealth.org/cookingclasses for a list of upcoming cooking classes with Chef Allison.  Want more recipes?  Visit www.chefmarkallison.com.

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