Stuffed Peppers with Grits and Sausage Recipe

Stuffed Peppers with Grits and Sausage
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Active
15 Minutes
Total
1 Hour, 5 Minutes

Yield

Serves 6

Grits and sausage may sound like a breakfast dish, but we think you will enjoy how they are used in this stuffed peppers recipe. Some of summer’s best produce comes together in this flavorful and easy weeknight meal. Not only are the bright red bell peppers packed with savory sausage, a cheesy, cornmeal mixture, and fresh herbs, but this delicious recipe has a short prep time of under 20 minutes. A serrated tomato corer or melon baller makes an easy job of hollowing out the peppers, but you can also use a paring knife and teaspoon.

Ingredients

  • 3 large red bell peppers (about 20 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 hot Italian pork sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup coarse cornmeal (such as McEwen & Sons)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup), divided
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups heirloom grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Microwave bell peppers on HIGH 2 minutes to soften slightly. Cut bell peppers in half through the stem. Remove seeds and white membranes using a serrated tomato corer or melon baller, leaving stem intact. Discard seeds and membranes.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage to skillet; cook 4 minutes, stirring to break into small pieces. Add onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until sausage is cooked and onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage mixture from pan. Add cornmeal to skillet; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add broth, milk, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt to skillet; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, sausage mixture, and half of the cheese. Divide mixture evenly among bell pepper halves. Place side by side on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is browned and peppers are tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, black pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes and basil; toss to coat. Serve over peppers.
Test Kitchen Tip

Any color bell pepper will work in this recipe, but weigh them before buying to make sure they’re large enough to hold the grits-and-sausage filling. Three peppers should total about 20 ounces.