Saturday, March 2, 2013

Carmela Soprano's Roasted Sausages, Peppers, Potatoes and Onions (for 4 or 50)

Okay… travelling is nice but it's time to get back to the recipes.
March has just come in like a lamb, thank goodness!
As the days get longer, they just seem to fly.
Before you know it, it's going to be April.

I don't know what it is about April in Manitoba but it always is a very busy month.
Churches have teas, couples have socials, families have gatherings.
Maybe it's just that we're so glad to have made it through another winter.
That's a very good reason to celebrate!!
But, as any Ma knows, you can't leave the planning to the last minute.

Charmaine Bucco's chapter Cooking for the Whole Famiglia in Artie's The Sopranos Family Cookbook  has terrific recipes for feeding a family or a crowd.
And many of them are quite reasonable.
Hey, we are talking Winnipeg, affectionately nicknamed K-Mart Town.
Yes, K-Mart went out of business long ago.
But the nickname stuck.

As with Charmaine's other recipes this can also be used for a smaller group.
But it's good to tuck away for when you're expecting a crowd.
And it makes great use of those Italian sausages you bought when they were on sale.
You did stock up, didn't you?

                        Roasted Sausages, Peppers, Potatoes and Onions

Preheat oven to 450º

Serves 4                                                                     Serves 50 
In one or more large shallow roasting pans spread
1 pound peeled potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces               12 pounds
1 green pepper, cored, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces           15
1 red  pepper, cored, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces             15
1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces                                     12

Do not crowd the vegetables.
If they're crowded, some will burn and some won't brown.

Drizzle with
1/4 Cup olive oil                                                                          2 1/2 Cups
Sprinkle with
salt and pepper to taste                                             salt and pepper to taste

Stir the vegetables so they'll be coated with the oil.
Roast the vegetables for 45 minutes, stirring a couple of times.

While the vegetables are roasting,
pierce with a fork in a couple of places
1 pound Italian pork sausages                                                  15 pounds

After the vegetables have cooked for 45 minutes, remove them from the oven
and place the sausages on top of the vegetables
Bake for 15 to 30 minutes.
Serve hot.

Would I make Roasted Sausages, Peppers, Potatoes and Onions again?
Sure, it's a nice all-in-one meal.
You might like to serve it with some crusty bread.
And, if you're feeding a crowd, Charmaine's Caesar Salad.

One recipe down.  Thirty-nine more to go.

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