Slimmer Sausage and Peppers
IntroductionThis hearty yet better-for-you dinner is perfect for a camping trip, a cookout with friends, or just dinner on a Wednesday night. This hearty yet better-for-you dinner is perfect for a camping trip, a cookout with friends, or just dinner on a Wednesday night.
1 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
2 bell peppers, sliced (about 2 cups)
5 cloves garlic, sliced in half
16 ounces redskin potatoes, quartered (about 9)
1 sprig thyme
1 teaspoon fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)
Pinch black pepper
3 reduced-fat sausage links, (about 10 ounces)*, sliced into bite-size pieces
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Choose the small waxy potatoes so that they will finish cooking at the same time as the onions and peppers.
If you want your sausage and veggies to have more color, cook an additional 10-15 minutes.
* Sausage has slimmed down--have you seen the varieties available on the market these days? You can find lower-fat, less sodium, even half pork and half chicken, which is what I used.
Slice the sausage at an angle so the portion looks larger than it is.
Tear off two 14-inch sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Lay them flat (one perpendicular to the other) so they form an "X."
Place all the ingredients in the center of the foil and fold in all four sides, pinching them together at the top.
Cook for 30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and the sausage has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
NOTE: If you're baking this dish, place the packet on a baking sheet to catch any juices that might leak.
Makes 8 cups
Serving Size: 2 cups including 2 ounces of sausage
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To reduce the fat in sausage, boil it before grilling. Poke some holes in the sausage with a fork, place in water to cover, boil for about 15 minutes. You'll be amazed at how much grease is released. Then grill. Learned this trick after a grease flareup on my hibachi. - 8/19/13
The potatoes weren't anywhere done after 30 minutes, so we finished them off in the microwave. I'll make this again, but next time I'll parboil or nuke the potatoes ahead of time, skip the foil, and put everything under the broiler so it gets nice and browned. - 9/21/12