Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hot Italian Chicken Sausage Burgers!

Yesterday I was craving something like a burger, but different.  I thought about making sausage and peppers, and then thought why not make it into a burger?  I know Rachel Ray has made turkey sausage burgers on her show before, adding seasonings to ground turkey.  We always love the hot Italian chicken sausage made in house at Whole Foods, so I thought why try to recreate the flavor when it's already perfect?  The end result was perfectly juicy and spicy, and a nice change from the usual.

Here is how I made it-
Olive oil
1 large onion, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 cubanelle pepper, sliced thin
1/3lb cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
Salt & pepper
3 links hot Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
Grated parmigiano-reggiano, about 2T
Grated pecorino romano, about 2T
Chopped fresh parsley, about 2T
Sliced provolone
Bulkie rolls

Heat 1T olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 15 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.
Put the sausage in a bowl with both cheeses and the parsley, and stir together until combined.  Form into 2 patties.
Spray another large nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat over medium heat.  Add the patties and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through.  I cooked mine on the stovetop for about 12 minutes and they were nicely browned but not cooked through yet, so I put the pan in the oven for 3 minutes on 400.
Lay provolone slices on the burgers and cook, covered, just until melted.
Place each burger on a bun, and add some of the pepper mixture.
We had baked potato wedges with ours.

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