Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

The Superbowl is coming right up! Now that’s a big deal in the U.S. for those reading from far-flung lands and it’s an event. We always had a great football team in my hometown, but I’m just not the fan I used to be. I gotta admit, I’m fan of the food, though, and the Superbowl is an excuse to hang out either in front of the TV or in the kitchen. Since the New England Patriots are playing this year, I’m making the Classic Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders.


This does have an ad, but it is a compilation of the Budweiser Clydesdales.


Of course, even if football doesn’t do it for ya (wow – I said that out loud!) there are the commercials which are always amazing! My fave every year is the Budweiser Clydesdales. And there’s the halftime show that’s always out of bounds. And I’m not just about the Patriots, the Los Angeles Rams are playing, too. But since I’m a fan of anything Mexican and/or Southwestern, I’ve already got plenty of inspired food that you might find in the LA area on my post of Mexican Food For Cinco de Mayo or Anytime. Here’s the official NFL website if you want to check out the happenings. And just try not to spend the afternoon checking out the Clydesdales on youtube!

About Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders:

But enough goofing around, let’s talk food! Last year, I did a post (Minneapolis hosted that Superbowl) on Philly Cheesesteak Sliders since the competition was between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. This year, I decided to carry that theme forward and all I could think about making were these Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders. Admittedly, there were some wings I made earlier in the week, but even though they looked beautiful, still needed some tinkering so they won’t be out on my site b/4 the Superbowl.

I keep saying I’m all about easy this year, and there isn’t anything easier than fryin’ up a big ol’ mess of peppers and onions to serve with Italian sausage on a steamy, soft roll. I was inspired by The Sausage Guy, who got his start at Gillette Stadium, almost 30 years ago. And as far as I can tell, he’s tossing out these Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders old school. Just mild (or hot) Italian sausage links (although he makes his own sausage, and you can buy it!) peppers and onions. I love that – just letting the flavors shine for what they are! And they’re served with all the usual suspects, except there are Boston Baked Beans as a side, and I have just the recipe! Cheers Boston Baked Beans, Instant Pot or Not. And if these recipes don’t satisfy your New England dreams, check out my creamy, dreamy New England Clam Chowder.

Ya gotta love, too, that Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders is one of those recipes that you can make for game day with the fam or make in larger quantities for a party. Just multiply things out and transfer them to a slow cooker to keep warm for serving or toting to a party. Nestling those sausages into the peppers and onions won’t hurt either – au contraire! Those peppers and onions will pick up even more goodness from the mingling.

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Making Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders:

You’re going to want to use a large skillet to cook your peppers, onions, and sausage for Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders. What you’re looking for is juicy, tender onions and peppers with just a little char around the edges. They’re going to melt in your mouth and settle over those snappy Italian sausage links with a sigh. Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper, though. That’s what takes them from meh to sparking with flavor. I added just a touch of garlic powder, too, instead of fresh garlic, which could burn during the cooking.

The sausages can go right in the same pan; just give the veggies a good head start. Of course, if you are cooking for a crowd you’ll probably want to do all the sausages in one pan and the peppers and onions in another. I don’t know if The Sausage Guy starts from raw or partially cooked sausage, but if you’re making this you’re not going to want to stand forever over the stove. My method, though a little untraditional, cooks both the sausage and veggies beautifully with only occasional checking.

If your pan gets very built up with fond or dark on the bottom, when you’re finished add water and bring to a boil. Scrape with your spatula and the mess should lift off beautifully.

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Saving Money on Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders:

If there is ever a time to pick up Italian sausage on sale, the Superbowl is it! There will be sporadic sales later, especially in the summer but some things are just dirt cheap before the Superbowl and any kind of sausage, brats, etc. are going to be at a low. The Superbowl will bring about all kinds of party food at a low at prices you won’t see for months; see my Superbowl Savings for items to watch for.

In our neck of the woods, Italian sausage usually comes five to a package; it’s an odd amount. Heck, it’s weird enough that hot dogs aren’t in the same amount as hot dog buns, but the sausage thing? Even stranger. With the leftover buns, I usually make Breadcrumbs or make my Parmesan Toast, which is great on any bread and strangely enough, we like it best on hot dog or hamburger buns. They’re so soft in contrast to the nutty Parmesan topping.

Bell peppers can be pretty pricey. Luckily they’re often on sale around the Superbowl, although they still aren’t cheap, so shop around. The green bells are usually less than the red, orange or yellow. Since the peppers are still less expensive than the sausage, a way to really maximize the Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders is to make more sausage and onions, cut the sausages up into slices and toss a bit on the buns, rather than serving one sausage per person. I’ll have a great recipe for leftovers later in the week, too.

Leftover Sausages of just about any type can be kind of a bummer. They’re really a little sad. Transform them using this recipe for Orzo with Sausage & Peppers. It’s a remake that everyone will love!

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders


Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders – there’s that snappy Italian sausage, the soft roll and those meltingly sweet peppers & onions…perfect for game day!

  • Author: mollie
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 sandwiches 1x


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, vertically sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 5 Italian sausages, mild or hot
  • 5 hot dog rolls


Add oil to a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Saute the onions and peppers for a couple of minutes until they are barely softening on the edges. Add in a couple of tablespoons of water and put on a lid. Cook for several minutes, checking now and then and turning, adding a touch more water if needed to prevent burning. Once they’re softening and just starting to color, sprinkle them with the garlic powder, then push them to the edges of the pan.

Add two tablespoons water and place the sausages in the center of the pan. Lid and let them steam for a couple of minutes until the bottom of the sausages has browned. Remove the lid, scrape up any fond (dark bits on the bottom of the pan) turn the sausages over and continue to cook for several minutes with the lid off, tossing the vegetables as needed until the sausage is done all the way through. Add just a touch more water if the pan is in danger of burning. (A little trick is to rub the sausages across the bottom of the pan to pick up just a bit more color.).

When sausages are finished, remove from pan, turn up the heat and cook until peppers and onions are nearly dry and a bit darkened in places. Taste peppers and adjust seasonings on the peppers and onions. Serve on buns, sausage first or peppers first, your preference.

Keywords: Bell Peppers, Boston, complete skillet meal, Italian sausage, New England, Pork, Sandwiches, Sausage

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15 thoughts on “Boston Sausage Pepper Grinders

  1. Hey there, wise sage! 😀 I am not a huge fan of sports, but I am a huge fan of superbowl foods, lol. These look really amazing – how many of these can I finish in one sitting? There is only one way to find out – I am coming, Mollie. 😛

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Lol, Jhuls! And I’m trying to live down that wise sage, haha!! I fell asleep during the Superbowl, lol….too old!!

  2. Mmmm! Well, I have to admit that I have never heard of a Boston Sausage Pepper Grinder, but they do look mouth-watering! I like these because i could come home from work and make an amazingly tasty dinner really quickly! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Mollie. And by the way I am in awe of how many gorgeous recipes you can pump out in a week! You are such a powerhouse! 😀

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Well, some weeks almost everything I make turns out good, and others it’s dismal…And of course, I get too excited and post them when I should hold back for those bad weeks, but I have no restraint!! I’m recovering slowly from a number of injuries, so I’m focusing on simple food, easy to do and so glad to be getting back in the kitchen!

      Speaking of glad, I’m happy to see you “on board!”


  3. Yusssssss this is the perfect Superbowl food! I’m making mini Boston Creme Pies and also bringing Cape Cod potato chips to support my Patriots! …will very unfortunately be cheering alongside all of my Los Angeles friends, so I felt like I had to bring food as reinforcements for my New England-ism 🙂


  4. Ron

    Imagine a world with no Superbowl and no Superbowl parties. Could there be such a place? Why, yes it’s called Europe. I do miss the food you know. So tomorrow we’re having an American Superbowl free Superbowl party, full of great American junk food and perhaps a Mollie Boston Sausage grinder…

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