Even though the Red Sox aren’t in the World Series this year, I wanted to make something festive for Game 1 this past Tuesday night. While I’ll always get (and enjoy!) a Fenway Frank at the ballpark, I was inspired to go just a bit beyond boiled dogs.
The market had super fresh sausages so I picked up three Hot Italian and three Sweet Italian. I actually didn’t season them at all because of their full flavor. Plus, you can keep things simple and easy this way.
Here’s how you can cook sausages, and this technique is great for kids to enjoy too!
- Slice the sausage into bit size pieces
- Brown on all sides in a cast iron skillet
- Transfer to a pot with equal parts water and chicken stock
- Simmer, covered, for a loooong time (one hour+)
I’ve found that this method allows the meat to get really tender (i.e. kid-friendly) without being mushy. Browning is key!
Next, slice the peppers and onions pretty thin so they cook evenly. Melt about a tablespoon of butter and cook the veggies over medium low heat.
While the veggies were softening up, I realized we should have something green which happened to be broccoli. I used to always just steam broccoli but lately I’ve been tossing it in olive oil and crushed garlic, then roasting it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees. I love when it gets a little brown and cripsy. And roasted garlic… need I say more?!
The last step for this World Series Game 1 dinner was just to toast up the buns, butter, and serve.
The peppers and onions came out perfectly (I think the trick is low and slow… let them take a while to cook over low heat), and sitting down to watch the game with this meal felt so fall and festive!
Sporting events give us a great excuse to bond and cheer over our favorite foods. Feel free to add in your go-to game day foods in the comments!