The Best Sausage, Peppers and Rice Medley
This is one of my all time favorite comfort foods.. Sausage, Peppers and Rice Medley. I just love to prepare casseroles that can be assembled quickly and put away in either the fridge to be warmed later for dinner or in a crock pot to simmer for the day. While I try to have dinner planned out and usually started before lunch, this is one of my go to meals when life gets in the way.
2 large onions – sliced
3 or 4 bell peppers – colors of your choice – sliced
3 or 4 stalks of celery – chopped
1 box or can of mushrooms (sliced if fresh)
2 link smoked sausage (if precooked, just slice and toss in dish, otherwise cook until done before assembling the dish)
2 cups cooked rice
Optional add in items: Carrots, Snow Peas, Green Onions, Red Pepper Flakes – just about anything you have in the pantry~! Makes a great left over dish to clean out the fridge.
In a large skillet, melt a couple of tablespoons of butter with about 2 tablespoons of oil. When hot – toss in onions and celery cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until soft.
Add the sliced sausage* and cook on medium high until sausage browns nicely. Lower heat to simmer and add the sliced peppers and mushrooms. I only cook the peppers while I prepare the rice in a casserole dish because I like them to still be crispy. If you like the peppers soft, add them with the onions and celery.
Combine the rice and veggie – sausage mixture together in a casserole dish. Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste. It is ready to eat now….. however if making for later or following day, I layer the rice on the bottom of the casserole dish and pour the sausage - veggie mixture over the top but do not mix until ready to warm. You may find that you need to add about half a cup of water before heating in the oven.
Warm in oven @ 350 until hot and bubbly, or warm by the plateful in the microwave.
Serves 6-8 as main dish, 12 as side on buffet line.
* I cooked my sausage separately because I was making a double batch – one with onions and one without (oh the things we do as moms!)
To prepare in a crock pot, combine all items and cook on low for 8 hours. Remember to double the water to rice used.
This dish received a thumbs up and was named The Best Sausage, Peppers and Rice Medley by my crew!