I’ve thought a lot about why I like to cook.
There’s not just one reason, of course, but there is something that I keep coming back to: I like to cook because it makes other people happy.
I like watching the reactions of my dinner companions as they take a bite, smile, mumble something complimentary, or simply nod and continue eating.
Sometimes, full mouths suspended in silence is the highest praise.
It’s not as altruistic as it sounds— cooking for others makes me feel good about myself, too. Sure, it’s hard work for someone else’s benefit, but it fills my heart as much as anyone’s stomach.
And so, I set out to develop an exceptional sausage and peppers recipe.
There’s no better way to make friends than serving smoky, flavorful, juicy meat in a convenient hot dog shape for dinner.
Tucked into a soft bun and loaded with vinegary, jammy peppers, onions, and a touch of sun-dried tomatoes for unexpected, fully-loaded flavor, grilled sausage and peppers is crowd-friendly food at it’s finest.
People come ready to eat, and I arrive happy to feed them.
What to serve with grilled Italian sausage
My favorite side dish to go with sausage and peppers is a simple watermelon salad with feta, mint, a touch of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. The cooling sweetness of the watermelon complements the fiery flavor of the sausages, while the creamy feta and fragrant mint offer texture and flavor that would otherwise not exist in this recipe. If that sweet-savory salad is not your idea of delicious, here are a few more side dish options: