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Spetzofai – Braised Sausage and Peppers
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Spetzofai – Braised Sausage and Peppers

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek Recipes
Servings: 8
Author: Sonia Skounaki for Primal Mediterranean Gourmet


  • 4 organic peppers banana peppers
  • 1 lb sausage greek horiatiko or italian, preferably organic
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 tbsp organic tomato paste
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste


  • Cut the peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribs.
  • Slice the pepper halves into 1 inch strips, and then in half across.
  • Slice the sausages into ⅓ inch rounds.
  • In a large heavy skillet,heat the olive oil.
  • Sauté the peppers for 5 - 10 minutes in medium high heat.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peppers to a plate.
  • In the same oil, add the onion and cook in medium high until translucent (about 7 minutes).
  • Transfer the onion to the plate with the peppers.
  • Add the sausage to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes (until browned) stirring occasionally.
  • Return the peppers and onions to the skillet, increase the heat to high add the wine stir to deglaze the skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes until the wine is evaporated.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, bring to boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.