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Sausage and Peppers in Tomato Sauce

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This traditional Greek recipe with spicy sausages and peppers is a great meze or tapas and is ready in under an hour. Serve it with some tangy feta cheese or with some bread to dip in that rich tomato sauce.
Sausage and Peppers in Tomato Sauce

Spetzofai is a traditional Greek dish made with spicy country sausages and sweet peppers in a rich tomato sauce. Its name is a combination of the Italian word Spezzatino which is a stew with meat cut into small pieces and the greek word fai which means food. You can find many variations of Spetsofai in different regions in Greece, with sausages made out of pork, beef or sheep and with different types of peppers and sometimes with aubergines. This recipe is ready in less than an hour, is very easy to make and is so so delicious!

Why this recipe works

  • Simple ingredients that you can easily find wherever you live
  • Preparation time takes less than 10 minutes
  • You only need one pot to cook everything and a wooden board for cutting your veggies and sausages
  • It only takes 40 minutes to cook
  • You can make it as spicy as you like by adjusting the chilli flakes
  • Freezable, just warm it up in a pan or microwave after defrosting

Ingredients and how-to

Ingredients for greek sausage and peppers

The key ingredients for the greek spetzofai are sausages, peppers, tomatoes and chilli flakes. The traditional recipe requires a spicy country sausage made of pork. The mediterranean country sausages are made usually with pork meat, have loads of seasoning, spices and often red pepper in them. You can find them in many grocery stores or deli shops as spicy country sausages or smoky chorizo sausages (not the cured ones). For this sausage & peppers recipe, I just use 5-6 medium size sausages and cut them into slices around 1’‘/2cm thick.

How to cut sausages for spetzofai

The traditional recipe has long bull-horn green peppers but since I can’t find any of those in England, I’ve adjusted the recipe and I’m using a mix of sweet mini peppers and 3 bell peppers, green, red and yellow. For the sweet mini peppers, I just cut them into round slices and remove the seeds. Since the bell peppers are a bit bigger, I cut each one at four lengthwise and then into big squares.

Cutting mini peppers in slices Cutting bell peppers in squares

I do all the cooking in one wide pot, the less cleaning the better! I first add the sausages with a little bit of oil and let them sauté for 5 minutes. If the sausages release lots of fat consider draining off a couple of spoons before continuing with the recipe. I then add the chopped onion with the sausages and sauté for 5 more minutes.

Saute sausages for greek spetzofai Cook onions and sausages before adding the other veggies

For the next step, I add the mix of chopped peppers, garlic and some red wine. I leave it for 3-4 minutes until the alcohol has evaporated. Finally, I add the chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and half a cup of water and let it cook for 30-40 minutes until the sauce is thick and peppers are cooked. I only add half a teaspoon of chilli flakes but you can adjust it to your liking, just remember that the sausages might be already a bit hot too.

Add peppers to sausage and onions Add chopped tomatoes to the pot

Serving Suggestions

You can have these Greek sausages and peppers in tomato sauce as a main dish or appetizer with a nice slice of bread to dip in that thick and tasty tomato sauce or with some feta cheese at the side. If you are serving little ones, you can cut the sausages at four lengthwise and then into two or three pieces as the round shape can be a choking hazard.

Storage

You can store any leftover spetzofai in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. It can also go in the freezer for a couple of months. Just defrost it and warm it up in a pot or microwave for a few minutes before serving.

Side picture of served spetzofai in a beige bowl

FAQ

  • What type of sausage can I use for spetzofai? I recommend a spicy country style sausage made of pork with medium seasoning. In Greece, we call them country sausages and you can find them in deli shops or some grocery stores. You could also use a spanish chorizo style sausage, not the fermented one, or italian sausage with mild seasoning.

  • Is Spetzofai too hot? You can make Spetzofai as hot spicy as you like by picking a sausage of your liking and adding more or fewer chilli flakes. If you like your food to be too hot, you could also add a chilli pepper in.

  • Is greek sausage and peppers suitable for a baby? You could give sausage and peppers to babies over 12 months but only as a special treat as sausages are high in sodium and nitrates. If you do decide to give this to your little one as a special treat, I recommend cutting the sausages in long pieces rather than circles.

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Sausage and Peppers in Tomato Sauce

Spetzofai is a traditional Greek dish with spicy country sausages and sweet peppers cooked in a rich, thick tomato sauce. It's really easy to prepare and ready in less than an hour! You can have it as a meze or main dish with some nice crispy bread to dip in that rich sauce or some feta cheese on the side.
Category: Meat Difficulty: Easy
Servings

4 servings

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

Ingredients

  • 5-6 medium size spicy country style sausages (350gr)
  • 6-7 sweet mini peppers
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes (400gr)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the sausages in slices around 1''/2cm thick.
  • Cut the mini sweet peppers in slices around 1''/2cm thick and remove any seeds and the stem.
  • Cut the bell peppers into four lengthwise and remove the seeds and stem. Cut each piece then into 2-3 squares.
  • Chop the onion and the garlic and set them aside for later on.
  • Add some olive oil to a wide pot, around 4 tablespoons, and heat up over medium to high heat.
  • Add the chopped sausages and sauté for 5 minutes, turning around with a wooden spoon halfway to cook on both sides. If the sausages release too much fat, remove some with a spoon.
  • Add the chopped onion to the sausages and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped garlic mix of peppers and wine and cook for 3-4 minutes until the alcohol has evaporated.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and half a cup of water.
  • Give it a good stir and lower heat to medium low. Cover and let it cook for 30-40 minutes until the peppers are nice and soft.

Notes

Add more or fewer chilli flakes to adjust how hot spicy you like the sausages and peppers recipe. With half a teaspoon, you will get a mild dish. Use any spicy country sausage of your liking. Here, I'm using 6 medium sized sausages with mild seasoning.

Storage

You can store any leftover spetzofai in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. They also freeze well after being cooked, consume within 2 months.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Fiber: 4g | Sodium: 1466mg | Potassium: 355mg | Sugar: 6g

I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition information has been calculated using an on-line calculator, and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.

This recipe is: dairy free, nut free, gluten free, egg free, greek savoury
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