Today kicks off the Blue Tip festival in Wadsworth. If you are not from Wadsworth you may not be aware of this event; However, if you drive down Broad St. you will see the hundreds of spots reserved by the side of the road for the parade which begins at 6:00 tonight. I think the Butcher and I are going to venture down for the first part of the parade. We are really not “parade” people. It has been at least 20 years since we have attended any part of the parade.
One thing that we are a fan of and that is the festival food. Fries, fried zucchini,Funnel cakes, candy apples and Hot Sausage Sandwiches. Get your fill of the carnival food this week at the Blue Tip Festival. After this week when you have the craving for a Hot Sausage Sandwich make your own! It is really easy.
Hot Sausage Sandwiches
8 links of the sausage of your choice (Hot Italian, Mild Italian, Butcher’s Wife, Garlic)
2 onions cut in strips
3 peppers (green, yellow, red), cut in strips
Optional: jar of tomato sauce with onions and peppers
Put sausage links in a skillet over medium heat, add 3 Tablespoons of water to the pan to prevent sticking. Brown on all sides. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for an additional 35 minutes. As the sausage is cooking, preheat a large burner to medium. Put 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and allow to heat up, add the onions and peppers and brown as sausage is simmering. You may need to use 2 pans. After the sausage has cooked combine the sausage and peppers in a roaster pan and keep warm. If desired, you can put a jar of tomato sauce with onions and peppers in the roaster pan for a sauce on the sandwich. Serve with fresh hoagie buns.
Note: You can grill the sausage–cook the peppers and onions as the sausage is grilling.
Maybe we will see you at the parade tonight. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.