In the kitchen with Sigona’s: Better-Than-Ballpark Italian-Style Sausage & Peppers
Sausages are fantastic for easy-to-eat hearty fare. They can be baked, roasted, or grilled ahead of time and kept warm or enjoyed at room temperature. Take a riff on an Italian classic and serve the sausages on a bed of sautéed sliced onions and bell peppers. — Carmelo & Jimmy Sigona
We suggest making up a batch of these during the World Series. GO GIANTS!
Sigona’s Fresh Press extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 large onion, diced
3-4 peppers, diced (for great color, choose 1-2 green peppers, 1 yellow, 1 red)
2 lb. Italian sausage (choose sweet or hot, or a mix)
**See suggested condiments below
Directions: You can certainly made these the day of the party or game, but you can also prepare the goods the day before to save time!
1.) Brown the sausage in olive oil.
2.) Add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Sauté till the onions & peppers are soft.
3.) Transfer to a glass baking dish, put it on the table or buffet and let your guests help themselves. **Serve with rolls and mustard or our Sigona’s Red Pepper Relish. Let guests get creative with their sandwiches.
If preparing ahead of time, cover the sausage mix and refrigerate. About a half-hour before your friends arrive, place the dish in a preheated 350º oven. Bake until heated through. Then you can put it on the table or buffet next to the buns, and let your guests help themselves.
Cook’s notes:This dish is just as good fresh out of the oven as it will be later on in the game.
Carmelo Sigona emigrated in 1912 from Sicily, bringing with him the tradition of making his own wine. His grandson and namesake, Carmelo Sigona, co-owner of Sigona's Farmers Market, has fond memories of his grandfather making wine and serving it at family meals on Sundays. After years of wanting to make his own wine just like Grandpa Sigona, present-day Carmelo has finally made his dreams come true. Tune in for more.
Nothing is more rewarding to Rob Sigona, our passionate produce buyer, than taking a road trip to visit one of Sigona's favorite farmers.
About a five hour drive from the Bay Area, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is the town of Springville. There you will find a place seemingly untouched by time; a place called home to orange grower Ron Matik of Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
Since 1984 Ron has grown some of the best heirloom navel oranges in the state, if not the world: the heirloom Washington Navel.
"I have yet to taste an orange that is better than ours,” says Matik. “Maybe some with the same sweetness, but never better.”
And Sigona's agrees!
Heirloom Washington Navels are the variety that got the whole California citrus market booming all those years ago. It takes special attention from the farmer to tend to the soil and the variety to produce such outstanding fruit.
"Small farmers, such as Ron, are a dwindling breed,” says Rob Sigona. “They’re passionate caretakers of the the land that produce exceptional quality; they are the rare gems."
It is an achievement to find such great tasting oranges to bring in for our customers. We are excited to announce we’ll get a load of specially picked and packed heirloom Washington Navels in our store this week, delivered directly from Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
So, come on by Sigona's to enjoy a slice of California’s prized history…for FREE! You can get a bag of free Pleasant Oaks Ranch oranges starting today through March 5th with your coupon when you spend $30 or more in the store.
A Tale of Two Carmelos and their love of Zinfandel