Stuffed Banana Peppers with Hot Sausage are juicy and tender with the perfect kick of spice. I always make huge batch and freeze to enjoy all winter long!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword: banana peppers, sausage, spicy
Author: Dom Geracia
1lbspicy Italian sausageground
salt and pepperto taste
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Start by preparing your peppers. While wearing disposable gloves, cut tops of the peppers and remove any large pieces of the Inside rib. There will be small bunches of seeds inside. If you like a lot of heat, leave them. If you prefer a more mild pepper, remove the seeds.
Divide the ground sausage into 8 separate, equal portions and stuff one portion into each pepper. It's okay if the sausage is exposed and doesn't completely fill the contents of the pepper.
In a baking dish, take half of the tomato sauce and spread it along the bottom of the baking dish. Add the water and mix it together with a spoon or whisk.
In a single layer, lay each pepper in the sauce in the dish.
Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers.
Cover the baking dish with foil and pop it into the pre-heated oven for roughly 40 minutes.
At 40 minutes, remove the baking dish from the oven and carefully remove the foil. There will be hot steam released. If a knife easily pierces the pepper, they're ready for the next step.
Top each pepper with mozzarella cheese.
Turn the oven to broil and put the peppers back in the oven, uncovered.
Broil until the cheese is golden brown and remove from the oven.
Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!