Sausage Sandwich With Onions Peppers & Fennel

I can’t believe I am saying this, but this is the 200th recipe I have posted on The Petite Beet! It feels like just the other day that I decided to start my little blog. Thanks to everyone who has followed me on my cooking journey the past 4 years! If I had known this was my 200th recipe, I would have posted something a little more exciting than a sandwich, but after noticing the mass amounts of peppers and onions I have been hoarding the past two weeks, I decided I needed to do something about it – and what better way to solve that problem then to stuff them all into a roll the same size of my entire body, right?

Also, a big thank you to Nextdoorganics, the wonderful CSA here in NYC where I have been getting my weekly produce from each week. At least 150 of these recipes have been made using their items. You guys are the best!!

Ingredients: (serves 2, or 1 very hungry person)
2 sausages (I used some cheddar pork Bratwurst from Whole Foods)
1 large white onion, cut into slices
1 large green bell pepper, cut into slices
1 large red bell pepper, cut into slices
1 medium fennel bulb, but into slices
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Provolone cheese slices
1 large Italian sandwich roll

Start by cooking up the sausage in a large pan, turning until all sides start to brown. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute the onion and fennel in olive oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the peppers, salt and pepper to taste, then continue to cook for about 10 minutes, or until all the veggies are nice and cooked down. Add the sausages back to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.

Cut the roll in half length-wise, but not all the way through. Sometimes I like to hollow out a little of the bread to make more room for the actual filling. Fill with the sausage and pepper mixture and top with provolone cheese. Place under the broiler for about 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Keep an eye on it though as you don’t want it to burn. Plate and inhale entire sandwich.

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Caramelized Onion & Cauliflower Quiche

I always forget how incredibly easy it is to make a quiche! Plus it’s a great way to use up any leftover veggies and cheeses you have around. So, when on Saturday night I remembered that I had a frozen pie crust from Whole Foods, and a excess amount of eggs, I knew that quiche was my dinner destiny. (I just re-read that sentence and am now realizing I might not be the coolest 29 year old out there haha) Anyway! I’ve never put cauliflower in quiche before but I actually liked it a lot! I think a creamy goat cheese would be great with this as well if you want to swap the Parmesan cheese for something else…

Ingredients:
1 pie crust, frozen or homemade
1 small cauliflower head, chopped and steamed (about 1 cup)
1 large garlic clove, roasted
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
5-6 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup half & half, or cream
Good pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and cook the pie crust for about 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden. If you have them, you’ll want to use pie weights so that it doesn’t puff up. Or if you’re like me and keep meaning to buy pie weights but always forget to, then you can just prick holes in the bottom of the pie to let the heat escape, and simply push down any dough that puffs up. In the meantime, also roast the garlic in the oven. I just wrap mine in some aluminum foil and place it in there for about 15-20 mins. While those are cooking, saute the red onion with some olive oil until soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes toward the end. In a large bowl beat the eggs and add the cream, salt and pepper.

Spread the caramelized onions and chunks of roasted garlic on the bottom of the pie shell, next add the cauliflower, then the Parmesan cheese. Lastly, pour over the eggs. Bake for 25-30 mins or until the eggs are set and the crust is golden brown.

Sweet Potato, Chorizo, & Caramelized Onion Empanadas

I first have to start this post with the introduction of my NEW cutting board that my fathers amazing girlfriend (whom we call “prinnie”) personally made me. I was completely blown away when it came in the mail, and couldn’t believe she made it by hand. I had been complaining that I couldn’t find the right cutting board anywhere, so her solution was to just make one! Pretty inspiring- you really can learn to make anything if you put a little time and love into it. THANK YOU Prinnie!! She is now selling them on her new website for others to enjoy as well!

Ingredients:
1 box pie dough (or homemade if you have time!)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup manchego cheese, shredded
Smoked paprika for topping
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the sweet potato in some olive oil and roast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 30 minutes or until fully cooked. Once it’s done, mash it in a bowl with the butter, cumin, cinnamon, and salt and pepper. While the potato is cooking, get the rest of the fillings ready to go. Add a tiny bit of olive oil to a pan and brown the chorizo, then set it aside in a bowl with a paper towel to drain the fat. In the same pan, cook the onions in the leftover sausage drippings until golden brown and caramelized. Toss in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute or two.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out so it is 1/4 of an inch thick, then cut 5 to 6-inch round circles (I simply used a bowl to make my circles) Place a tablespoon of sweet potatoes on one half of the circles, then add a scoop of chorizo, followed by some caramelized onions, and pinch of cheese. Don’t fill them too much that they are hard to close! Brush edges with a little egg wash and fold the dough over, pressing the edges down with a fork. Cut a little sliver into the top of each pie, this will help them vent while cooking. Brush the tops of the empanadas with some egg wash and sprinkle with a small pinch of smoked paprika. Bake until crust is golden, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!