Sausage and Peppers Cast Iron Recipe

A tasty cast iron recipe featuring sausage and peppers! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Who else loves their cast iron? I grew up with a mom who used it all the time, so when Isaac and I got married and he brought his amazing 12 inch skillet with him, I was thrilled. There’s just something special about cast irons. They add a little extra flavor to the food, they work perfectly on the stove and in the oven. And, my favorite part, they evenly distribute heat across the entire surface of the pan. So it’s obviously no surprise that I use my cast iron skillets for almost every meal! 

Before getting to the recipe, though, I want to take a quick second to talk about how to care for your cast iron. If you have one (or have been thinking about getting one), then you are probably aware of the fact that they are different from any other type of skillet out there! After years of using them, here are some tips I’ve found that will help ensure the longevity, flavor and effectiveness of your cast iron.

A tasty cast iron recipe featuring sausage and peppers! | read more at happilythehicks.com

How to Care for Your Cast Iron

1. NEVER use soap to clean it! The soap strips off the seasoning on the skillet that you work so hard to get. 
2. Use a cast iron chainmail scrubber to clean it with warm water. You can dry the cast iron by heating it on a burner until most of the water is evaporated, then take it off the heat and allow it to cool completely before putting it up. 
3. Rub oil on the cooled cast iron to help maintain the seasoning and avoid rusting. I use a paper towel to spread the oil around! 
4. Season your cast iron by oiling it up and sticking it in the oven at 350 upside down until the oil isn’t sticky anymore (around 30 minutes). 
5. Try to avoid making sauces in your cast iron. While they are delicious, it strips the skillet of it’s seasoning. 

My favorite cast iron skillets are this one (12 inches) and this one (10 inches and enameled- sooo pretty!). 

A tasty cast iron recipe featuring sausage and peppers! | read more at happilythehicks.com

When making this recipe, naturally I reached for my 12 inch cast iron skillet and got to work! Some friends of ours had given us a huge bag of veggies from their backyard garden, and I had just visited the Dallas Farmers Market, so I was excited to use all the fresh produce I could in this meal. Isaac asked for a sausage and peppers recipe, so I did my own little spin on a tried and true classic, and I’m so happy I did! The result was a delicious and fresh meal that filled us up and *best of all* is Whole 30 and Paleo approved! It just doesn’t get much better than that. 

I went for an Italian flavor in this meal, and it turned out amazing. I think it would also work well with Cajun seasoning, or maybe even some taco and Mexican inspired flavors. I love how versatile it is! 

Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 sausage links (pre cooked)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers (I used orange and green), sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup okra, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice the peppers and add to the pan with the garlic. Cook until it begins to soften, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped okra, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken broth to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika and onion powder.
  4. Simmer on medium low heat until the broth has thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, slice the precooked sausage into bite sized pieces.
  6. Add the sausage to the pan and simmer until the sausage is heated thoroughly.
  7. Enjoy immediately!
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  1. Leslie Morrison

    July 26th, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Yum! I’ve been cleaning my cast iron with soap. I didn’t know I was doing it wrong :/ Thanks for the tips!

  2. gina ashbrook

    July 26th, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I can’t tell you how perfect this is! I have peppers and mushrooms that are about to go bad. Looks like you set me up with dinner tonight! Thanks!!

  3. Samantha O'Brian Summers

    July 26th, 2017 at 8:34 am

    That dish looks amazing! I also found out I need a chain mail scrubber for my cast iron. Surprisingly, I’ve never heard of such a thing.

  4. Corey Wheeland

    July 26th, 2017 at 10:07 am

    This looks amazing! I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet :)

  5. Sam Temsah-Deniskin

    July 26th, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Omg, this looks so good! It’s like I can already smell it! Yum!

  6. Felicia @ The Starving Chef

    July 26th, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Love the simple dishes – and I especially love any excuse to use my cast iron :D

  7. Amanda Kanashiro

    July 27th, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Woah be it to anyone who touches my cast iron skillet. I have some that were my great grandmother’s, and I love them!

  8. Krissie Aguilar

    July 27th, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Yum! This looks like a great easy weeknight dinner! Oh and I love my cast iron skillet!

  9. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    July 27th, 2017 at 11:58 am

    i love cast iron as well…its been so helpful in making granola, frittata and roasted chicken.

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