- Posted August 4, 2014 by
Glen Cove, New York
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Sausage and Peppers like Nonna used to make!
The St. Rocco's Feast is known for it's historic Sausage and Peppers. But don't be fooled these Nonna's are not giving away their omerta'-It's an Italian oath that goes way back and even precedes Brooklyn..
The grandma's start cooking in May, then freeze. The feast starts around July 28 of the year. They pack in around 3,000 lbs. of specialty sausages, lower in fat than usual, and get crispy peppers and just the right onions and other seasonings. The grandmothers wont budge, everything is covered and you dare not peak in the vats.
Now, I tried the sausage and peppers of course as I do every year and skeptic that I am, I'm continually surprised. "Hmm.. better than I thought, just right. What do they do to get it this way?" That's what people usually ask, even though it's a simple sausage and pepper hero.
I can only guess but you'll never get it right. One secret I know is, they do not use red sauce or red peppers or onions, white onions and green peppers. so here's my best guess. (I'm half Italian.)
You get long and thick homemade Italian sausage, crispy large green peppers and smaller hot peppers, white onions, garlic cloves, oregano, garlic, olive oil.
You heat the oil in a large pan. Add the sausages and cook, turning until brown but definitely not burnt. DON'T overcook, maybe 10 mins. Add the onions, Don't overcook them either, saute' lightly. Then add peppers, same deal as onions, garlic to taste, oregano, salt and pepper. veggies, slightly tender but not overcooked. Then you serve this on a generous piece of thick and tasty fresh Italian bread. Don't let anything get soggy.
This is my best guess and I'm probably way off. But the Nonna's will never let us know the secret of their culinary masterpieces, which are a way of life. So go figure it out for yourself.
The feast is said to be the largest Italian feast in the east.
Tens of thousands come every year and the food line goes down 3rd. St. They also serve pasta dishes and pastries, and other foods.
The feast is also a carnival, they sell religious items, Italian flags, zeppoles. The festival's streets, like the church itself are designed in the shape of a cross.
August 4, 2014.
Photos by Linda Glovach.