August 26, 2020

Employee Spotlight

What's in Your Cabinet? August 2020

After 40 years of crafting kitchens for American families and as one of the country’s largest cabinet manufacturers, we feel a special connection to our customers through the heart of their homes. With the help of our soon-to-be released American Woodmark Employee Cookbook, we’re sharing our family’s recipes with your family.

Last month in our What’s in Your Cabinet series we brought you the Sweet and Sour baked beans and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. Now we are bringing you a family-recipe summer staple Sausage and Peppers.

Lisa Bishop, Materials Manager at our Lincolnton, North Carolina Plant, is sharing her husband’s favorite meal.

“My husband, Dave, is from Upstate NY and he mentioned how much he missed the sausage and peppers his mom used to make.  I asked him to describe it and I began experimenting with different flavors, until one day I nailed it! ,” said Bishop. “I make this recipe about once a month and most definitely for Dave’s birthday. I enjoy listening to him relive his memories and knowing that I rekindled that spark.”

Sausage and Peppers

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 pound sweet Italian sausage

2 red bell peppers, sliced

2 yellow onions, sliced

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp dried oregano

½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbs tomato paste

1 cup Marsala wine

1 15 oz can diced tomatoes

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown on both sides (about 7 – 10 mins). Remove from the pan and drain. Keeping the pan over medium heat, add the peppers, onions, salt and pepper and cook until golden brown (about 5 mins). Add the oregano, basil, and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir. Add the Marsala wine, tomatoes, and chili flakes. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release all the brown bits. Bring to a simmer. Cut the sausages into 4-6 pieces each, about one-inch cubes. Add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes. Serve in bowls, over pasta, or as a sandwich in Italian rolls.