Spetzofai (Greek Sausage and Peppers)

March 4, 2012 · 13 comments

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For once, I’m bringing you a dish with lots of peppers, NONE of which are poblano or jalapeno. After the last several weeks, where my blog stats indicated that the vast majority of people landed here by searching for something related to the word “poblano,” I felt like I better post a Greek recipe soon, so I don’t lose my Greek cred. ;)

Spetzofai is a very simple, rustic Greek dish of Greek sausage (loukaniko), peppers, and tomatoes.  Greek loukaniko is preferred for this recipe, but if you can’t find it, any sausage you want to use will be just fine. Loukaniko is usually flavored with orange zest (among many other herbs and spices) and my favorite type is a spicier version, one that we often just sliced into coins and fried up as appetizers before family dinners. (Yum.)

You can vary the heat level based on your own tastes, be in through the use of different peppers, using a spicier sausage, or even just something like crushed red pepper flakes. But no matter what, I always recommend a hunk of crusty bread for sopping up the sauce and some Greek cheese, of course.

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Amy March 5, 2012 at 4:38 am

This made me hungry just reading it. I’ve only discovered your blog today and I love it. I seemingly have several years of archives to go through…


Joanne March 5, 2012 at 5:35 am

I went out on a date with a Greek boy this weekend and I totally felt confident talking about Greek food because of YOU. I kept thinking “elly would be so proud!”. :P

Given how much us Italians love sausage and peppers also, it’s really interesting to see this variation! Sounds delicious.


fruitandcake March 5, 2012 at 9:10 am

It’s amazing, it could be me cooking this recipe. I make it exactly like this. How did you know??? May I repost your lovely recipe into my own site, please?


elly March 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

I bet most recipes are pretty close! :) You can put it on your site, so long as you link the post back to mine. Thanks.


Kelsey March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Oh man, this looks so good. I could definitely be in a dinner like this!


Peter March 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Elly, one of my fave Greek dishes…love a good Spetsofai!


Anna March 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I am totally making this as soon as fasting is over. I am mad I didn’t make it before as it’s the perfect winter dish. Good thing it stays cold in PDX for awhile.


vlora March 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

hi elly,
when do you put the cooked sausage back into the dutch oven? i am making this tomorrow. yummy
also, for a challenged cook, do you have a recipe to make cheese pies using crescent triangles? a friend of mine used to make them using that but i don’t have the recipe. thanks


elly March 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hi Vlora. You add the sausage back in when you put in the tomatoes, etc. I added it into the directions – thanks for catching my oversight. I have a recipe for cheese pies using phyllo. You can find it here: http://ellysaysopa.com/2010/11/15/tyropites-greek-cheese-pies/ I’ve never tried it with crescent dough, but you could try. I have made them with puff pastry and they are really easy and good that way.


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Comforting, flavoursome and one of my favourite Greek meals…loukaniko is just the best!


b*schus March 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Looks great! Where in Chicago do you get your Greek sausage? Does Paulina Meat Market have it?


elly March 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I’m not sure if Paulina has it or not (I don’t remember them having it when I lived nearby but I’ve since moved, so maybe?) They do have it in Greektown (can’t remember the name of the store but there’s really only one food store), Lincoln Quality Meat Market in Lincoln Square and at HarvesTime on Lawrence. This time I used the one from LQMM which was good, but I wanted it to have more heat.


Platanos, Mangoes and Me! March 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

I am addicted to the Greek sausage with the orange peels in it. Greta dish as usual!


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