Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: Save the slicing and dicing for the dinner table -- tonight, it's all about the sizzle.
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A trick for a quick meal is to save the slicing and dicing for the table: Cooking vegetables whole saves time by letting you cut straight to the sizzle. High-quality ingredients (even hothouse tomatoes) need little help to make their flavor shine -- and fresh sausages, which lend spices and depth to the recipe, rarely hurt.
This one-dish favorite is also incredibly versatile -- serve it with a hunk of bread for a casual dinner or spooned over wilted greens or al dente spaghetti; the juices from the smoky burst tomatoes will make an irresistable sauce. Pork sausages -- mild or hot -- are a perfect pairing for this dish, though your favorite fresh chicken or turkey sausage with similar seasoning and texture will swap in seamlessly.
10 ounces small sweet peppers 1 pound (about 10) medium tomatoes on the vine 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 links (about 1 pound) fresh mild Italian sausage
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.