All you need is a single griddle and 20 minutes and you’ll be noshing on the most deliciously Easy Sausage and Peppers Sloppy Joe Sliders around! Perfect for parties, these little sandwiches pack a lot of flavor without a lot of effort, so whip up a batch for your next gathering, or for a great weeknight win!
Why Make a Sausage and Peppers Sandwich?
Traditionally a one-skillet meal, you already have that easy part in the bag. But with the Cuisinart 360° Griddle Cooking Center, we can cook this whole meal in even less time, with less cleanup!
Of course, the flavor of these sloppy joe sliders is what brings the crowd around, and with just a few staple ingredients, even the prep is simple.
What’s In These Sloppy Joe Sliders?
Staples! Easy ingredients found around the house, including:
- sweet yellow onion
- red bell peppers
- italian sausage
Though I suppose not everyone has fresh basil around, you could potentially use dried, but there is something about fresh basil that really makes a sausage and peppers sandwich pop.
How Do I Make This Sausage and Peppers Recipe?
This where I truly love the Cuisinart 360° Griddle Cooking Center and its 22″ cooking surface.
In a traditional skillet, you would need to cook the meat, then remove it from the pan and wipe out all the grease before cooking down the peppers and onions, because Italian sausage is very greasy and we don’t need that much fat.
But with the Griddle Cooking Center I can cook both the meat and the veggies at the same time, allowing the grease to run off into the oversized 360° grease pan so I can cut down cooking time and not sacrifice flavor or be stuck cooking in gobs of excess fat.
Start by cooking the meat and veggies separately over medium heat in one of the Griddle Cooking Center’s heat zones. Once cooked through, add the garlic, then combine everything and add marinara.
Toast the buns over low in the second heat zone (oh how I love the dual heat zones!), then pile each bun with a hearty scoop of the sausage and peppers mixture. Top each slider with basil, mozzarella, and parmesan, then cover with the lid and let the cheese melt for a few minutes before serving.
What kind of Italian sausage should I use?
- I prefer mild ground Italian sausage, but you can pump up the flavor with hot Italian Sausage, or mix up the texture by using links cut into rounds. I recommend cooking the veggies for a few minutes before adding the rounds to the griddle, because they will cook very quickly.
What kind of buns can I use?
- I used small steak-style buns because they are heartier and hold up better against the sloppiness of these sloppy joes. If you like getting messy, I love to use brioche sliders. Ciabatta buns are also a great option.
What can I serve with these sloppy joe sliders?
- I love whipping up my fave cucumber salad, or panzanella, or some zucchini fritters, which I can also make on the Cuisinart 360° Griddle Cooking Center!
Easy Sausage and Peppers Sloppy Joe Sliders
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 red bell peppers sliced thin
- 1 sweet yellow onion sliced thin
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 8 slider buns
- 1 ½ cups marinara
- ½ cup fresh basil roughly torn
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
- Preheat one side of the Cuisinart 360° Griddle Cooking Center to medium, and the other side to low.
- On half of the medium-heat side, add the Italian sausage and cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until no longer pink, around 5 minutes. At the same time, on the other half of the medium-heat side, add the olive oil followed by the peppers and onions. Cook until the peppers are soft and onions are browned, around 5 minutes. Add the garlic to the veggies and cook for an additional one minute.
- Spray the inside of each slider bun with cooking spray and lay on the low-heat side of the griddle to gently toast.
- Stir together the cooked Italian sausage and veggies, then add the marinara sauce and toss gently to combine. Cook until heated through, then scoop mixture onto each slider half and line the low-heat side with each sandwich. Sprinkle with torn basil, then add the mozzarella and parmesan and cover the griddle with the lid to allow the cheese to melt. Once melted, remove from griddle and serve!