Sausages with Grilled-Pepper & Mustard Relish

Sweet Italian sausages are especially good with the tangy vinaigrette here. Chef Vitaly Paley likes Nicky USA’s Russian-style wild boar sausage with caraway seeds. Slideshow: Where to Buy Sausage 

Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 medium red onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 red bell peppers

  • 2 poblano chiles

  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped thyme

  • 6 sweet Italian sausages (1 pound)


  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the onion slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning once, until softened and lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

  2. Roast the bell peppers and poblano chiles on the grill or under a preheated broiler, turning, until charred all over. Let cool. Peel, seed and stem the peppers and chiles, then thinly slice them crosswise.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the peppers and chiles with the onion. Add the mustard, parsley, vinegar, sugar, thyme and the 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the relish with salt and pepper.

  4. Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Prick the sausages with a knife and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve with the mustard relish.

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