Stuffed Hot Banana Peppers
12 hot (or sweet) banana peppers
1 lb hot (or mild) Italian sausage
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 ½ tsp fennel seeds
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, pureed
2 tsp basil goop (optional)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Cut off the end of the pepper (big end, not tip end).
Mix the sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, and fennel seeds together like you’re making meatloaf.
NOT TO HOT VARIATIONS
Wussy = sweet banana pepper + mild Italian sausage + no red pepper flakes in sauce
Have It Your Way = one or more of the above in a combination that won’t (or will) make you cry
Super Duper Hot = hot banana pepper + hot Italian sausage + red pepper flakes in sauce + throw in some hot sauce into the tomato sauce