If you like spicy food, spetsofai (σπετζοφάϊ) is for you. The stew is a traditional dish from the eastern coast of Greece.
It is one of the simplest meals to put together. I made the stew with grain sausages infused with roasted peppers, garlic, sweet onions, and oregano. Be sure to serve spetsofai with crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. The stew is also wonderful over couscous or rice.
Spetsofai – Spicy Greek Stew
Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes
4 links of your favorite spicy sausage with casings removed
(I used Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Grain Sausage)*
Extra virgin olive oil
14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes
1 green or yellow bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
Freshly chopped thyme
1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Slice the sausage links into bite-sized portions and cook until both sides are browned. Remove the sausage from the pot.
2. Next, sauté the onions and bell peppers until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the diced tomatoes along with two cans of water to the pot. Stir in the cooked sausage, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to taste.
3. Coat a medium sized casserole dish with a thin layer of olive oil. Add the stew to the dish. Cover with foil and bake at 375 F for 40 minutes. Serve with freshly chopped parsley and thyme along with your favorite rustic bread.
*If you prefer a less spicy version, use Italian sausage.