Spetsofai: Traditional stew with sausages and peppers from Volos
Years ago when I was still in Greece, I decided to go for some day’s holidays in a city of Greece called Volos. I took my small 125cc motorcycle and after a long tiring trip, I managed to reach my destination and my friend that was waiting for me there.
Later on we decided to do a small trip to the mountain of Pelion that is close. If you ever go to Greece you should see Pelion as that’s one beautiful mountain to visit either summertime or winter.
The place is absolutely magnificent with green mountains everywhere. Well, I still hope there are green mountains and they didn’t burn them…
As you are going up in the mountain you end up in Makrinitsa where there is a beautiful square over there. In Makrinitsa square
you can sit and sit the view from there of Volos and all of Thesalia
(the part of Greece where Volos is).
There we sat down with my friend and had the most typical food in Volos, Spetsofai, a stew of country sausage, green
mild peppers, onions and wine. One of the best things that you can eat and one that is essential I would say for the winter. Together with red wine…and believe me you will love it..
So, couple of days ago I decided to try my luck on this one. This is what happened:
- 4-5 big country pork sausages.
- 1 big onion chopped
- 2 peppers, one green and one red, chopped in long slices
- 2 slices of garlic chopped
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes juice
- 1 fresh tomato
- 1 glass of Red Wine
- Salt pepper and mint
- 2 teaspoons of Olive oil
We slice the peppers in length. In a pot we put a little bit of Olive oil and we heat it up. Throw in the chopped garlic, onions, and peppers. We fry them a little bit for 5-10 minutes in high heat and then we remove them from the pan placing them in a bowl. Just be careful not to burn them.
In the same pan we put the sausages that we have already cut them in large pieces. If you need add a little bit more olive oil. Fry them for 5-10 more minutes always being careful not to over burn them. When the sausages are done throw back in the onions, garlic and peppers that we already fried and we stir really fast so they can mix.
When we realize that the peppers are a little bit soft now, we add in the glass of red wine and lower the heat. Let the win mix up with the ingredients and stir softly.Throw the chopped tomato juice inside and stir to go all over your food.
If you need add a little bit of water to the pan and continue to boil.The main point is to continue cooking it until the food dries up a little bit from the water and leaves the juices of the tomato and of the peppers, leaving your sauce nice and thick.
If you like you can trim some Greek Feta cheese and add it on top as it mixes up great