By Ina Digrazia / Sage Mountain Grill
Photos by Brandy Taylor

One of the best things about football doesn’t take place on the field. Whether it’s Boise State or your local high school team, hours before kickoff the sweet smells emanating from Dutch ovens and barbeque grills tease your nostrils. Tailgating is just as much a part of football as pulling guards and screen passes. Serve up these football favorites and your tailgating “teammates” will hoist you on their shoulders and begin chanting, M-V-P!

Italian Sausage Sandwich

Recipe / Ingredients

4 green bell peppers
4 red bell peppers
1 large yellow onion
½ cup virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
10 Italian sausage links
10 fresh hoagie rolls

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add peppers, onions, garlic and seasonings. Sautee the mixture until the onions are transparent and peppers are soft (approx. 20 minutes). In the meantime, grill the sausage links until browned and thoroughly cooked. Slice roll lengthwise, add sausage and top with pepper and onion mixture. Serve immediately.

Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Sandwich

Recipe / Ingredients

1 2/3-pound jar of fresh sauerkraut
3 tablespoons caraway seeds
10 bratwurst link sausages
10 fresh hoagie rolls
Mustard (your favorite flavor)

In a large saucepan, heat a large jar of fresh sauerkraut and the caraway seeds over low heat until heated through. Grill bratwurst until browned and thoroughly cooked. Slice roll lengthwise, add bratwurst and top with sauerkraut. Add mustard. Serve immediately.