Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns

(This recipe serves 4. Pre time required = 20 minutes. Total cooking time = 6 hrs 20 mins)


1 can crushed tomatos 4 Large Red Bell Peppers
1 teaspoon of dried oregano 1 small onion
Salt & Pepper 1 small potato
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 1 c. fresh flat-leaf parsely
1lb Italian Sausage



Step 1: In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, combine the crushed tomatoes, oregano, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.

Step 2: If the peppers do not sit upright, slice a very thin piece off the bottom. Finely chop the piece and place in a large bowl. Add the onion, potato, parsley and crushed red pepper (if using) to the bowl and toss to combine. Add the sausage and mix to incorporate

Step 3: Using a paring knife at a slight angle, cut the tops off the peppers; discard the seeds. Spoon the sausage mixture (about 1 cup each) into the peppers.

Step 4: Arrange the peppers upright in the slow cooker and place the tops over the filling. Cook, covered, until the sausage is cooked through and the peppers are tender, 5 to 6 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high. Using two large spoons, transfer the peppers to plates, letting any excess liquid drain into the sauce. Stir the sauce and serve with the peppers.

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Recipe by Johnny Valiant/Women's Day.