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Italian Heritage Casserole

 Italian Heritage Casserole
Every bite of this hearty one-dish meal brings back memories of my grandmother's Italian kitchen. To this day, I can picture Grandma slicing fresh sausage, dicing crispy peppers and adding "just a pinch" of oregano. I stir up those memories often— this casserole's a favorite for family gatherings, church suppers and post-practice community choir socials.
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 6 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 red pepper, cut in lengthwise strips
  • 1 green pepper, cut in lengthwise strips
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 frying chicken (3 pounds), skinned and cut in pieces or 6 chicken breast halves, cut in chunks
  • 1 pound sweet or mild Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links, cut in 1-inch to 2-inch chunks

Directions

  • Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with vegetable cooking oil;
  • arrange potatoes and peppers in the dish. Combine the seasoning;
  • sprinkle a third of the seasoning mixture over vegetables.
  • Layer chicken pieces and sausage over vegetables; sprinkle remaining
  • seasoning mixture on top. Cover and bake at 425° for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 375°; bake 30-40 minutes longer. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 419 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 619 mg sodium,

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Italian Heritage Casserole (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 35 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.