Millie And Grace’s Napoli Sausage, Peppers And Onions


This is an adaptation of mom’s concoction, the difference being that I sometimes cut the sausages prior to baking, as in the past I prepared this recipe regularly for office holiday parties.  You can leave the sausages whole if you want to serve them in hot dog rolls (I do that these days for our home meal).  The backstory is when dad joined IBM in the 1960s he and mom would host a whiskey sour party for office mates at our Frederick home once a year.  Cocktail parties were popular then.  It was quite a crowded event due much in part, no doubt, to mom’s famous sausage appetizer (which really is a meal).  Folks flock to events with great food!  In the 1960s this was not a food you saw around the area (except, maybe, in Italian households).  These days I see a rendition of this meal at county and state fairs.  But there is nothing like my mom’s recipe.  Try it and let us know what you think!


  • 6 Sweet Italian Sausages, cut into thirds or quarters (if you wish to serve in hot dog rolls, leave whole and prick them when you place them in the pan prior to baking)
  • 2 Large Green Peppers, sliced into ½” strips
    2 Large Red Peppers, sliced into ½” strips
    Two very large onions, quartered and sliced thin
    Olive Oil


  • Put sausages, peppers, and onions in a 9×12 baking pan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt.
  • “Toss” the mixture in the pan.

Bake mixture uncovered at 400 for 15 minutes.

Lower temperature to 375 and bake, uncovered, for approximately 1 hour, or until sausages are browned.

(Check the mixture at about 30 minutes; at that time I like to grab a serving spoon and fold a bit during the baking just to distribute flavors.)

For another recipe by Grace Hallenbeck click here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!