Spetsofae


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Growing up as a kid, I was lucky enough to have cousins who were close to my age near me. We all lived in the same area and we used to meet almost every weekend. During summers we were visiting my Aunt’s cottage in the coast line of Attica. She had a house with a big garden and for all of us, who lived in apartments in downtown Athens, that was a blessing.

I had four cousins, two boys and two girls. The boys were older than me, but with the girls I had only a couple of years difference. I remember back in the 70’s and while we were at my Aunt’s cottage house, we were playing Charlie’s Angels. My older cousin was blond so naturally she was Jill Munroe, the other was brunette and she was imitating Kelly Garrett and I was very thin with short hair and I was Sabrina Dunkan. It was so much fun back then, no computers, no play stations, no Xboxes, nothing of a sort, just pure action games, where fantasy had the first and most important role.

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We were running up and down the garden for hours trying to uncover imaginary evils and bad guys. We were hiding and following and tried to serve justice to the world. Oh we had such a great time back then!

All our visits to my aunts and theirs to our home ended up with a very big and full of different dishes lunch or dinner. It is amazing how food is so much connected with my childhood memories. For us children, it was a good chance to sit down, relax from playing and recover some of our energy that was lost during our games.

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There were all sorts of food in these tables back then, meat, pies, potatoes, rice, appetizers and sweets at the end. One dish that was never absent from my aunt Vasiliki’s table was Spetsofae. She loved it and she always cooked it for us.

So, when a friend of my father’s brought us these beautiful home-made sausages, I immediately remembered these feasts and decided to make spetsofae.

This dish can vary from not hot at all, to very hot and spicy depending on your stomach’s tolerance. Also, in its original version the sausage is first fried and in the same oil/fat we sauté the rest of the vegetables and continue the cooking. Since I am notorious for my sensitive stomach, I went on with the child friendly version. Also, I didn’t fry the sausage-too many calories and very heavy for the stomach- I just sautéed the sausage and the veggies, but if you make it, feel free to spice it up as much as you want and do it the traditional way.

So, let’s go and make it!

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Spetsofae

Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil

2 sausages from pork or beef about 30 cm. / 12 in.  long each

1 onion, sliced

2 garlics, minced

2 peppers one orange and one yellow, sliced (you can use any color of pepper you like. You can use chili peppers as well)

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2 leeks, sliced

1 tomato, sliced

1/2 cup sweet red wine, I used Mavrodafni a red sweet wine from Peloponnese area and particularly from Patras

1 cup tomato juice

Salt, pepper or chili pepper according to your liking for a spicier dish

1 tsp sugar

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp basil

2 bay leaves

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Instructions

Place a large skillet on medium/high heat and pour the olive oil.

Add the onion slices, the pepper slices, the tomato slices and the leek and sauté until they start to soften.

Add the garlic and the sausage after you have cut it in slices.

Sauté until the sausage turns from red to brown.

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Pour the wine and let boil until half of the wine is evaporated.

Throw the tomato juice and all the spices and herbs.

Reduce fire to medium/low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

Remove from fire and serve.

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5.0 from 5 reviews

Spetsofae
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Appetiser

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sausages from pork or beef about 30 cm. / 12 in.long each
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 peppers one orange and one yellow, sliced (you can use any color of pepper you like. You can use chili peppers as well)
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • ½ cup sweet red wine, I used Mavrodafni a red sweet wine from Peloponnese area
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • Salt, pepper or chili pepper according to your liking for a spicier dish
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Place a large skillet on medium/high heat and pour the olive oil.
  2. Add the onion slices, the pepper slices, the tomato slices and the leek and sauté until they start to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and the sausage after you have cut it in slices.
  4. Sauté until the sausage turns from red to brown.
  5. Pour the wine and let boil until half of the wine is evaporated.
  6. Throw the tomato juice and all the spices and herbs.
  7. Reduce fire to medium/low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from fire and serve.

5.0 from 5 reviews

Σπετσοφάι
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Ορεκτικό

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 2 λουκάνικα περίπου 30 cm. το κάθε ένα
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, κομμένο σε ροδέλες
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, τριμμένο
  • 2 πιπεριές μία πορτοκαλί και μία κίτρινη, κομμένες σε ροδέλες (μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε οποιονδήποτε τύπο πιπεριάς σας αρέσει)
  • 2 πράσα, κομμένα σε ροδέλες
  • 1 ντομάτα, κομμένη σε ροδέλες
  • ½ φλ. κόκκινο γλυκό κρασί, χρησιμοποίησα Μαυροδάφνη
  • 1 φλ. χυμό ντομάτας
  • Αλάτι, πιπέρι
  • ζάχαρη 1 κ.γ.
  • ½ κ.γ. μοσχοκάρυδο
  • ½ κ.γ. ξερή ρίγανη
  • ½ κ.γ. ξερό βασιλικό
  • 2 φύλλα δάφνης

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Τοποθετήστε ένα βαθύ τηγάνι σε μεσαία/ψηλή φωτιά και ρίξτε το ελαιόλαδο.
  2. Προσθέστε το κρεμμύδι, τις πιπεριες, τη ντομάτα και το πράσο και σωτάρετε μέχρι να αρχίσουν να μαλακώνουν.
  3. Κατόπιν προσθέστε το σκόρδο και το λουκάνικο.
  4. Σωτάρετε μέχρι το λουκάνικο από κόκκινο να γίνει καφέ.
  5. Ρίξτε το κρασί και αφήστε να βράσει μέχρι να μείνει η μισή ποσότητα.
  6. Ρίξει το χυμό ντομάτας και όλα τα μπαχαρικά και βότανα.
  7. Χαμηλώστε τη φωτιά σε μέτρια/χαμηλή και αφήστε το να σιγοβράζει για 30 λεπτά περίπου.
  8. Κατεβάστε από τη φωτιά και σερβίρετε.

 

43 Responses to Spetsofae

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  1. G’day! looks very warm and welcoming for a cold winter’s day!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  3. Louanne says:

    I love sausage with veg, and your version looks so good! I have some Italian sausage in the freezer, and I’m going to make this over the weekend. Yum!

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  5. mjskit says:

    What a delicious dish! I would definitely want some crusty bread to make sure that I could soak up that wonderful sauce!

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  7. loulou says:

    Πολύ όμορφο και άκρως χειμωνιάτικο το φαγητάκι σου! καλή εβδομάδα!

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  9. Candace says:

    Thank you for sharing your memories with us, Katerina! I remember playing “Charlie’s Angels” as a child myself. This dish looks delicious. Make ours spicy!

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  11. Such wonderful memories you have. I have much the same. We were so busy outside entertaining ourselves that we never had time to sit in front of the television, until it was just before bedtime. Time change for sure. It’s a good thing we can count on time tested recipes like this one that don’t change. My husband would love the sausage, and I’m intrigued by the spices. The nutmeg sounds wonderful.

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  13. Lana says:

    I have some sausage in the refrigerator that I need to use so I use your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. LinsFood says:

    This, I think is a dish I have to make! Love all the ingredients in there!

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  17. Mouthwatering dish Kate! The sausages are so well cooked in the sauce…yumm!

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  19. Susan says:

    What wonderful memories! It’s true, when we had to use our imaginations instead of computer games, things were much more fun, I think. It was the creativity of the games that we enjoyed the most.

    Wonderful dish! We love sausages here and this looks like perfect comfort food to me.

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  21. Sissi says:

    Katerina, are you in my head? It’s so cold here and I have been dreaming of a homely, filling sausage dish (Swiss sausages would not satisfy me alas). I love sausages and I love hot food. As far as I can remember I have always loved hot dishes (I usually added more chili than my parents). I had no idea such great sausages are made in Greece. One doesn’t think of sausages when talking about Greece…

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  23. What a fabulous dish using sausage! Love the addition of nutmeg and oregano in it….

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  25. Tina says:

    Your childhood was similar to mine. Except I didn’t have the gorgeous Greek countryside to have fun and run about. We didn’t have the video games either and would just play and run and use our imaginations. Fun in the sun and good food too.
    Thanks for sharing your good memories as well as this delicious sausage dish!

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  27. I am always amazed by how strong are our food memories! Sometimes many forgotten details come back as soon as we smell something familiar. I love those moments. Thanks for sharing the story and the recipe for spetsofae. :)

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  29. Elaine says:

    Playing outside for hours was the best, wasn’t it? What great memories and your sausage looks beautiful-so hearty and delicious. I remember my grandmother making kielbasa and I just loved it. The sausage from the store just isn’t the same.

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  31. Nadji says:

    Il fait très froid et ce plat est exactement ce qu’il nous faut. Il semble délicieux.
    A bientôt

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  33. Barbara says:

    You have wonderful memories of your visits to your aunt’s house. Thanks for sharing…fun to read.
    This recipe is almost like a sausage soup. Weren’t you lucky to have homemade sausages? I bet they were delicious. Wonderful recipe, Katerina!

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  35. Reeni says:

    My best friend and I were going to grow up and be detectives just like Charlie’s Angels! So fun to hear that you on the other side of the world were doing much the same thing. Your little sausage look perfect! What a tasty way to prepare them.

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  37. Zoe says:

    Hi Katrina,

    Nice to know that this delicious dish bring back a lot of your beautiful childhood memories.

    Zoe

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  39. Margarita says:

    what wonderful family and food memories! love this hearty soup!

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  41. Asmita says:

    This is comfort food. Looks wonderful!

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  43. MayMoh says:

    Love your dish. It looks delicious. Would be so good with rice or noodles. I don’t know much about using sausages. Usually I just bake them. Today I added the cooked sausages into minced meat to make meat balls and they are good. Love to read of your childhood stories. I and my neighbourhood kids also play a lot of make-believe stories :D

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  45. Katerina, THANK YOU for taking me back to the days spent with my own cousins roaming our grandparents’ garden and fields. Oh the fun we had (and the trouble we got into). I have memories of my Baba (Ukrainian Grandmother) calling us inside so we could sit side by side and eat raw rhubarb dipped a mouthful at a time in sugar. We could barely sit still and eat because we wanted toget back out and play. But the rhubarb was good and our Baba was kind. We stayed for at least a minute or two.

    I love sausage cooked with onions and peppers. The addition of those warm winter spices is so intriguing. Can’t wait to try that out!

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  47. Xara says:

    Such a nice Greek appetizer, Katerina! I haven’t had it in so many years! My carnivores would love it,and they would love the enhanced, hot version..Thanks for sharing both the recipe and the memories!! XOXO

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  49. You had a sweet and fun childhood.
    The sausage dish looks hearty and homey.

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  51. Katerina I can just picture you as an “angel”!! Sounds like total fun!!

    The sausages look amazing, I just want to dunk a huge piece of bread in it, yum!!!

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  53. What a story. When I was young I used to spend most of the time outside and was never interested in tv (we did not have much of a choice in Poland then) I love to think about this period of my life :) Thank you.

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  55. Yum! Looks like a great comfort-food dish!

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  57. CCU says:

    What a rich and flavoursome dinner :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  59. Claire says:

    I love that you played outside and had those fun times growing up, imagination really is a wonderful thing that is getting a little lost in today’s world of technology. My parents didn’t want us to have a TV growing up and my sisters and I would play in the woods, play with our dolls and put on plays and skits wearing dress up clothes (which our mom would film- the home videos are a little embarrassing but we were using our imagination!). I sometimes envied my friends who could sit and watch TV whenever or play video games. But I’m very thankful now!

    This looks like a perfect dish to come inside for, warm and satisfying. I will have to try this, the herbs and spices sound very flavorful.

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  61. Μarion says:

    Ωραίες αναμνησεις Κατερίνα αλλά και οι μνήμες που έχουμε συνδυάσει με αγαπημένους ανθρώπους και ωραία φαγητά.

    Πολύ ωραίο ο σπετζοφάϊ σου. Εγώ το τηγανίζω το λουκάνικο (να την κάνεις την αμαρτία κανονικά :) χιχι). Δεν υπάρχει πιο ωραίο πιατο για να φας αρκετό ψωμί!

    Το λουκάνικο φαίνεται εξαιρετικό. Φαντάζομαι γεύση.

    Φιλιά πολλά

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  63. Julie says:

    Childhood recipes are the best! This looks delicious. Love the depth of flavors.

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  65. Joanne says:

    I love how much memory there is associated with this dish! I’m sure that makes it taste even better than it would otherwise.

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  67. Beth says:

    I loved reading your childhood memories! My sister and I lived on a farm, so we played a lot by ourselves. And they were all games of imagination. I should write about it sometime!

    Thanks for the trip back in time.

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  69. Ambreen says:

    That looks delicious and your version sounds healthy. Thanks Katerina for sharing your memories, this brings back many sweet memories of my childhood :)

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  71. Ola says:

    even the name sounds like Greek music;)
    you have beatiful memories from the childhood, I agree that the whole computer world kind of deprive the kids from childhood but you can’t stop civilization…
    anyway-we have here very similiar dish with a bit different seasonig and without leeks-only powder pepper and I belive it’s Hungarian cooking
    Blog about life and travelling
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  73. Juliana says:

    Yes, I too played in the street until I was almost 15, and would come back home many time so wet by playing water gun with friends…and every time that I tell Stan that I was a tomboy, he has hard time to believe :) and to think that kids now days live so differently…
    Your sausage dish looks really tasty Katerina…it sure enhances even more the flavor of the sausages.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  75. These sausages look really delicious, Katerina.

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  77. Jeannie says:

    That looks like a perfect dish for a cold wet day! I know my sons would love this too, they are such big fans of sausages!

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  79. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Φανταστικό φαγητό Κατερίνα μου!!!!!
    Φιλιά πολλά!!!

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  81. Sometime nothing beats a traditional hearty dish, especially with home-made sausages! This looks so good. And that is a great story of playing Charlie’s Angels hi hi.

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  83. Kathy says:

    Oh Katrina, This dish looks so warm and inviting! Wonderfully delicious!

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  85. Ξανθή says:

    Κατερίνα παρόλο που πριν μια ώρα έφαγα ευχαρίστως τώρα θα δοκίμαζα από τον υπέροχο μεζέ σου.
    Αυτό είναι το αυθεντικό σπετσοφάι σύμφωνα με μαρτιρίες μητέρας φίλης από το Πήλιο.
    Καλή σου εβδομάδα

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