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Spetsofai (Spicy Sausages with Peppers and Tomato sauce)

Traditional Spetsofai (Spetzofai) Recipe – Spicy Greek Sausages with Peppers and Tomato sauce

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 portions 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stew
  • Cuisine: Greek


Looking for an authentic Greek Spetsofai recipe? Find out how to make this rustic, spicy Greek meze the traditional way, perfect with some salty feta…


  • 4 medium spicy country sausages, sliced (approx. 95g each)
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 sweet red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • a cup of water
  • 45 tbsps olive oil
  • a glass of red wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 2 chili peppers (optional)
  • a pinch of paprika
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. To prepare this delicious Greek dish, place a saucepan over high heat, add one tbsp of olive oil and sauté the sausages, until nicely coloured. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on some kitchen paper and leave them aside.
  2. Into the same pan, add the rest of the olive oil, the chopped onion and season with freshly ground pepper; sauté for a minute. Add the garlic and tomato paste and sauté for one more minute. Add the peppers and continue sautéing.
  3. Deglaze with the red wine, scraping the bottom of the pan, with all the delicacies, and wait for it to evaporate. Then add the sugar, the canned tomatoes, a cup of water, the herbs and spices, turn the heat down to medium and cook for 25-30 minutes with the lid on, until the peppers tenderise.
  4. Add the sausages and cook a little bit longer, until the sauce thickens. Check for seasoning; if  you’re using too spicy or salty sausages, you’ll probably won’t need to add any salt or pepper.
  5. Serve while still hot with some crusty bread aside or as a main dish with basmati rice. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 437kcal
  • Sugar: 5.1g
  • Sodium: 1069mg
  • Fat: 35.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 23.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.5g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Protein: 12.2g
  • Cholesterol: 57.8mg

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