1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut
into 1/3-inch strips
1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried
oregano, preferably Mexican
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 cup canned tomatoes,
with their juices
1 3/4 pounds all-purpose or russet potatoes
1/4 cup all-purpose
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black
2 cups half-and-half
Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Crumble
in the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with the side of your
spoon, until it loses its pink color. Spoon off all but about a tablespoon of the
Add the onions and bell peppers, season with salt, and cook, stirring frequently,
until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add a tablespoon or two of water
if the pan dries out and the vegetables start to stick. Add the garlic and cook
for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Then add the oregano, crushed red pepper and
tomatoes. Stir and break up the tomatoes with the side of your spoon and cook until
very thick, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 3-quart casserole.
Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Combine the flour
with 1/4 cup of the cheese.
Place one-third of the potatoes in a layer in the casserole. Season with salt
and pepper and sprinkle with half the flour mix. Spoon on half the sausage and peppers.
Again, layer potatoes, with salt and pepper, the rest of the flour mixture, and
the rest of the sausage and peppers. Top with a layer of potatoes and season with
salt and pepper. Pour in the half-and-half and cover the casserole with aluminum
Bake for 45 minutes.
Uncover the casserole and push the potatoes down with a spatula or the back of
spoon to submerge them. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bake for
another 40 minutes or so.
The top of the casserole will be a rich brown, the potatoes easily pierced with
a knife, and the dish will be very juicy. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes before