The flavor combination of this Italian dish is phenomenal! Savory sausage (mild or spicy) with a sweet and tangy balsamic grape sauce! Ready in about 30-minutes! Your taste buds are gonna be dancing!
This recipe is inspired by the fabulous Ina Garten who featured this dish on The Food Network years ago. The ingredients are the same, perhaps in different proportions, but the method of cooking varies a bit from hers. I hope you'll like this quick and easy version!
Here's what you'll need:
One package of Italian sausage (4-5 links; mild or hot), 1 lb. of red and purple seedless grapes, butter, Balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper. I prefer using hot sausage because it contrasts well with the sweet/tangy sauce, but it's really up to you!
How to make it:
Place sausage in a dry skillet and cook until brown. Meanwhile, put grapes and butter in large pan
Roll 'em around in the pan till they begin to pop and fizz, then nestle the browned links into the pan
Pour in the balsamic vinegar and sprinkle a little thyme
The sugar from the fruit and balsamic vinegar begins to thicken; once links are done, plate and serve
How to prep the sausage
There is a casing on meat; you can either parboil or brown the links to remove the casing. This recipe browns them in a separate pan.
What kind of grapes and how many?
Use about one pound(about 2 1/2 cups) of red and green seedless varieties.
This savory-sweet Italian dish pairs really well with a starch like scalloped or mashed potatoes, polenta, creamy cheese grits, and perhaps a green- broccoli rabe, green beans, Brussels Sprouts or asparagus.
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Italian Sausage with Balsamic Grapes
- 1 lb. Italian sausage hot or mild
- ½ lb. red seedless grapes
- ½ lb. green seedless grapes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
- Brown sausage in a skillet
- In a second pan, on medium heat, melt butter; add grapes; toss to coat well; allow to cook 10 minutes
- Once links are browned, add them into the pan with the grapes
- Add balsamic vinegar and thyme; continue to cook until fruit begin to wilt, sauce thickens and sausage links reach 160ºF internal temperature
- Plate sausage and drizzle grape sauce over them
- This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of sauce which enough to drizzle over 5 links; however, if you want more sauce, double the recipe
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