Here’s an easy, kick-off-the-weekend recipe – actually an classic Italian combination (salsiccia all’uva), which marries the full-flavors of pork sausage seasoned with Italian spices and sweet grapes. It’s such a simple dish, you really don’t need a recipe, yet hundreds of variations abound on-line.
The essentials are sausage, grapes and balsamic vinegar, which are are the only three ingredients Mark Bittman uses in his rendition. Another favorite cooking star icon, Ina Garten, adds several tablespoons of butter and Chianti to the trio. How can that buttery goodness fail to please? She also cooks the grapes on the stovetop and roasts the sausages in the oven.
I choose not to use butter as the sausages impart a marvelous porky fat flavor. I also cooked everything in my cast iron skillet on the stove top, further simplifying the recipe, and added cippoline onions. I’m fairly certain the 18-year-old aged balsamic vinegar I used took the simple preparation from very good to great, enhancing the sauce that resulted from the oozing grapes, pork fat and thyme.
I wish I’d thought to make a creamy polenta; it would have been a marvelous sop for the sauce. Crusty Italian bread sufficed.
Happy Memorial Day! Perhaps the long weekend will offer you more time to relax and fire up the grill, and the following recipe for Hot Slaw and Shoulder Sliders has been a family favorite for generations. My millennial son, Zan, is getting married to Lucy in 4 weeks, I’m hosting a party the night before the wedding, the boy wants mama’s … Full recipe post »
In November, no day is complete without eating a fresh-from-the-tree apple or two. Au natural is the simplest, of course, but sliced and enjoyed with an accompaniment of sharp Cheddar or smoked fish, apples make a fine prelude to a meal – as apple pies, apple crisps, and apple crumbles make a satisfying conclusion. But … Full recipe post »
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