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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Roasted Italian Sausage And Grapes

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A classic Italian combination is a slice of meat paired with fruit like prosciutto with melon or even figs. Roasted Italian Sausage And Grapes (seedless green, red, or both) is a roller coaster for your taste buds combining flavors and textures.

Seedless green or red grapes, when in season, are bursting with sweetness.

This dish is usually served with a loaf of crusty bread for dipping. I’m changing up the traditional Roasted Italian Sausage And Grapes. I’m going to be adding potatoes, a perfect accompaniment to this dish, a complete one-pot meal. Potatoes were a huge part of my mom’s recipes. I suppose this is where my English influence comes into play.  I’m not stopping there, for some added color and flavor, roasted sweet bell peppers, YUM!

There are a couple of different ways you can make this dish, you can choose to use half hot and half sweet Italian pork sausage, that’s traditional. You could even substitute Italian style turkey sausage or Italian style chicken sausage. I’m going to use a leaner and less fatty option, mild Italian chicken sausage for this recipe.

If you’ve never tried roasting grapes, well… you don’t know what you’re missing. They add amazing sweetness to this dish. A perfect harmony of savory and sweet flavors. Let’s get started.

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You can see above how much leaner the Italian chicken sausage is from the traditional Italian pork sausage.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings
Equipment: large 11 x 13 baking dish

Ingredients:
2-packages (10 links) Italian chicken sausage (substitute 1/2 hot and 1/2 sweet, Italian pork sausage, or Italian style turkey sausage)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 2-pound bag petite red potatoes, cut in half
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
6 cups of seedless green grapes, halved
1 sweet onion, sliced thin
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoon dry Chianti (red wine)
1 quart plus a 1/4 cup unsalted chicken broth
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, plus 4-6 sprigs for individual servings, to garnish

Balsamic Glaze:
1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup pan juices

Directions:
Note: Cooking Times may vary slightly. If any or a few of the potatoes are larger than most, cut the larger ones into quarters. The potatoes need to be similar in size.
First, slice the potatoes in half.
Add the halved potatoes into a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold water. On medium-high heat. Bring the potatoes up to a boil. Continue boiling the potatoes for 12-15 minutes, or until just fork tender. They’ll finish cooking in the oven.

Note: Cooking times may vary slightly.
Using a fork prick each of the sausage links 3 times on each side. Pour 1 quart of unsalted chicken broth into a large sauce pot, similar to the one in the picture above. Place the 10 sausage links into the pot (make sure the liquid covers the sausage links, add water if needed), turn the heat to medium, and cover. Parboil the sausages until grey throughout, about 12-15 minutes.

The parboiled sausages and potatoes should be done around the same time.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
While the potatoes and sausages are on the stove being parboiled, prep the grapes, peppers, onion, and garlic placing them into a large mixing bowl. Add  1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil, tossing to coat with oil and seasoning.

Next, using tongs, transfer the sausage links to a plate lined with paper towel. Drain the potatoes and transfer them back into the same pot. This will allow (because the pot is still very hot) any excess water to evaporate from the potatoes. Set the pot aside for a minute. Once the potatoes are free of any excess water, move onto the next step.

Place the potatoes into the baking dish first. Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil, toss to coat all the potatoes. Add the grapes, peppers, onions, and garlic mixture to the baking dish. Using a pair of tongs, place the Italian chicken sausage links on top. Pour the chicken stock and red wine all over the top. Finally, place the 3 sprigs of rosemary on top.

Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Turning the sausage links halfway through the cooking process. This allows for both sides to brown really well.

Remove the baking dish from the oven. Remove the rosemary sprigs. Using a ladle remove 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid from the bottom of the baking dish. Cover the baking dish to keep everything warm.

Directions For Balsamic Glaze:
Using a ladle, remove the cooking liquid from the bottom of the baking dish to a measuring cup. In a small sauce pot, pour in the cooking liquid. Next, add the balsamic vinegar. Turn heat to medium-high, whisking occasionally, cook allowing the vinegar and juices to reduce and become thick and syrupy around 5 minutes.

Pour the Balsamic Glaze over the sausages and grapes. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs.

To serve:
Bring the baking dish right to the table Set on a using a trivet. Serve hot and family style.

 

 

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EPCOT Food And Wine Festival 2018

EPCOT Food And Wine Festival 2018

It’s that time of year again, EPCOT’s International  Food And Wine Festival 2018. Each year my daughter Melissa tries to come home for this event. She’s definitely a Disney girl and always shares her experience with family and friends.

Straight outta EPCOT’S International Food And Wine Festival 2018.

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Her good friend Nicole Smith Ramsland and mom Pam Smith are a huge part of the EPCOT Food And Wine Festival experience with their P.S. Flavor Spice Blend Collection. They both hold food demonstrations at the Festival Center.

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Below is a picture of the Loaded Vegan Nachos from Greece. This dish is filled with vegan sausage, vegan tzatziki, vegan feta, onions, and cucumbers

For more information about the EPCOT International Food And Wine Festival google EPCOT International Food And Wine Festival for more details.

Here’s a peek into Melissa’s visit to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Next on to Disney’s the Animal Kingdom and Pandora.

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Pandora the world of Avatar in Animal Kingdon, at the Satu’li Canteen restaurant, this dish is a build-a-bowl filled roast beef, veggies, and potatoes.

 

 

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Disney Springs 2018

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Wine Bar George is where our day started.

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Melissa bought me this Fall Festival cake, what a surprise! One thing I need to let you know when you’re visiting Disney Springs during the EPCOT Food And Wine Festival, always check in with the information center. Ask if they have a special map showing all of the places, at the Springs, offering Fall Food Festival goodies.

Enzo's Fall Cakes

Fall Festival Cakes

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Enzo’s offers tapas at their Hideaway Tunnel Bar.

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Next, dinner together at the boathouse.

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What’s really interesting about this appetizer is the Pear Mignonette. Normally the Mignonette is a shallot vinaigrette but this one is done with pears. Delicious!!!

Here are some night shots of  Disney Springs 2018.

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STK was our destination for dinner on our second visit to the Springs.

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Steve’s is amazed by everything he’s seeing.

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The D.J.  kept the music on point.

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Warm Bread served with a chive oil.

Tuna Tartare

Lamb Lollipops, Chef’s Special

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Corn Pudding,  Creamy Yukon Potatoes, and Foraged Mushrooms.

Bone-In Filet With Truffle Butter

Seared Sea Scallops With Cauliflower Succotash.

Hibachi Chicken With Brussel Sprouts And Apple Kimchi.

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Cotton Candy And Chocolate Cake.

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For more information about Disney Springs Shopping and Entertainment visit their website at www.disneysprings.com

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San Francisco’s Farmers’ Market

The Ferry Building

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The San Francisco’s Farmers’ Market is located right outside of the Ferry Building that borders the San Francisco Bay, AMAZING! I’ve never seen a market this massive. They had everything from fresh cut flowers, fruits, and vegetables, crafts, jewelry and more! Inside the Ferry Building, there are even more vendors. There are vendors offering artisanal products like loaves of bread, truffle mushrooms, and French pastries.

I can tell you one thing for sure when I go back to visit my daughter, I’m going to be doing a lot of shopping.

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