Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Salsiccia all'Uva: Sausages w/ Roasted Grapes



I know you think I am weird that I am constantly roasting grapes and adding them to my chicken salads, vegetables and cakes.
Once you cook a grape, you are hooked. There is no turning back.

Before you turn your nose up at this recipe, let me just say it is only FABULOUS.

Mario, Lidia, Ina, Mark Bittman and every other person who loves Italy has this recipe on their website, so get over yourself and try it.

If you can imagine pork chops w/ applesauce, or figs w/ prosciutto, then why not sausages w/ grapes?
I stuff pork loins with prunes. Let's think outside the box.

This is a traditional Umbrian dish from Italy.
Make sure you are using really good Italian pork sausages, made by a butcher you know.

I served this over roasted cauliflower puree, and it was the perfect autumn dinner.




Salsiccia all'Uva: (inspired by Lidia Bastianich & Zuni Cafe)

4 good quality Italian pork sausages (from a good butcher!)
1 lb. red or black seedless grapes
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 475F.

In a large, heavy cast iron skillet, add the sausage links and grapes and season with some kosher salt and a drizzle of olive oil.



Place the skillet in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes (turning the sausages once), until the sausages are nice and brown.

After the dish comes out of the oven, splash with a little balsamic vinegar and serve over polenta or roasted cauliflower puree.



Delicious!

17 comments:

Becki's Whole Life said...

I just saw Ina make this with one of her friends on her show the other day and I agree it sounds wonderful.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

I LOVE this dish. Must make it soon!

Alex Radhose said...

I never thought to combine sousages with grapes. I have to try this. Thanks!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Yes, yes, sausage and grapes a match made in heaven. The grapes cut through the fat of the sausages. Lidia does this so well - and you do too.

Susan........ said...

I also saw Ina make this with Al Forno's Johanne and bookmarked it for soon, soon, NOW. Glad to see it cooked and reviewed sans TV.

Joanne said...

Haha I TOTALLY don't think it's weird! Then again...I also TOTALLY love sweet with my savory.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm going to have to remember to buy grapes.

Amie said...

sounds delicious and looks perfect for this rainy day. Too bad I didn't live closer to you :) This IS getting added to my "to make" list.

Susan said...

Any dish inspired by Lidia is one for me! This sounds delicious.
I love her and her recipes are the best.
Thanks for sharing. Have to find some concord grapes soon before the season ends.

Claudia said...

I'm god with the roasted grapes - they are so sweet and pair well with the sausages. Now over the roasted cauliflower surprised me - I probably would have used a carb. Which is why I am gaining weight.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I have some good sausage in the freezer and I'm buying grapes tomarrow!

Rosemary said...

Have to admit, I've never roasted grapes. Frozen them after coating in bleu cheese and nuts, tossed them with broccoli in a salad, but never roasted them. You and Lidia are geniuses.

certaintyincookiesandtaxes said...

That's just really really nice.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I get this combination, completely. I learned it from Tyler Florence, he roasts grapes with many of his seared and roasted meats. I love this dish. Seriously. The roasted cauliflower puree kicks this up a few more notices. I'm so saving this recipe for a week night dinner. It's a peasant type dish that I'd love.

Eileen said...

I am getting so hungry going through your recent posts! My husband is out of town for the week, and I've been uninspired to cook for myself (and 3 French Bulldogs). I'd be very happy with anything I've seen - especially the sausage and grapes!

Oui Chef said...

Those sausages look amazing, and I adore roasted cauliflower. Sweet and spicy works for me every time!

Lori Lynn said...

Love the idea of roasted grapes. Gotta try!
LL