Thursday, January 19, 2012

Braised Sausage with Grapes and Balsamic-Glazed Onions

We all love sausages and I was intrigued by this recipe that I found in Fine Cooking magazine as it uses red grapes.  Unfortunately the package that I had in the fridge had only 5 sausages in it and the recipe called for 8, but it didn't matter!  Pair with garlic mashed potatoes, a salad or kale chips!!!

2 tbsp olive oil
8 links of sweet Italian sausage, pricked with a fork
1 lrg yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
20 seedless red grapes, halved lengthwise
2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • In a large 12" skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the sausages and cook, turning every few minutes until they are browned all over (approx. 8 minutes).  Transfer to a large plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and the onion to the skillet with the salt, and saute until the onion softens completely and starts to turn light brown.  Add the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar and scrape the bottom of the skillet  to incorporate any browned bits.
  • Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.  Add the sausages and grapes, cover the skillet with the lid ajar, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sausages are cooked through (approx. 25 mins or cut one to check)
  • Serve sprinkled with oregano and ENJOY!  

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