Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1-1/2 pounds hot Italian sausage, cut into 3-inch lengths (see Note)
- 1-1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, cut into 3-inch lengths
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2-1/2 pounds red or green seedless grapes, stemmed (6 to 7 cups)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Melt the butter in a large roasting pan over low heat. Add the grapes to the pan and toss to coat them with the butter. With tongs transfer the parboiled sausages to the pan and push them down into the grapes so that the sausages will not brown too quickly.
Roast the sausages and grapes in the preheated oven, turning the sausages once, until the grapes are soft and the sausages have browned, 20 to 25 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the sausages and grapes to a heated serving platter.
Place the roasting pan on top of the stove over a medium-high flame and add the balsamic vinegar. Stir to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan and cook the vinegar and juices until they are thick and syrupy.
Pour the sauce over the sausages and grapes and serve immediately, accompanied with mashed potatoes.
Note: Use more sweet sausages and fewer hot ones for a milder dish, but do use Italian sausages, as their fennel and garlic flavors are essential to this dish.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Recipe Source: Great Chefs of the East by Ellen Brown (Great Chefs Publishing)
Reprinted with permission.