Wednesday, September 19

Perfectly Grilled Sausage

Fresh, handmade sausage is a fantastic and easy way to change up your weeknight meals. I always buy sausage from the butcher counter that has been made in house and if possible, using organic meats. I prefer chicken sausage over pork because I feel like the flavors go with absolutely anything and they are slightly lower in fat. These days you can get sausage that has been flavored with everything from herbs and parmesan to apples and bacon. Choose your favorite and build your meal from there. 
 First step is to boil the raw sausages in a bottle of beer. Pre boiling the sausages helps to trap the juices inside and ensure even cooking on the grill. I've used Stella Artois and Blue Moon, but you can use whatever beer you have on hand as long as it is somewhat light. And remember, the better the flavor of the beer, the better the flavor will come across in the sausage.
 You want the sausages to be covered by liquid, so if the bottle of beer doesn't do it, just add a little water. Boil the sausages for about 10-15 minutes, or until they begin to look opaque and the juices inside are visibly running.
 Place the par cooked sausages on a grill pan or BBQ and cook for another 10 minutes or so, flipping mid way to get the grill marks on either side. Once finished, you can keep them in a warm oven until your meal is ready, or serve them immediately. Just be sure to let them rest for a few minutes before cutting.
You can serve these sausages however you like, sliced in pasta or soup, on a good crusty french roll or with your favorite side of vegetables. This was our meal and it was amazing! I'll share the recipe for the Grilled White Peach and Goat Cheese salad soon too.


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