Sunday 21 March 2010

March 2005 - Vineyard Sausages with grapes

This time of year it is difficult to know what to make from one day to the next as the weather is so changeable. One day it is cool and it is hot meals all-round and then the next it blistering hot again and salads are the order of the day. This can be quite frustrating when planning a menu ahead of time.

There are some wonderful features and recipes in this issue. Jamie Oliver's New York diner food recipes looked pretty good, the Reuben-ish sandwich in particular. I wasn't quite as taken with the Corned beef hash with fried egg that called for canned corned beef. I just cannot bring myself to purchase that stuff, shudder. Valli Little's Last of the Summer Wine feature had some great options, watercress & potato salad, fillet of beef with horseradish cream and roast capsicum. I considered making these as part of a meal however the fillet of beef is very simmer to one that I have already done and I was unable to find any watercress so that ruled out the salad.

I ended up making a recipe from Jill Dupleix's feature Tutti Fruitti where all the recipes used fruit. On first looking through this issue I marked this recipe, Vineyard Sausages with Grapes, as a possible one to make. I had never used grapes in a savoury dish and I was intrigued as to what it would be like. I was impressed with it. The sausages were nice and spicy and the grapes were sweet not too sickly sweet. I served it with some char-grilled parmesan polenta and steamed spinach. It was a good meal and filled me nicely.

Vineyard Sausages with grapes

  • 750g firm, ripe green grapes
  • 8 Italian-style coarse pork sausages
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 2tbsp flat parsley leaves
  • Prick the sausages.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the sausages. Pan-fry slowly, turning every couple of minutes, until firm and golden-brown.
  • Add the grapes, sea salt and pepper. Cook gently for a few minutes.
  • Pile the sausages on to a warm serving platter and top with the warmed grapes. Drizzle with any pan juices and scatter with parsley leaves.

Vineyard Sausages with Grapes


  1. I love cooked grapes, especially with onions- the sweetness of both can form a realy lovely sticky sauce. I'm a veggie so don't partake but my family adore chicken, especially thighs with a grape gravy- like a slow cooked casserole almost!

    Good picture by the way, is that from the new camera?

  2. Ooh, that sounds good with the chicken.

    Yes, the picture is from the new camera. I am very pleased with the pictures it takes. :)