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Grilled Grits with Chicken-Apple Sausages

Yield 4 servings
You can use any chicken and apple sausage, but Aidell's minisausages look handsome on the serving platter. Order them at www.aidells.com

Ingredients

  • Grits:
  • 5 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow grits
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • Tomato sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 6 fennel seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 dried chile peppers, lightly crushed
  • Remaining ingredient:
  • 12 (1/2-ounce) chicken-apple sausages (such as Aidell's)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 368
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 12.4 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 5 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 17.3 g
  • carbohydrate 47.7 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 49 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 939 mg
  • calcium 254 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare grits, bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in cheese, white pepper, and pepper sauce.

  2. Spread grits into a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.

  3. To prepare tomato sauce, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add fennel seeds and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomatoes, marjoram, basil, bay leaves, and chiles; cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Discard bay leaves.

  4. Prepare grill pan.

  5. Invert grits onto cutting board; cut into 12 squares. Place the squares on grill pan coated with cooking spray, and grill 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and thoroughly heated. Remove from pan; keep warm.

  6. Place sausages in pan; grill 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Arrange 3 grits squares in each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with 3 sausages and 1/4 cup sauce.