Ina Does Everything Right.

This past Christmas, I was sitting around chatting with my Aunt Karen when she mentioned a recipe of Ina Garten's that she recently enjoyed. 

Roasted Sausages and Grapes.

Given that the whole idea of roasted grapes seemed completely foreign to me, I was immediately intrigued.

Since hearing about it, I have made this recipe three times -- once for a girlfriend, once when I hosted Supper Club, and then last night for Ian.

I have slightly altered the recipe -- I use chicken sausage to make it healthier, and I slice the sausage before roasting it.  Also, because the chicken sausage is pre-cooked, that eliminates the step of parboiling the sausage.  I'll post my altered recipe below, but you can find the original recipe here.

Roasted Sausages and Grapes

1 12-oz. package of chicken sausage, sliced diagonally
3 cups grapes (I love red, you could also mix green/red)
1 T. unsalted butter
Few glugs red wine
Few glugs balsamic vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a cast iron skillet, and when it starts turning golden brown, add in the grapes and stir with a wooden spoon to coat them.  Slightly raise heat and add red wine.  Stir for a few minutes while the wine reduces.
  3. Add sliced sausages to the grapes and stir together.  Transfer immediately to the preheated oven.  Roast 20 minutes, turning once midway, until the sausages are brown and the grapes are very soft.
  4. Put your skillet back onto the stovetop, and over medium heat, add the balsamic vinegar.  Allow juices to reduce.
I served this last night with herbed green beans and a romaine salad with avocado, cucumber, and onion.  We loved it, and there wasn't a single bit left over.

Is this a recipe you'd be up for trying, or is it a little too "out there" for your taste?


  1. That sweet and salty combo is right up my alley--looks delish!

  2. WOW does that look good. Going on the list for next week!

  3. I love Ina--she's got it going on!

  4. hmmm, grapes and have me very intrigued! Looks yummy.

  5. A Trader Joe's cookbook I have has a recipe very similar and it is one of my very favorites!!


  6. This is actually making me hungry right now. I think the grape and sausage combo would be great together. I'll have to try it!

  7. the Rex and Goliath pinot noir is my go to! Looks great!

    xoxo, Emily

  8. "Few glugs" is exactly how I cook!!! I saw the episode actually where Ina made this and it looks fab.

  9. Definitely sounds interesting but I'll take your word on it and try it soon!

  10. This looks really good! I would never think of this combo but once you think about it, yum!

  11. Yum! I use that brand of chicken sausage for meals nearly every week. I will try this for sure!

  12. soooo going to try this! thanks for sharing! so unique and different!

  13. I love Ina! I don't cook too much, but I always find that her recipes are spot-on. Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. Yum! I'm definitely going to try this, and I seriously appreciate the fact that you wrote "glug" as the measurement. You and I would be able to swap recipes so easily if that's how your write all of yours out :)

  15. Ok, I'm sorry to be OCD commenting, but I'm just catching up! This recipe looks fantastic. I'm obsessed with all things Ina too. In fact, I really wish I could move into her amazing house and just hang with her for a few weeks.

  16. Oh this looks so good!! I'm having a moment with roasted fruit right now- love it!


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