Now that spring is here, I've been thinking a lot more about cooking outside and entertaining. The two really do go hand in hand in the warmer months. As part of my 2016 intentions, I wanted to host more friends and family for dinners and get togethers throughout the year. For whatever reason, as the weather gets warmer, I feel more inclined to have friends over to hang out in the backyard and enjoy a good meal. And once spring hits, a lot of my cooking is done outside on the grill. From April-October, it's rare that I'll use the stove, unless it's for sides and the oven barely gets touched.
Today's recipe is perfect for the warmer days and get togethers and showing that the BBQ grill can be used for more than just boring hot dogs and hamburgers. I'm highlighting all the different varieties of house-made sausages that Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has to offer. I've already shared with you how awesome the produce and bulk foods sections of Fresh Thyme are, but they also have their in-store "butcher shop" where they provide fresh cuts of beef, poultry, pork, fresh ground meat, and over a dozen different styles of house-made sausage.
Shopping from the butcher's counter has it's benefits over shopping the pre-packaged meats. The selection in front of you is their freshest selections and you'll often find (or can request) cuts that aren't already packaged. In the case of Fresh Thyme, their butcher counter also offers a wide variety of already prepared cuts that are grill ready. I'm talking apple-stuffed pork chops, bacon wrapped cuts of steaks, anything you could think of. The best thing about shopping from the butcher is that you can choose the number that you need, and don't have to worry about overbuying and waste.
For today's recipe, I picked up three different styles of house-made sausage: Cherry Pork Bratwurst, Sweet Bourbon Chicken Sausage, and Chicago Italian Hot Chicken Sausage. In addition to those three styles, they offer over a dozen varieties of chicken and pork sausage links, including maple breakfast sausage, chorizo, and a spinach basil chicken sausage that I have on my mind for next time. The varieties that I selected for my grilled sausage have flavors that will lend well to the different style of grilled sausage (or bratwurst) that I'll be sharing today -- Banh Mi, Buffalo Chicken, and Rueben style.
These grilled sausage styles are great for entertaining. You can grill up a bunch of sausages, and put out all the toppings for each style and let your guests go to town. Interactive dinners are always favorites of mine, because guests can leave out things they don't like, or add on additional toppings as they want. And don't forget the traditional ketchup and mustard for those more picky eaters.
Keep reading to take a peek at these three styles of grilled sausages and keep them in mind for your next get together. No fuss to you!Read More