Roasted Sausages and Grapes

It seems like an unlikely combination, but once you taste Italian sausages roasted with grapes, balsamic vinegar and wine, you’ll understand why this dish is a classic Italian favorite. The savory sausage and sweet grapes roasted in butter are a wonderful pairing. This simple, easy to prepare meal is perfect for entertaining, packing a “wow” factor while leaving you time to enjoy your guests. Be sure to serve it with warm, crusty Italian bread on the side.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Par-cook the sausages: Bring a skillet of water, deep enough to immerse sausages, to a boil. Place the sausages in the boiling water, cover the skillet, and turn off the heat. Allow the sausages to sit in the hot water for 5 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter in a large roasting pan or dutch oven and add the grapes, tossing to coat. Over medium-high heat add the wine, stirring constantly, until the wine is reduced by half.
  4. Transfer the par-cooked sausages into the grape mixture. Push the sausages down into the grapes. Roast in the oven, turning the sausages once, for about 20 minutes, until the grapes are soft.
  5. Remove from oven and place the pan onto the stove, over medium-high heat. Add the balsamic vinegar, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Allow the vinegar and juices to reduce until the mixture is thick and syrupy.
  6. Transfer the sausages and grapes to a large platter, and then pour the sauce over the top. Serve with warm crusty sliced bread.

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