After I went to the Johnsonville Sausage event, I started thinking about the flavors those firemen put together that I had never thought of before. And when I went to the grocery store, they had those good red pears that come in cellophane bags. They are only available this time of year, and cost a bit more than the other pears the store sells, but they are SO worth it. While the other pears in the store are hard as a rock when you buy, them these are ripe and soft and sweet. We usually eat them sliced and cored with a plate of sandwich meat, cheese, pickles, and boiled eggs for a quick lunch.
I decided to bake up some of the red pears with some Italian sausage. It turned out really good–Fabgrandpa loved it!
Red Pear & Sausage Bake
1 pkg Italian Sausage links
3 ripe red pears, cored and sliced
3 T olive oil
1 tsp celery flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 bunch fresh basil
Take the casings off of the sausage links. Cut links into bite sized pieces. Place the pieces and the pear pieces in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the dried herbs over all. Chop the fresh basil, and sprinkle over all. Toss to coat sausage and pears with olive oil and herbs. Spread into a 9″ X 13″ casserole dish. Bake in a 350° oven for 35 minutes. Serve with rice or beans.
I like the way the flavors blended together while it all baked in the oven . This would be good with apples, too. What is the most unusual combination of ingredients you have used that turned out to be delicious?