Monday, October 4, 2010

Weeknight Dinner: Touchdown Sausages with Chunky Cranberry-Beer Topping

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A mouthful!  I had so much fun at the Ocean Spray Cranberry Festival and Cook-off this past weekend.  Huge thanks to Ocean Spray for making it so much fun - besides cooking we got a private tour of Gillette Stadium and got to hang out with celebrity chef Ming Tsei (see him on The Next Iron Chef Sundays on the Food Network) and Steve Grogan (Football Hall of Famer).  I've included some highlights of pictures throughout the blog.  Ocean Spray has also inspired me to use one of their products in EVERY recipe I post this week, so it's CRANBERRY WEEK!  Woohoo!

My family loved my entry--even my mom who hates sausage told me the topping was to die for.  Even though the Ocean Spray people didn't agree and I didn't win the contest, I wanted to share my recipe with you.  It will be posted on the Ocean Spray website as well!  So exciting!

Touchdown Sausages with Chunky Cranberry-Beer Topping
Serves: 4

4 hot italian sausages
4 hot dog rolls
2 cups of raspberry beer
1 cup of cranraspberry juice
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of ketchup
2 tablespoons of worchestershire sauce
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup craisins

On a medium-hot grill, in a large skillet, combine beer and cranberry juice.  Let boil and add brown sugar, ketchup, worchestershire sauce, and pepper.  Stir frequently for 5 minutes.  Then, put the sausages on the grill.  Add craisins into the beer sauce and stir constantly for additional 5 minutes.  The sauce should reduce by half.  Toast the hot dog buns for about 2 minutes.  Then, put the sausage in the hot dog buns and top with cranberry sauce.

It's a great tailgating recipe since I do everything right on the grill.  It was also fun to cook off in front of my friends...my first time was at Beringer but I would do it again in a heartbeat! 




Continue looking this week for more great cranberry recipes (what a great way to kick off autumn!). 
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Until the next time my oven is on...

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