This week it’s all about the easy 4th of July BBQ. My Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwich recipe adds great new flavors to the basic recipe. As a side you can’t beat my easy Tomato and Artichoke Salad, and what better cool drink than a Ruby Red Grapefruit and Basil Martini!
EASY ITALIAN SAUSAGE & BELL PEPPER SANDWICH
This recipe serves 6.
6 Johnsonville Mild or Hot Italian Sausage links
1 Onion sliced into thin rounds
1 Green Pepper cut into strips
1 Red Pepper cut into strips
2 Tbsp Fresh Basil chopped
6 Mozzarella Cheese slices (or more if you like)
6 Hoagie Buns
Pre-heat BBQ to medium heat. Do not boil or pierce sausage. Merely place sausage on the grill and close the cover. Grill sausage for 20 to 25 minutes or until appropriate internal temperature is reached (see Johnsonville directions). Use tongs to turn the sausage every few minutes to keep from burning.
Remove sausage and vegetables from grill, place in separate containers and cover with foil.
Lightly brown the buns on the grill for a few seconds.
KILLER TOMATO ARTICHOKE SALAD
4 large tomatoes
1/2 red onion
30 Kalamata pitted olives
1 and a 1/2 12oz jar Marinated Artichokes
10 fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 C Feta crumbled cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Quarter the tomatoes, and scoop out the seeds. Cut the tomatoes into bite size pieces.
Slice the Kalamata olives in half.
Slice the red onion into thin rounds and then in half.
Chop the basil leaves.
Drain the juice from the jar of artichokes, cut any large pieces in half.
Pour the preceding items into a large bowl.
Add a dash of salt and ground pepper
In a small bowl mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wine, and Italian dressing. Add dressing to contents of large bowl and gently mix.
Add the feta cheese and gently mix.
RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT & BASIL MARTINI
This is an easy and super refreshing summer drink.
Recipe serves 1
4 oz fresh squeezed red grapefruit
2 oz vodka
1 basil leaf – minced and ground
1 basil leaf for garnish
1/2 tsp simple syrup
For simple syrup: add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 C water to saucepan and heat on medium. Stir until the sugar dissolves, a couple minutes, and then remove from heat (there will be a great deal of simple syrup left over for other drinks).
Mince and grind one basil leaf.
To shaker add ice, vodka, squeezed red grapefruit juice, minced basil, and simple syrup. Shake and then pour through strainer into a martini glass straight up or on ice.
And that’s all there is to making an awesome summer drink.
(PS drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive).
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