Thursday, August 20, 2009

Recipe: Italian Sausage Bites


I was at a get-together this weekend, and my friend made a delicious appetizer of bacon-wrapped little smokies cooked in brown sugar. They were so good, I decided to try my own spin on her recipe. I chose to do an Italian version, because I can't seem to get enough Italian food, but feel free to change it up any way you'd like.


Serves: 4-6


Ingredients:

1 package (5 links) mild or hot Italian sausage

15 thin slices Prosciutto

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup sugar

toothpicks


Directions:

First, preheat the oven to 350. Then, boil water in a medium saucepan or deep skillet. When the water is boiling, drop in the sausage links. Cook the sausage for 10-12 minutes*. While the sausage is cooking, cut the prosciutto slices in half length-wise. When the sausages are finished cooking, place them on a paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess water. Let them cool enough to handle.


Set the toothpicks out (you will need 30 for this recipe) so that you will have them ready to go when you're done wrapping. Once the sausages have cooled, cut each one into 6 pieces. (Watch out, they squirt!) Don't worry if they're a little pink in the center; they will finish cooking in the oven. Wrap a half slice of prosciutto around each piece of sausage and secure with a toothpick. Place them in a 9X13 baking dish (you may want to spray it with cooking spray to prevent sticking). Cover with foil, and bake for 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, make the balsamic vinegar glaze. In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar and sugar to a boil, then simmer until it reduces to a syrupy consistency (it should coat the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes or so). When the sausages come out of the oven, pour the balsamic glaze over them. Return them to the oven for another 10 minutes so the glaze can flavor the sausage and prosciutto. Enjoy!


*If you don't want to bother cooking the sausage, use kielbasa or chorizo cut into bitesize pieces.

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