Friday, August 12, 2011

Chicken Sausage, Bell Peppers, Sweet Yellow Onions, and Tomatoes on the Grill

Finally, the temperature has dipped down below ninety to the mid 80’s.

As I headed out to Poplar Ridge Organic Farm on Wednesday it was rather pleasant outside.

I really look forward to spending time at the farm each week, working with the farmers, staff and talking with the members as they pick up their produce. We share recipes, cooking tips and where to find organic olive oil to make pesto. The basil crops the last two weeks has been phenomenal and all of us are whipping up batches of pesto.

Every week more locals find their way to the Market Stand, many with children in tow. Parents sharing the farm to table experience and teaching them the importance of fresh organic food.

I feel very fortunate to be part of the community, and the flavor of the produce is beyond compare to what you purchase in many food stores. I guess that just goes without saying, no chemicals equals’ real flavor.

This week I left the farm with bell peppers, hot peppers, zephyr squash, yellow squash, eggplant (four different varieties) slicing and cherry tomatoes, yellow onions, fingerling potatoes and basil. Lots of basil!

I purchased organic chicken sausage and thought it would be good night to fire up the grill, although any time is a good time for grilling.

• 1 package organic Chicken Sausage, usually five per package
– I cut the casing off before I cook the sausage
• 1 large Sweet yellow onion remove outer peel and slice into four pieces
– You can use any size onion, I had four small yellow onions from the farm which I used
• 2 large Bell Peppers, slice open, remove seeds and cut into quarters
• 2 medium hot peppers
– I like spicy without too much heat, poblanos
• 2 medium or one large yellow zucchini
• 2 large tomatoes slice into 8 pieces
• 6 Fingerling Potatoes, clean
• ½ cup fresh basil
– Clean and chop
• 1 to 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or non-stick cooking spray
 Heat the grill to medium heat
• In a large pot cover the fingerling potatoes with water and boil for 10 minutes, drain, toss with olive oil and sea salt
• In a grilling pan toss in the onion, bell peppers, hot peppers and drizzle with olive oil
– Tomatoes cook very quickly so I add them to the grilling pan when the peppers and onions are cooked
• Set the grilling pan, chicken Sausage and potatoes on the grill
• Over medium heat grill the chicken for about 4 or 5 or until brown and the vegetables until they are soft
• Turn potatoes to grill all sides
• Add the tomatoes to the grilled vegetables,

Be Careful not to burn yourself when you remove the grilling pan!

As always this is your meal, add more onions, garlic or any other vegetables that you like.

Get outside, search out your local farmers market and enjoy good healthy food.

Just cook something~ Cheers! Kary~

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