Andouille Sausage Night!

I try pretty hard to be creative with what I cook…most of the time it ends up being a mash of things, but tonight I was actually very pleased with my end product, so I thought I’d share. Mom, read this one…Dad and Andrew will enjoy it :)
 
 

Kate’s Andouille Sausage & Grits 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package andouille sausage (sliced in 1/4” pieces) 
  • 2 green peppers (chopped) 
  • 2 shallots (chopped) 
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped) 
  • 3T butter (divided 2T, 1T) – you can easily substitute Smart Balance here :) 
  • 1/2C extra dry vermouth (divided 1/4C, 1/4C) 
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 fresh sage leaves (diced) 
  • 1t kosher salt 
  • 1/2C quick grits 

Directions:

  1. In a small pan, cook 2T butter, 1/4C vermouth, thyme, sage, garlic and shallots until shallots are tender then remove from heat 
  2. In a media pan, cook 1/4C vermouth, sausage, peppers until peppers are al dente and sausage is browning 

     

  3. In a small pot, cook grits following directions 
  4. Once grits is almost done, mix in shallot mix and additional 1T butter 
     
  5. Serve in a bowl with grits mix next to sausage mix (and a glass -or two- of a nice red wine…we loved it with a Malbec
  6. Enjoy! :) 

(and yes, that’s my Simon Pegg book…I’m only on chapter 2 and it’s already awesome) 

[Recipe] Chipotle Turkey Chili

One of the best dishes my mom made at home was chili. YUM! She was always nice enough to make a separate pot for me with no beans (bless that sweet woman who accommodated us three kids). Anyway, needless to say, I’ve been a non-bean chili lover for a long time.

Anyway, since leaving home, living on ramen noodles & saltines for four years, then eventually finding my way around the kitchen as an adult, I’ve perfected my own recipe and thought I’d share the love! 

Kate’s Chipotle Turkey Chili 

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs ground turkey 
  • 1-2 onions (chopped) 
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)  
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (chopped) 
  • 2 (16oz) cans diced tomatoes 
  • 2T chili powder
  • 2T chipotle chili powder 
  • 1t red pepper flakes 
  • S/P

Directions: 

  1.  In a large pan OR rimmed electric skillet on medium heat, cook turkey, onions, pepper and garlic. Stir frequently. 

  2. Add tomatoes (with liquid), chili powders, pepper and S/P. 
  3. Heat to a boil. 

  4. Reduce heat to low and cover. 
  5. Simmer for approx 1 hour (may have to add water if it gets too dry) 
  6. Enjoy! 
    Serve topped with a dollop of non-fat sour cream and 1T cheddar cheese if you like! :)