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Who Knew? A Very Versatile Ingredient – Johnsonville Sausages! 
 
Mar. 25, 2013 3:05 pm 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 10:08 pm
This month the Allrecipes Allstars received a treat.  Not only did we have free product from this month’s sponsor Brand, Johnsonville Sausages, but this AWESOME sponsor sent us a wonderful gift, 3 casserole dishes from Sur La Table.  First and foremost, THANK YOU JOHNSONVILLE!  We are using our dishes frequently.  An additional gift I was given by the folks at Johnsonville Italian Sausages this month was a lesson on the versatility of their products.  First of all, I was not even aware that they offer an all natural ground version of three of their sausages, their mild, sweet and hot sausages in one pound packages.  Of course I knew you could remove casings from sausages and use the sausage like you would ground, but I had never really done that.  Secondly, I had never considered using sausage as a replacement for any ground beef recipe.   But, as a matter of fact, that was our first assignment for the month, to find our favorite ground beef recipe and replace the ground beef with our choice of Johnsonville Italian Sausage.  Frankly, I love ground beef in recipes, so this was a challenge for me.  What to do?  Should I try to stick to a more Italian recipe?  Or should I go out of the box and use any recipe I wanted?  Perhaps Mexican?  Tacos or burritos?  Even enchiladas?  Or Brittish?  Shepard’s pie?  I finally picked something I hadn’t tried before, but sounded delicious to me at the time.  I chose to do porcupine meatballs.  But I wasn’t satisfied with the typical tomato sauce listed with the porcupine recipe I found, I had seen a recipe for sweet and sour meatballs while I was searching for something to do, and it looked so good I decided to use it with the porcupine meatballs to make a sweet and sour porcupine.  Here are the two recipes I used: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-and-sour-meatballs/detail.aspx<   for the sweet and sour sauce, and http://allrecipes.com/recipe/porcupines/detail.aspx< for the porcupines.  I added a can of chunk pineapple to the sweet and sour sauce to make it thinner for cooking porcupines, since I thought the rice inside them would need it to cook through.  You can see what the final product looked like below.
I thought it was delicious; it turned out just as I had planned.  The sweet and sour sauce was great, a little spicy for my taste, but I am a self-declared spice wimp.  The pineapple added a really nice touch.  The porcupines were yummy, with the rice just slightly underdone – a fact I enjoyed, it made them more poecupine-y, but still edible and yummy.  Hubby thought the spices contrasted, Oriental contrasting with Italian.  Of course this was not the fault of either recipe, but my own choice to combine the recipes.  If I had just made the porcupines as the original recipe calls for, with the tomato sauce, it would have been ALL ITALIAN all the time!  But that’s not what I wanted, and I loved these just the way they were.
Our second challenge this month was to try 1-3 Allrecipes sponsored Johnsonvillerecipes. We started with this one - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hearty-minestrone-2/detail.aspx< .  I replaced the hot sausage called for with mild, and this was AMAZING.  I also used extra veggies, stuff I had on hand, and stuff I couldn’t resist adding, like cabbage, because I LOVE cabbage in minestrone.  I also left out the potatoes, I’m not really a potato fan, and I felt that with the pasta there was enough of a carb aspect to satisfy my taste.  I couldn’t believe how good this recipe was, and it lasted for days, even with me eating it at least twice a day.  It even got better the second day.  I will definitely make this again.  My pic is at the bottom.
It looks awesome, right?
Our second recipe was Johnsonville’s Italian Sausage Sliders - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/johnsonville-italian-sausage-sliders/detail.aspx< .  So easy, and so yummy, they were a terrific answer to a boring burger.  With a little Italian kick, our sliders came out juicy and delicious. You can see what they looked like in the pics.
For our third recipe, our family decided to go with a pasta dish, Four Cheese Italian with Garic Basil Sauce - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/four-cheese-italian-with-garlic-basil-sauce/detail.aspx< .  I chose this recipe because, with the exception of the fresh basil, all of the ingredients are easy to find, and often already in my pantry.  We made a big boo-boo and forgot to add the peas to our dish, which turned out yummy anyway.  Also, I had some grape tomatoes on hand that were past the best time for eating fresh, but just right for cooking, so I halved them and added them to the dish.  When I reheated leftovers I added peas, and it was super.  I've posted our sans-peas picture:
Hubby’s favorite of the recipes was the sliders.  Mine was the minestrone.  The pasta was great too, and plates were cleaned.  That always makes me a happy mom.  All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better month of eating.  Thank you Johnsonville!!
Until next time. . .

 
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Sweet and Sour Porcupines with Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage
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Four Cheese Sausage Pasta with Johnsonville Four Cheese Italitan Sauasage
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Italian Sausage Sliders with Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
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Hearty Minestrone with Johnsonville Mild Italian Sauasage
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Comments
Mar. 25, 2013 6:33 pm
I buy Johnsonville, but my wife don't like sausage so I don't eat it much as a main meal.
 
Paula 
Mar. 25, 2013 9:22 pm
I had never bought the Johnsonville sausages before this assignment. I love them! I used all mild Italian sausages for my 4 recipes. I bought some hot Italian sausage and think I will like it even more. Can't wait to try it!
 
Lela 
Mar. 25, 2013 10:08 pm
Hello-Mommasangelbaby! I have always loved sausage. I would love to try the minestrone soup. It has been cold and snowing here in Colorado, so a hot soup would really hit the spot. Nice Blog.
 
 
 
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About the ONLY thing I don't like about cooking is the HEAT!! I'm not sure why, but I get very easily overheated. I usually sit while cooking, and have a fan blowing directly on me if available. I've been thinking about renaming myself - thehotchef - lol. It's a little better in winter, but I live in Albuquerque, NM - it never gets REALLY cold here, and my body just seems to want to overheat when I get busy in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons I like to divide my kitchen work into 2 or 3 parts at a time. One day I chop the veggies, the next day I roast the veggies, and the 3rd day I put together the lasagna and bake, for example.
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