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Step Into My Office (kitchen)... 
Sep. 13, 2012 11:35 am 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2012 8:50 am
...and I'll show you how to make these.

al fresco is an Allrecipes brand ambassador sponsor for the month of September. As part of our assignments we have been asked to create a recipe using al fresco products and post it in a blog.
After obtaining a variety of al fresco Chicken Sausages one of the flavors I really liked was the Chipotle Chorizo with mango and adobo.
I don't know if you can tell or not but these packages come in four links. The missing one on the bottom I taste tested as a stand alone. That's when I was hooked.
OK, now on to the recipe.
Start out by cutting the zucchini and hollowing out the cups with a melon baller and placed them in the oven.
Next I took the casings off and crumbled the sausage. I warmed up the sausage in a pan (remember that the al fresco chicken sausages are fully cooked from the package).
Fill the cups up with the cooked sausage.
Top with cheese and serve.
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Products recieved from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews by me. The content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Brian Weld aka bd.weld.
Sep. 13, 2012 11:41 am
Awesome photographs and I can't wait to try your recipe and the Chipotle Chorizo with mango and adobo sausages. I will hunt that one down, sounds great. Nice job bd.weld. :)
Sep. 13, 2012 11:48 am
Thanks BN, I bought more and put them in the freezer. We need to get together and I'll give you one. I also have something for your brother.
Sep. 13, 2012 11:49 am
BN, buy the way. I love my reflector lamps, nice and portable.
Sep. 13, 2012 11:51 am
Thanks BD - yes we need to plan another field trip. Your lighting is spot on - good job.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:19 pm
"Welcome home brother"! Man you need to be a full time salesman for al fresco! Great job, nice pics, and your cooking talent at work!
Sep. 13, 2012 12:21 pm
"Welcome home brother", thank you. Still learning on the photos.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:27 pm
Great idea and now one less thing I can try to do. I must find those sausages. Of course I have to look first too.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:27 pm
hi Brian, your recipe looks great. I would love to try that flavor. Our standby favorite has been the chicken sausage with apple. We had your jailhouse dip last weekend . . . no leftovers! :-)
Sep. 13, 2012 12:37 pm
Thanks Doug, darn those Chorizo's are good. I have some other flavors to still try.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:40 pm
Allie-gator, thanks. I glad you liked the Jail House Dip. Haven't tried the chicken sausage with apple yet, just the chorizo and garlic chicken so far.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:41 pm
Geez - I'm glad.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:41 pm
How spicy (or not) is the sausage?
Sep. 13, 2012 12:50 pm
Looks yum!! Might have to try something similar....
Sep. 13, 2012 12:50 pm
Peggy, a little heat from the spices but not too much. It has mango in it so you get a sweet/hot going on. DW likes it and she can't go too high on the heat/spice level.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:50 pm
P.S. Love your photos:)
Sep. 13, 2012 12:55 pm
That sausage isn't very hot at all. Love your photos, bd. I can't do your zucchini, however (you have to know me to understand me and veggies). Love your blog!
Sep. 13, 2012 1:01 pm
grainfreegirl96, thank you. I'm still learning the photo end thanks to Baking Nana.
Sep. 13, 2012 1:03 pm
Marianne, sorry to hear about the veggies. Just give me the chorizo and a hot dog bun - I'd be happy.
Sep. 13, 2012 1:27 pm
Beautiful pictures,never heard of those saugage ,i will have to look at the grocery stores here to see if they have them.Maybe they are just in the U.S.We can't even get Jimmy Dean out here,when we go to Arizona to visit we have Jimmy Dean sausage everyday for breakfast,really wish we could get them here.
Sep. 13, 2012 1:39 pm
Brian, this looks so good. Can't wait to try this.
Sep. 13, 2012 2:01 pm
Thanks DT, next time I think I'll use a Mexican blend cheese on top and add a little in the crumbled sausage before stuffing.
Sep. 13, 2012 4:02 pm
Photos look great! Love the idea of using the zuchini as little cups too. Creative!
Sep. 13, 2012 4:03 pm
manella - It seem as though the al fresco sausage is hard to find here too but I lucked out. Got plenty of Jimmy Dean though. I'll bet the zucchini cups would be good with Jimmy Dean too.
Sep. 13, 2012 4:05 pm
BB - Thanks, I had several ideas but they didn't pan out. This was my last ditch chance and it worked out.
Sep. 13, 2012 5:06 pm
That looks really good! Now if I just had zukes! Plus, I need to see if we have that sausage locally. Good job!
Sep. 13, 2012 8:07 pm
Thanks Cat Hill - I won't tell if you use a different sausage. I like chorizo but wow they differ so much in taste from one brand to another. I like this one with the mango.
Sep. 13, 2012 8:10 pm
So jealous! I'm lucky in that I have a store that carries al fresco near me, but they have a very limited selection. That variety looks delicious!
Sep. 13, 2012 8:42 pm
yum! looks really beautiful, too...
Sep. 13, 2012 8:50 pm
GreenGirl24 - I was surprised that my store had Chorizo. Tasted it and went back and bought some more. Now that I keep saying that nobody will like it. lol
Sep. 13, 2012 8:50 pm
superhotmama - Thank you.
Sep. 14, 2012 1:27 pm
Great tutorial bd weld. Best sausage blog far this round too!
Sep. 14, 2012 3:52 pm
Thank you mauigirl. I kind of shocked myself with this one. My lighting setup helped in the photos. This recipes was a third try on some ideas that didn't pan out.
Sep. 15, 2012 6:51 am
So nice to hear a man's perspective! Thanks, bd!
Sep. 15, 2012 9:06 am
Bibi - Thank you. My motto is "think like a lazy man, you'll get the job done easier". I think this recipe is easy enough.
Sep. 16, 2012 12:38 pm
Clever, well done! I enjoyed the Al fresco chipotle sausages too. If you have some left over or buy more, check out the kebabs:
Sep. 16, 2012 1:08 pm
Lissa - Thank you. I did go back the very next day and bought some more. Kabobs look great. Gotta visit Clearlake soon!
Sep. 17, 2012 2:36 pm
I enjoyed your blog, the beautiful photos and easy-to-read print. What a great idea! Now I want to try the mango & adobo flavored sausages.
Sep. 17, 2012 4:44 pm
Shorecook - Thanks for stopping by. I think I kind of shocked myself with this one. Didn't know what to expect since this was the first try at this recipe.
Sep. 19, 2012 5:37 am
Cute idea with the zucchini cups! Sounds great!
Sep. 19, 2012 7:20 am
mickdee - Thank you. They do taste good.
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