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Spicy Sausage Dip

9 Feb

For the AFC Championship Game, DH had a friend over to watch the game. Of course they needed some football worthy food to go along with the game!  This was one of the things I served up.  I have to admit, this dip doesn’t look pretty.  DH was skeptical when he saw me making it.  But as it turned out, he and his friend loved it!  It was spicy and flavorful.  It must have been good, because they nearly finished the whole thing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz.) package spicy ground sausage
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
Hot sauce, to taste

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the crumbled sausage until browned.  Drain off any excess fat.  Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the tomatoes, cream cheese, and hot sauce.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is warmed through and the ingredients are well blended.  Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.  Serve warm.

Recipe from – http://annies-eats.com/2010/02/02/spicy-sausage-dip/

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Sausage and Broccoli Rabe served with Macaroni

18 Sep

This dish combines hot italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and lots of garlic to awaken your senses!  I opted for hot italian sausage rather than chicken sausage because that’s what I had in my freezer, but certainly use whatever you have on hand. 

This is a great Sunday afternoon meal that can be served with a salad and some garlic bread!  Enjoy!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch broccoli rabe, washed and 2″ trimmed off stems
  • 1 lb lean chicken sausage, removed from casing (I used hot italian sausage)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 10 oz orecchiette (I used a mixture of ravioli and cavetelli)
  • 1 cup low sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

1.  Cut broccoli rabe in quarters.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  When it comes to a boil, add broccoli rabe.  Branch for about 2 minutes, drain, and set aside in colander.  Re-fill pot with water and salt for the pasta and bring back to a boil.   Add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente.

2.  In a large, deep saute pan, brown sausage on medium heat, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.  When completely cooked through set aside in a dish or bowl.  Increase heat to medium-high, add olive oil to the pan, when hot enough add garlic and cook until golden (don’t burn). 

3.  Return broccoli rabe to the pan, mix well with garlic and oil, season with salt and pepper and cook about a minute. 

4.  Return cooked sausage to the pan and mix well.

5.  Drain pasta and add to the broccoli rabe.  Reduce heat and stir for about 30 seconds.  Add chicken broth, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes.  Add additional salt and pepper if needed.  Toss well; serve with grated cheese.

Adapted from Skinny Taste – http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/orecchiette-with-chicken-sausage-and.html