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Grilled Italian Sausage with Sweet and Sour Peppers

Take the big flavor of this Italian Sausage and add bell peppers, almonds, raisins, onions, Italian dressing and pineapple for flavors elevated to the next level.

Prep Time

        Prep time: 10 minutes
        Cook time: 15 minutes
        Yield: Serves 8


    •    1/4 tsp salt
    •    2 tbsps sugar
    •    1 tbsp olive oil
    •    1/4 cup raisins
    •    3 tbsps slivered almonds
    •    3 tbsps apple cider vinegar
    •    1/8 tsp ground black pepper
    •    3 tbsps Italian salad dressing
    •    1 medium red onion, wedge cut
    •    2 packages (about 19 ounces) sausages
    •    2 medium red bell peppers, quartered and seeded
    •    2 medium green bell peppers, quartered and seeded
    •    1 roll prepared polenta, cut 1/2 inch rounds or pineapple, cut 1/2 inch rounds


  1. In a small skillet, cook and stir almonds over medium-low heat until golden; about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in raisins; remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute.
  3. Carefully stir in the vinegar, sugar, salt and black pepper.
  4. Return to medium-low heat, cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; about 2 minutes and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine peppers and onions; drizzle with oil and toss gently to coat.
  6. Grill sausage according to package directions.  Grill vegetables uncovered until tender; about for 15 minutes.  Turning veggies halfway through grilling.
  7. While sausages and vegetables are grilling, brush slices of polenta or pineaple with Italian dressing; grill on each side until golden; about 2 minutes.
  8. Return grilled vegetables to large bowl; add almond mixture and toss gently to coat.
  9. Arrange sausage on a large platter with the grilled polenta or pineapple and vegetable mixture.

This great family recipe is thanks to Johnsonville at


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