Grill Recipes with American Craft Sausage

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We have some really good friends.  You know, the ones that will always be there no matter what.  We’ve known them forever and the ties that connect us are deep, like marriage deep.  In fact, these friends introduced me to my husband in high school so I am eternally indebted!

They were attempting to paint their house this weekend with the help of their parents, but as luck would have it, the weather was horrible with rain, hail, and a nasty wind.  Finally, they got a break on Monday so to help them out a bit, I brought my favorite grill recipes over so they wouldn’t have to stop working to fix up something up.

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I wanted to minimize my impact on their kitchen so I brought some Hillshire Farm new American Craft Sausage to grill up, plus all the fixings and sides.

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The day before we headed over, my little helper and I made some pickled onions.  This is my favorite topping to add to my grilled recipes.  It adds a little gourmet taste and goes well with sausages, burgers, tacos, wraps and more!

making pickled onions

The key to making these is cutting the onions really thin.  If you have a mandolin, I recommend using that.

thinly sliced pickled onions

Quick tip, I love garlic in these but I hate mincing.  It takes forever and I can never get it really fine.  So I just grate it!

easy way to mince garlic

I usually make my onions in a large cup, but I couldn’t get a good photo of it so I used a dish with a lid.

pickled onions covered

They were a huge hit with the new American Craft Sausages especially the Spicy Bourbon flavor.

American Craft Sausages

And what is a grilled sausage without some potatoes?  I made a grilled version of JoJo potatoes.  They turned out really well with a slightly seasoned crispy crust.  Just remember to oil the grill so they don’t stick!

grilled jojos

You can cook your American Craft Sausage in a skillet, but I love the flavor the grill adds and those beautiful grill marks.  I cooked my sausages for about 5 minutes on each side on a medium-high heat and served them in a whole wheat bun.

American Craft sausages grilling

Pickled Onions and Grilled Potatoes
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Sweet, sour, and spicy; adds a kick to sausages, hamburgers, tacos and more! The potatoes are crispy and lightly seasoned to compliment any grilled recipe.
Recipe type: Condiment, Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 Large Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic Minced
  • ½ cup White Vinegar
  • 2½ tbs Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • ¾ cup Warm Water
  • 5 Russet Potatoes
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 tbs Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tbs Basil
  • 3 tbs Flour
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  1. Place the onion and garlic in a medium bowl or large cup and sprinkle with basil.
  2. Warm up the vinegar in the microwave for 1 minute and mix in the sugar and salt until dissolved.
  3. Pour the mixture over the onions and add water until just covered.
  4. Let the onions sit out at room temperature for 4-6 hrs and then place in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. For the potatoes: Cut each potato in half lengthwise and then each half in three pieces.
  6. Place potatoes in a large bowl and cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave for 3-4 minutes or until the edges are translucent.
  7. Coat with olive oil, seasoned salt, basil and flour being careful when you stir not to break the potatoes.
  8. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Alternatively you can bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

I’m so glad I was able to help with a hearty meal that was so easy to make!  You can try the new American Craft Sausage for yourself at a special demo at select Walmart stores May 1st- 4th.

grilled recipes smokey bourbon sausage, grilled potatoes, pickled onions

What do you like to serve with your grilled recipes?  Have any favorite toppings you just can’t do without?  I love to hear about them in the comments!


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