Saturday morning Farmers Markets are a thing of beauty. Fresh produce and local products offer the opportunity to try new ingredients in new and fun ways. Cristina Thompson recently had the great idea to use kale & garlic scapes to create a garlicky pesto pasta dish- filled with Boulder Sausage Italian Sausage!
Thanks for sharing Cristina!
Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe:
- 1 or 2 bunches of garlic scapes (to taste! it’s really garlicky)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of olive oil, depending on taste!
- 4 – 5 leaves of fresh green kale, stalks removed and torn into smaller pieces
- Handful of fresh basil (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 Lemon
- 1/4 cup of fresh Parmigiano Reggiano
- 1/4 cup of fresh toasted pine nuts
- Salt and pepper to taste
First, toss the garlic scapes into a food processor and blend until no large pieces remain. Next, toss in the toasted pine nuts and blend until combined. Then you’ll add about 1/4 cup (or a very large drizzle) of olive oil, and pulse again until combined. Add the Parmigiano Reggiano and pulse until combined. Finally – add the lemon juice, the basil, and the torn kale – and blend until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste, and feel free to add more olive oil if it looks too dry for your taste. Pesto, done!
Garlic Scape, Swiss Chard, and Boulder Sausage Pasta
- 1 Pack of Boulder Italian Sausage (ground sausage, without casing)
- 4 – 5 big leaves of Swiss Chard, stalks removed and torn into pieces
- 10 – 15 cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 Lemon
- Parmigiano Reggiano to taste
- Pasta of choice (I used multicolored pasta from Trader Joes)
- Don’t forget to reserve pasta water!
- 3 – 4 Tablespoons of garlic scape pesto (or any pesto you like)
Start out by cooking the Boulder Sausage in a saucepan on medium heat until cooked through. Make sure to chunk it into small pieces for the pasta while cooking. Add the swiss chard to the cooked sausage – the fat from the sausage is perfect to cook the chard in! Cut your cherry tomatoes in half, and throw them into the chard & sausage mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes blister. Turn the heat to medium – low, and squeeze in the lemon juice and grate Parmigiano Reggiano into the mixture. Add the garlic scape pesto, and stir to combine to create a sauce. After the pasta is finished cooking, reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water and add to your sauce mixture and stir. Drain the pasta, and add to the sauce to combine. Make sure to taste and add salt and pepper if needed, and top with Parmigiano Reggiano!
Our NEW line of Fully Cooked Sausages have landed at Safeway stores across the Front Range. Enjoy the same high quality product you know & love from Boulder Sausage, but with half the cook time!
Now available in Italian Peppers & Onions, Jalapeño Bacon and our classic Hatch Green Chile
There are a lot of different ways to incorporate vegetables into an everyday healthy diet, but one of the easiest and most delicious is by grilling them. Open flames reveal the natural, caramelized sweetness of vegetables and a smoky char that elevates the flavor to the next level! With a grill that’s already fired up for the main course of sausage and brats, throwing on some veggies is one of the easiest ways to make a healthy side that everyone will love. Many vegetables do well on the grill, but there are a few that really stand out.
Which Veggies to Grill
We all know about grilled corn or adding mushrooms to kebabs, but there are so many other veggies that shine when grilled! Let’s take a look at some of the best veggies to grill and how they should be prepared.
- Bell Peppers: Seeded and cut into quarters.
- Onions: Peeled and cut into quarters.
- Yellow Squash: Sliced into halves lengthwise.
- Zucchini: Sliced into halves lengthwise.
- Eggplant: Sliced into halves lengthwise, or sliced into thick coins.
- Mushrooms: Remove the stems and cut them into halves. Additionally, you can remove the stem and grill it whole, starting with the gill side down and flipping once half done.
- Asparagus: Trim off ends and lay across the grill to avoid falling.
- Tomatoes: This depends on the kind of tomato. When grilling whole, large tomatoes like red beefsteak tomatoes, slice in half and grill with the sliced side down. You can also buy small tomatoes on the vine, like cherry tomatoes, and grill the whole group together. Keeping them on the vine while grilling lets you move them easier and prevents any from falling through the grates.
- Corn: Pull the silk off and put on the grill while still in the husk. You can remove a couple of outer layers of the husk to allow easier access to the corn itself.
Once the vegetables are prepared, brush them in olive oil to prevent sticking to the grates. The flavor of veggies will be strong, so seasoning with just a little bit of salt and pepper will be enough to do the trick. Also, don’t forget to clean your grill before throwing them on!
How Long to Grill
The grill should be set to medium-high heat to guarantee the best cook throughout. Each vegetable requires a different cook time depending on their size and shape. Start by putting the heartier vegetables on first, like onions and peppers. From there, work up to the more delicate ones that need only a few minutes, like tomatoes.
- Corn: 15-20 minutes in the husk.
- Bell peppers and onions: 8-10 minutes.
- Yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms: 6-8 minutes.
- Asparagus and tomatoes: 4-6 minutes.
Tips for Grilling
- The more surface area the vegetable has on the grill, the more char it will get as it cooks. To get the maximum smoky flavor, place your veggies face-down on the side with the most surface area!
- Avoid moving the veggies around too much to really get those intense grill marks burned in.
- If you want to avoid placing the vegetables directly on the grates, you can always put them in aluminum foil.
- To add some extra flavor once they’re cooked and resting, sprinkle some parmesan cheese over top, or squeeze a lemon to add some zest!
- The vegetables can also go great drizzled with a fresh, homemade sauce, like an avocado sauce or chimichurri.
Grilled vegetables are usually eaten by themselves as a side dish, but try throwing them into different recipes to mix it up! Salads, sandwiches, pizza, and even pasta can all benefit from adding vegetables from the grill. Check out some of our recipes and experiment by adding your own grilled veggies to them.
If you’ve read the ingredient label on a food package, you’ve probably seen “water” more times than not, and never thought twice. I mean after all, water is natural and we’re taught if you can recognize and pronounce all the ingredients, you’re good to go. WRONG! Water is commonly added as an ingredient in creating many food products, especially sausage, and it’s NOT to your benefit…