So, this past Thursday was Improv reveal day. I missed it. That's not to say I didn't participate--I just waited too long to post. Sigh. I will still give a nod to Kristen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for hosting this once-a-month event. Each month Kristen gives us two ingredients to combine into fun recipes. This month? Sausage and Cheese!
Why did it take me so long this month? Um, maybe because I was having such a hard time working that sausage and cheese into a cinnamon roll? That's probably it...I'm not used to posting non-baked goods. :)
I had to think about this theme. First, the husband and I have been overdoing the processed meats lately (you know the story...diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure...we have it all here). Then, I found some organic chicken and apple breakfast sausage....certainly that can't be bad for us, right? I wrapped a couple up in some scrambled eggs, melted a bit of cheese on top, stuffed it into half of a warm baguette and had myself a portable breakfast sandwich. Super good, but not very creative.
Using baguettes reminded me of Paris and a special "hot dog" I enjoyed from a street food vendor when I was there many years ago. This was no ordinary dog...it was a hot dog smothered in hot mustard and stuffed into a fresh baguette. I had to make one.
Note the Orangina in the background...it wouldn't have been the same without it.
For these beauties I used a chicken and apple sausage that I found at Trader Joe's, a warm "take and bake" baguette that was sliced in half and hollowed out, a bit of shredded cheddar, and some Dijon mustard. Oh yes, I had to buy a bottle of Orangina (which didn't taste like I remembered...probably because they use high fructose corn syrup in it over here). Hubby and I both loved these, but I still felt it lacked in the creative department. I brought out my skillet....
Things started getting a little fuzzy, recipe-wise, at this point. A little olive oil went in first and then some chopped onion and sliced sausage. Later, I added some sliced fresh tomatoes, Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes. It needed some color, so I thought I pulled out some frozen spinach...it turned out to be broccoli... but it turned out okay. Then, I boiled up some whole wheat penne and topped it all off with some Parmesan cheese. Whew.
This was even better the next day...
So, I had a whole day of sausage and cheese and no real recipe to show for it. I can think of worse things.
What would you make with Sausage and Cheese?