Grilled Sausage with White Beans and Escarole

Who here doesn’t love a good plate of franks and beans?I know it carries a connotation of being somewhat of a kid’s meal, in canned form and resembling something along the lines of DEATH AND REGRET. I get it, I do.

So why not fancy it up a bit? Make it a little more adult, a little more sophisticated? Give it the keys to your beamer.

All it takes is a splash of wine, some healthy greens and your tallest stilettos.

(It’s been 5 years since I’ve worn high heels.)



In all seriousness, I could eat this meal 14 times a week. The creamy tuscan cannellini beans, the garlicky escarole, the punchy flavors of grilled Italian sausage. The 3 cups of wine that goes int…..WHAT? I meant 1/2 cup. Whoa Nelly.

I double-dog-dare you to make this. It will reinvent your opinion on the cruelty of what we endured as kids.

Grilled Sausage with White Beans and Escarole:

What it took for 2:

* 2 Italian sausages
* 1 (14.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
* 2 small onions, cut into little wedges
* 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup dry white wine (something you would drink, and actually, should be drinking)
* 1 cup chicken stock or broth
* 1 small head escarole, ends removed and leaves chopped
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* grate parmesan for garnish
* crusty bread (optional, but requested. HIGHLY.)

Preheat your grill to medium. Add the sausages and cook until browned all over and cooked through, 10 minutes.

Transfer to a cutting board to cool a few minutes before slicing.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the onion wedges and cook about 6 minutes, until soft and slightly browning. Add the garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Add the wine and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Toss in the beans, escarole, a pinch of salt and a few good grinds of pepper. Wilt the escarole about 3 minutes.

Spoon the goodness into 2 bowls and serve with the sausage. Top with a few shavings of parmesan. Have some crusty bread on hand. Good, good idea.

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3 Responses to Grilled Sausage with White Beans and Escarole

  1. Jaisa @ hardly housewives December 7, 2011 at 4:22 am #
    Where do you find escarole?! I find it pre cooked with beans at my local Italian grocery store and hit up Whole Foods and my regular super market and. am. desperate. I'm in Chicago so clearly I'm missing something...
    • Bev Weidner December 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm #
      Hey, Jaisa! It should be right next to the lettuces, like red leaf, romaine, etc. If you can't find it you can just sub out your favorite lettuce in its place!
      • Echebbak September 27, 2016 at 11:04 am #
        No, no, no never substitute escarole with lettuce!!! Lettuce gets soggy if you're going to use it in place of escarole. If you can't find escarole then at least substitute with swiss chard or a firm green that can withstand the heat. You just have to cook a bit longer but I swiss chard would be the best. Or you can always try a fruit and vegetable stand. Fortunately I live in New York and can easily find many items that others have difficulty finding in their area.

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