Italian Sausage with Broccolini and Grapes

Leave it to the cool culinary cat Mark Bittman to add grapes to a savory dish. Grapes!

I can’t believe I just called someone a cat. Does this mean I have to join a swing band now?


Of course I know he didn’t invent adding grapes to something and I know I’ve seen it done before. But my only experience with adding grapes to, well, anything involves fermentation, repetitive pourage into my mouth hole, and phrases like, “WHO WANTS TO SEE ME TRY TO FLY.”

My mom just fainted.


I’ve crushed on Mark Bittman (oh don’t look so surprised) for years now, so in the new Cooking Light issue when he told me to put green grapes in my savory sausage dish, I said, “whut up!” and fist bumped the magazine. But it fell to the floor before I got the chance to do that little part where your hand explodes after the fist bump. So I just picked it up and said I was sorry to Mark. For dropping him.

And then I made his dish.

Ohhh my goodness grapeness (sorry), this FOOD. I had to willy nilly a tad-a-roo, based on what was available at my store. And instead of boiling the greens I sauteed them. But everything else is straight up MB. That’s what I call him. MB. Hey, at least it’s not MARKY MARK, thank yewwww.


This was like, the PERFECT meal for me. I’m in love with every element of it. Of course Italian sausage massages my soul fibers, and broccolini is crunchy yet soft and so divine. And it’s no secret I would put on a nice dress for slightly caramelized onions. But those grapes. THOSE GRAPES.


Is it too soon for a little “Girl From Ipanema” on vinyl?

What about the planet of grapes? Get it!? Grapes? Not Apes?


Italian Sausage with Broccolini and Grapes:

(adapted from Cooking Light)

What it took for 2:

* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 (7 oz) package of broccolini, cut into 2-inch pieces
* 2 Italian sausage links, casings removed
* 1 cup green grapes, halved
* 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4th cup white wine
* 1 tsp red wine vinegar
* 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet over medium high. Add the broccolini and saute until crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Throw in a little pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm in a bowl.

Back in the skillet add the sausage. Break up with a wooden spoon and saute until browned all over. If you need to add a smidge more oil, that’s fine. Toss in the grapes and another pinch of salt and pepper, cook 2 more minutes. Remove from skillet and add to the broccolini bowl.

Back in the skillet, add the last Tbs. oil. Toss in the onions and cook until they start to soften, 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the wine and cook 2 minutes, until it’s burned off. Then add the broccolini and sausage mixture back to the skillet. Toss in the vinegar, give it a good toss and you’re done!

Taste it. Salt? Maybe, maybe not.

Serve it with parmesan cheese, which I TOTALLY forgot about and cried buckets as soon as dinner was over.

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18 Responses to Italian Sausage with Broccolini and Grapes

  1. Cassie April 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm #
    Oh goodness, this sounds dreamy, Bev! I bet the grapes are a perfect pair for sausage. I love roasted grapes, I'm sure this is amazing!
  2. Villy @ For the love of Feeding April 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #
    Mmmm, sounds delicious! I've actually had roast chicken and pork with grapes and they were spectacular!
  3. Kathy - Panini Happy April 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm #
    You convinced me - I need to try this! Love sweet and savory combos. Love MB. :-)
  4. Stephanie Wise April 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm #
    Grapes in savory things = my new obsession. So delicious! And I share in your love of all things Mark Bittman.
  5. claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #
    You're one cool cat, Bev. Now, I've been dying to try this, it looks SO good!!
  6. Julia {The Roasted Root} April 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm #
    Grapes and sausage together sound great! I have always enjoyed the sausage/apple combo, and I think the texture and sweetness of grapes would be a perfect pair. Broccolini sounds fun too - the whole thing looks lovely!
  7. Deanna B. April 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
    I love roasted grapes with sausage. I can't remember where I saw it first, but I want to say it was in a certain Naked Chef's book. Can I come over for dinner? I'll bring the fermented grapes!
  8. Shefali Lindsey April 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm #
    Another GLUTEN-FREE dish girlfriend can make with her hubs! Now, excuse me while I wipe up some drool after reading this post!
  9. Robert Richards Recipes April 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm #
    This is exactly the type of recipe I was looking for to make for my friends who will be visiting this weekend. So, thanks for the recipe and I'm anxious to make it!
  10. Julie @ Table for Two April 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm #
    i'm so in love with broccolini, i haven't had it in ages and you just reminded me i need it in my life.
  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm #
    I'm loving everything in this dish, especially those grapes!
  12. myfudo April 6, 2012 at 7:59 am #
    The grapes balance the flavor. Love the fruity flavor in this too...
  13. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} April 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm #
    Ooo. I love grapes in savory dishes! This looks perfect!
  14. Karriann April 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm #
    Another dish that's nothing short of awesome really ;) "Spice it Up"
  15. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out April 8, 2012 at 1:31 am #
    This sounds great! Crazy carb lover over here wants to toss it with some pasta, though. Because obviously I have a serious issue and need some carbs with EVERYTHING in my life. Grapes. Whoda thunk?
  16. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids April 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm #
    I am three days behind of reading blogs, which means that I have missed you and your sweet humor. Catching up today and starting here with this beautiful recipe. Yummy!
  17. Krista T. July 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm #
    How vital is the vinegar at the end?
  18. Janis October 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm #
    My son made this for me. I fell in love with the flavor. Didn't know what to expect as never had grapes with savory. It was out of this world, asked for recipe and will be making it soon for my husband. Thank you.

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