Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Herbs

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. zucchini and/or yellow summer squash, cut into same size pieces (young squash are best)
2 T + 2 tsp. olive oil
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 lb (4 links) turkey, chicken or pork Italian sausage (I used turkey sweet Italian sausage)
2-3 T chopped mint
3-4 T chopped parsley
(Or use any combination of chopped herbs that appeals to you)
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
1 T capers (or more, next time I’d use at least 2 T, capers can be rinsed if you wish, but I didn’t rinse them)
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 T lemon juice)

Instructions:
Preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. (You can only hold your hand there for about 2-3 seconds at that heat.) If using a grill pan to cook the squash, let it pre-heat on the grill.

Wash squash, cut off stem and flower ends, then cut squash into same-size pieces. I cut the squash into 1 inch thick slices, then cut the bigger slices in half. (If you don’t have a grill pan to cook the squash, make your pieces big enough that they won’t fall through the grill.)

Put squash into a small bowl and toss with 2 T olive oil, plus a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. If you’re using low-fat turkey or chicken sausages, place them in a flat bowl and brush with the 2 tsp. olive oil.

Cook sausage and squash for 15-20 minutes, or until squash is tender-crisp and sausage is lightly browned, firm, and cooked through. (I cooked both my squash and sausage for 20 minutes, but cooking time will depend on the temperature of your grill and whether squash is cooked on the grill grates or in a grill pan.)

While squash and sausage cook, wash, dry, and chop mint and parsley (or herbs of your choice.) Drain Kalamata olives and cut in half. Put chopped herbs, olives, and capers into a bowl large enough to hold all the squash and sausages.

When sausage is done, take it off the grill and cut into 1 inch slices. Put sliced sausage and cooked squash into the bowl with the chopped herbs, olives, and capers and toss. Season to taste with salt and freshly-ground black pepper and squeeze lemon juice over, then toss again. (I used the juice of a whole lemon, but I like a lot of lemon.) Serve hot.

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