California Central Coast Recipes

Grilled Skewers of Linguica, Fresh Fennel, Oranges, and Vegetables

Grilled Skewers of Linguica, Fresh Fennel, Oranges and Vegetables are both fun and appetizing to make either as appetizers or a main course when it's hot and you don't want a heavy meal. The grilled orange and fennel gives the sausage a lightly sweet and tangy taste.

Linguica is a smoke cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika. Our local California varieties can be a bit spicy, but you can use whatever kind of sausage your mood and taste-buds are craving. When served as the main course, I suggest grilling a loaf of Pugliese or other peasant bread on your grill with the sausage. Serve the grilled sausage-veggie-fruit skewers with a fresh green salad, the grilled bread and of course a nice wine. If it's not too hot to cook something inside for a few minutes, try serving these skewers on a bed of Golden Orzo with Saffron . It would be out of this world delicious and make an even grander presentation! ©2018, Grilled Skewers of Linguica, Fresh Fennel, Oranges, and Vegetables
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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12 ounces Linguica sausage , cut into one-half inch chunks
1 Fresh Fennel Bulb , cleaned and cut into one-inch pieces
1 Red Pepper , cleaned, seeded and cut into one-inch pieces
1 small White Onion , peeled and cut into one-inch pieces
1 Large Orange , peeled and cut into chunks about one-inch pieces
Extra -virgin Olive oil for brushing meat and veggies
Several wooden or metal skewers

Preparation Directions.

1 Slice the linguica and vegetables into chunks as directed above.

2 Fire-up your grill and start getting it hot.

3 Using wooden or metal skewers, alternate the linguica -or other sausage pieces with the vegetables and orange as shown in the photo. Brush lightly with olive oil.

4 Grill each "kabob" side for approximately 5-8 minutes over medium-low heat or until the sausage is cooked.

5 Serve with a loaf of peasant-style bread, or on a bed of Golden Orzo with Saffron , a salad and a nice bottle of wine.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Serve with a robust red wine like a Nero d'Avola.

A tip from Sue!

Save those Parmesan cheese rinds!

Save those Parmesan cheese rinds when you get through with a brick of Parmesan cheese! They can be used to flavor soups deliciously. Store them in the freezer in a plastic bag, and use as needed.

The Parmesan rinds give unbelievable flavor and soul to soups and will turn a bowl of soup into an "entree" worthy of any guest. I generally use about two ounces of Parmesan cheese rinds to a stockpot of soup. Add them in after you've added the liquid and let them cook along with the rest of your soup's ingredients. You won't be sorry!

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