Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Carmela Soprano's Salsiccie alla Griglia - Grilled Sweet and Hot Pork Sausages

It's the middle of August.
It's too hot to cook.
But, for some strange reason, the family still wants to eat.

Okay... fire up the grill.
It gets you out of the kitchen.
And it can make for some fun family moments.
Who can forget Tony using a string of sausages as a stripper's tassles?

Before you do that, make sure the cameras are all packed away.
Really.
And avoid lighter fluid.
Remember AJ's birthday party?
Hospital food still sucks.


Artie's The Sopranos Family Cookbook has a chapter on Grilling - Italian Style.
Perfect.
Let's start with Grilled Sausages.
What's the difference between 'sweet' and 'hot'?
Sweet sausages are seasoned with black pepper and/or fennel.
Hot sausages have crushed red pepper in them.
Now you know.

The guys are big on fresh sausages, like they get from Satriale's.
They don't like packaged sausages.
Who knows what's in it? they ask.
Yeah, well, remember when Christopher had to get rid of a problem?
He did the deed at Satriale's.
I'd rather wonder what - and not who - is in it.

There's a brand of Italian sausages that's often on sale.
Sometimes it even comes with bonus air miles.
Stock up and freeze.
They're also good broiled or in tomato sauce.


Oh, keep a spray bottle of water handy to put out flare-ups.


                        Salsiccie alla Griglia 

Serves 6

2 pounds assorted pork sausages 

Prepare a medium hot charcoal fire.
Place the grill rack 4 inches from the heat.
Place the sausages on the grill.
Cook, turning once or twice, until cooked through.
USE TONGS.
Piercing the skin causes the juices to run out.  Bad.
Serve hot.


Would I make Salsiccie alla Griglia again? 
Sure.
And I'd broil sausages in the winter.
Great with pasta or polenta.


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