Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish-Publix Apron’s Meal

Apron's Simple Meals

About two years ago Michael and I walked into Publix and the scent of grilled sausage greeted us.  Of course we walked right over to the meal demonstration cart and asked for a sample. “Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish” was on the menu that day.  The fruit relish-a mixture of mango, kiwi, and star fruit with white balsamic vinegar-was the perfect compliment to top the sausage.  Yum!  We took the free recipe card home and adopted it into our favorite meals.

Over the course of time I have tweaked the recipe to suit my family’s food bents.  My kids love rice so it replaced the bun.  We don’t prefer star fruit.  Mango and kiwi mixed with the white balsamic vinegar complete our “fruit relish”.  Chicken or turkey sausage fill the role of  “grilled sausage”, depending on which is in the sales flyer.

And may I just say “thanks” to Aldi for making this recipe possible this week?  When I shopped there on Saturday I bought a bag of five kiwi for $.89, one mango for $.49, and chicken bratwurst for $3.99.  That’s right, baby.  Make those groceries stores work for you.   ( I already had rice, apple juice, and white balsamic vinegar at home.)

Here is the recipe according to the Apron’s section of the Publix website.  And if you go there and click on the picture, they will demonstrate how to prepare this meal.  How cool is that?

2 kiwi fruit

1 mango

1 star fruit

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups water

1 cup apple juice

4 fully cooked chicken or turkey sausage links  (I think the Aldi package had five or six)

4 whole grain hot dog buns

1. Peel fruit, remove seeds, (I don’t do this b/c kiwi seeds don’t bother me)and cut into very small pieces (about two cups); place in medium bowl.  Stir in vinegar and salt; set aside.

2. Preheat grill or grill pan.  Combine in medium saucepan, water, apple juice, and sausage links (wash hands- Publix actually tells you to do this in the recipe.  I agree but do people really need to be told to do this?  I guess there aren’t a lot of people handling food safely.  Sorry just my little observation).  Bring to a boil on high.  Reduce heat to low; cook five minutes or until hot.

3. Place sausage links on grill or grill pan (wash hands 🙂 ). Close lid of grill or loosely cover with foil.  Grill 5-7 minutes until outside of sausage is crisp and brown and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use a meat thermometer to accurately ensure doneness.  (It is amazing any of us are alive today since so many of our parents just “eyed it” when checking the “doneness” of our food on the grill when we were kids.)

4.  Place one sausage on each bun and add fruit relish on the side.

 

Tweak this recipe as you wish.  Enjoy!

 

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