Sunday, September 29, 2013

postheadericon Sausage Caprese Bites

I was excited to try the SA Braii line of sausage, as I had seen them at my local farmer's market and had read about the line here, but I had yet to try them.  So when a blogger friend asked if I wanted to be a part of a fall recipe challenge for the brand, I jumped at the chance.

I picked up the sausages at the Wauwatosa Farmer's Market.  They came frozen, which was very convenient, as I didn't end up cooking them until later in the week.

The sausages are not precooked, so as I thought about how I might want to serve them, I did need to keep this in mind.  Being this was the case (and that it was pouring outside the evening I wanted to cook them), I decided to boil the sausages instead of grilling them.  

I was surprised at how little fat the sausages released while being boiled; I was excited to give them a try! 

I am constantly on the search for tasty, hearty and easy appetizer recipes.  I play in a tennis league where the home team hosts after-match treats for the opposing team.  I decided to make a variation of a caprese appetizer.  I really liked them (warm or chilled) and I think you will too!  

Sausage Caprese Bites
featuring SA Braii Sausage 

4-6 links of SA Braii Sausage, defrosted
2 cups beef broth (you could swap out the broth for beer if you would like)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 large ball of fresh mozzarella
approximately 30 toothpicks

Place the sausage in a large sauce pan.  Add beef broth and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked through.  

While the sausages are cooking, slice the mozzarella into bit sized pieces.  

Drain sausages and cut into slices (approximately 6-8 slices per sausage).  

Carefully stack a slice of sausage, mozzarella and cherry tomato.  Secure with a toothpick. This can be served warm or is equally as good if chilled and served the next day.  

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This post is sponsored by SA Braii Sausages, which is a Milwaukee-area, South African sausage company.  Although I was given sausage to try as part of this post, all opinions are my own.  


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