Italian Sausage with Balsamic Tomatoes, Arugula, Tomatillos, and Feta

Italian Sausage with Balsamic Tomatoes, Arugula, Tomatillos, and Feta
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Italian Sausage with Balsamic Tomatoes, Arugula, Tomatillos, and Feta
Tyler Sullivan

Italian Sausage with Balsamic Tomatoes, Arugula, Tomatillos, and Feta

SWAT team hot dogs had me thinking of my favorite summer grilling and baseball game fare — Italian sausage. I decided to take this favorite and put a little twist on it by adding some of my favorite ingredients. I filled the toasted buns with balsamic sautéed tomatoes, lightly heated arugula, chopped tomatillos, and feta, and topped all of this with sweet Italian sausage. The product was a fresher-tasting (without compromising on the sausage) sausage, complete with bun, toppings, and a little bit of kick. My tip: add hot sauce to enhance the flavor and provide some extra spice. 

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4
Servings
305
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 sweet Italian sausages
  • 1 Teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Cup packed arugula
  • 4 hot dog buns, toasted
  • 2 tomatillos, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup feta crumbles

Directions

In a frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook for 10-12 minutes.

In another frying pan, heat the remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar over medium-low heat, and place the tomato slices evenly throughout the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes , and then turn over. Cook for 1 more minute, and then add the arugula. Cook for 2 more minutes, then turn off the heat and set aside. 

Lay out the toasted hot dog buns and top with desired amount of tomatoes and arugula (I do 2-3 tomatoes per bun). Next, add the tomatillos and feta. Then add the sausage, serve, and enjoy!

Italian Sausage Shopping Tip

Try to use fresh sausage whenever you can; they are full of flavor and don't have the high level of preservatives and nitrates that packaged sausage has.

Italian Sausage Cooking Tip

Fresh sausage should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Italian Sausage Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
20%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Cholesterol
34mg
11%
Protein
20g
40%
Carbs
27g
9%
Vitamin A
45µg
5%
Vitamin B12
1µg
19%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14.5%
Vitamin C
12mg
20%
Vitamin E
0.8mg
3.9%
Vitamin K
15µg
19%
Calcium
156mg
16%
Fiber
2g
8%
Folate (food)
32µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
93µg
23%
Folic acid
36µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
35mg
9%
Monounsaturated
6g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
21%
Phosphorus
187mg
27%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
433mg
12%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
17.4%
Sodium
780mg
32%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
30.7%
Zinc
2mg
14%