Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gourmet. Comfort. Food. (and some new plates)

Since we decided to go on this vacation to Mexico ("only 24 days!" Daniel reminds me), the idea that I've had to lose weight has loomed over me for many months... I love food. I'm not a thin or in-shape person. I'm active... but we love food and beer enough to outweigh that, no pun intended.
In the summer, it is far too hot to do any exercising outside, but now that it has cooled down, I've began walking in the mornings. Walking along one Saturday, I passed a sale with some funky dishes displayed. I picked up two and decided to take them home to Daniel to see what he thought. He thought they were funky... Maybe just funky enough to use for our food photography! I hope they are not too funky... You'll have to tell us what you think ;)
Thinking of that miniature wheel of Gouda from the previous entry that taunted me for weeks... I had to use it up once I cut into it. I browsed my pantry and freezer and found some frozen Aidell's organic Chicken & Apple sausages (which I've mentioned before). Perfect... fruit and Gouda goes great. I also had half a yellow sweet bell pepper, which I thought would compliment the flavors nicely. After roasting the pepper and making a delicious Gouda "mornay," I served it over pasta and it completely hit the spot. The peppers were perfectly sweet, the Gouda was fruity, almost nutty, the Chicken & Apple sausage added a hearty, salty-sweet element and the pasta was a wonderful canvas for it all. Original Recipes
I'm sending it to Presto Pasta Nights as I haven't participated in that for a while. (It is hosted by Judith of Think On It this week check out the roundup this Friday). I'm also sending it to Lore from Culinarty for her Original Recipes Event. Check her blog for the roundup!

This was pretty easy to put together once I put the peppers in to roast and grilled the sausages while I heated the water for boiling the pasta. Once each element was done I threw it together for some delicious comfort food.

Gouda-Cream Pasta with Chicken Apple Sausage
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  • 1 four-pack Aidell's Chicken & Apple sausages
  • 8-10 strips roasted bell pepper (use jarred or roast your own)
  • 3-4 oz dry linguine/fettuccine pasta, cooked
  • olive oil to toss

  • butter
  • white all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-4 oz gouda cheese, shredded
Roast peppers if not already roasted (this can take 30-45 minutes so start before starting anything else - use jarred red peppers for color and ease) Cook sausages using desired method. I like a grill-pan or the George Foreman grill for ease, but using the real grill gives a crispy carmelized element to the sausages). Cook your pasta and toss with olive oil.
Meanwhile, melt 2-3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour to make a roux. Cook 1-2 minutes, then whisk in milk. Bring to temperature, then add cheese. Stir/whisk to distribute.
Slice cooked sausages on a bias. Layer pasta, then peppers, and finally sausages in a bowl. Drizzle with sauce.

Doesn't that look good?! Gourmet comfort food.

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Judith in Umbria said...

Serendipity is even nicer if there is sausage inbolved. Thanks for the entry for PPN.mhjzivi

Ivy said...

Walking is great exercise and I have decided that I should start walking as well. The pasta dish sounds terrific.

Haley said...

Beautiful! I like the plating :)

Corinne said...

judith - yes, very true... especially free range healthy sausage!

ivy - Let me know how it goes! I love walking, low impact, you hardly know you are exercising!

Haley - thanks!

Lore said...

Creamy heaven come my way :D. I just posted the round-up and I chose the photo where you can see the entire plate because it would be a shame not no (love that pattern).
If you wouldn't have asked, I wouldn't have thought about it but now those circles remind me of Batman LOL

Darius T. Williams said...

Ahh - you know...that DOES look good. I love chicken sausage, peppers, pasta, and gouda - lol...of course it only makes sense that it'd go together well!


Corinne said...

Lore you just made me me laugh literally out loud!
Both Daniel and a friend have said that...
I kept seeing hearts and circles at first, and thought maybe the funky black designs around it were letters, but once two people told me batman, I can't help but see it anymore.
Now, I'm on my way to check out the roundup!

Nate-n-Annie said...

That looks soooo delicious! I want some right now!

miss v said...

those plates are very gotham city.

Kevin said...

That looks good. I am going to see if I can find any interesting sausages like those chicken and apple ones.

Ruth Daniels said...

Love the plate, love the dish! Thanks for sharing both with Presto Pasta Nights.

Andrew Abraham said...

Interesting combination... ......I must try it...The chicken recipe is superb...thanks


The Blonde Duck said...

I love it! It sounds fabulous! If I didn't stay on the treadmill 24/7, I wouldn't fit into my house! I'd be like Alice when she drinks the big drink instead of the small!

Dragonlife said...

Dear Corinne!
Greetings from Robert-Gilles in Shizuoka, Japan!
You seem to have a passion for pasta!
As the Missus shares your "addiction", your creations will give me plenty of ideas when I have to cook (twice a week) for her!
Cheers and all that!

Corinne said...

darius - of course!
nate'n'annie - thanks... come on over! ;)
miss v - :D more batman fans.
kevin - search for aidells... I'm sure they have them in CA
ruth - thanks! I can't wait to try some of the PPN dishes!
andrew - you muct try their chicken/mango sausages if you like the idea of chicken apple... they are very good as well.
duckie - That was an excellent visual my dear! And totally true for me too!
robert - hello mr. foodbuzzer! I hope you find something that you and she will like as much as daniel and I do :)

Colleen said...

That is one nice looking plate. What is the design? It really looks good with that food. Thanks for dropping back by and catching my shaggymane blurb. BTW I have red amaranth seeds ready 4 uu, just waiting for the SAE. I bet they will grow good in the desert, if it doesn't get too cold you might be able to have them year round.