Friday, August 22, 2014

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Herbs, Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Herbs, Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon is an easy dinner!

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(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  Phase One Recipes are also Low-Carb and Gluten-Free.  This quick and easy dinner on the grill is perfect for this time of year when gardens are bursting with squash; hope you enjoy!)

For years I've been a fan of Fine Cooking Magazine, so when so when they invited me to sign up for their daily e-mail recipe, I did. Normally I'm not a fan of e-mail like this, but since it was Fine Cooking, I figured at least a few recipes would show up that I'd be interested in. As soon as I saw this one for Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash, I knew it would be a perfect way to use some of the squash that are showing up regularly in the vegetable garden, and I loved the way the flavor of the herbs, capers, Kalamata olives, and lemon juice brightened up the grilled squash and sausage in this dish. I used mint and parsley for fresh herbs, but the original recipe also suggested cilantro and basil, and I think you could use any combination of herbs that appeals to you. Even if you don't have summer squash from the garden, this is a great summer meal that might become one of your favorite quick grilling options for after work.

Cut about 1 1/2 lbs. of summer squash into same sized pieces. I sliced the squash about an inch thick, then cut the larger slices in half. Toss squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

You need 1 lb. of turkey, chicken, or pork Italian Sausage. I used sweet turkey Italian sausage, and if you're using a low-fat sausage, put it in a bowl and brush with some olive oil so it doesn't stick on the grill.  (Be sure to choose gluten-free sausage if you need this to be gluten-free.)

I cooked the squash in this lovely grill pan, but if you don't have a grill pan, cut the squash a little bigger for grill-top cooking. Grill sausage and squash about 18-20 minutes, or until sausage feels firm and is lightly browned and squash is tender. (Precooked sausage will need less time.)

While sausage and squash cooks, finely chop the herbs to make about 1/3 cup and slice olives. Add herbs, olives, and capers to bowl large enough to hold all the squash and sausage.

When sausage is cooked through, remove from grill and slice into 1 inch slices.

Here's how the squash looked when it was tender-crisp, which took about 20 minutes on a medium-high grill.

Toss grilled sausage and squash with the herbs, olives, and capers. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the mixture, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Herbs, Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon
(Makes about 4 servings, recipe adapted very slightly from Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash from Fine Cooking Magazine.)

1 1/2 lbs. zucchini and/or yellow summer squash, cut into same size pieces (young squash are best)
2 T + 2 tsp. olive oil
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 lb (4 links) turkey, chicken or pork Italian sausage (I used turkey sweet Italian sausage)
2-3 T chopped mint
3-4 T chopped parsley
(Or use any combination of chopped herbs that appeals to you)
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
1 T capers (or more, next time I'd use at least 2 T, capers can be rinsed if you wish, but I didn't rinse them)
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 T lemon juice)

Preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. (You can only hold your hand there for about 2-3 seconds at that heat.) If using a grill pan to cook the squash, let it pre-heat on the grill.

Wash squash, cut off stem and flower ends, then cut squash into same-size pieces. I cut the squash into 1 inch thick slices, then cut the bigger slices in half. (If you don't have a grill pan to cook the squash, make your pieces big enough that they won't fall through the grill.)

Put squash into a small bowl and toss with 2 T olive oil, plus a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. If you're using low-fat turkey or chicken sausages, place them in a flat bowl and brush with the 2 tsp. olive oil.

Cook sausage and squash for 15-20 minutes, or until squash is tender-crisp and sausage is lightly browned, firm, and cooked through. (I cooked both my squash and sausage for 20 minutes, but cooking time will depend on the temperature of your grill and whether squash is cooked on the grill grates or in a grill pan.)

While squash and sausage cook, wash, dry, and chop mint and parsley (or herbs of your choice.) Drain Kalamata olives and cut in half. Put chopped herbs, olives, and capers into a bowl large enough to hold all the squash and sausages.

When sausage is done, take it off the grill and cut into 1 inch slices. Put sliced sausage and cooked squash into the bowl with the chopped herbs, olives, and capers and toss. Season to taste with salt and freshly-ground black pepper and squeeze lemon juice over, then toss again. (I used the juice of a whole lemon, but I like a lot of lemon.) Serve hot.

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South Beach/Low-Carb Suggestions:
This would make a great one-dish meal for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any other type of low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan. You could add something like Lake Powell Spicy Rice for phase 2 or 3.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight using The Glycemic Index partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Grilled Summer Squash Ideas to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan from Former Chef
How to Grill Zucchini from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Onions from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang
World's Easiest Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Zucchini Rollatini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese from Ezra Pound Cake
Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Zucchini and Grape Tomato Salad from The Kitchn
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. This looks so good. I'm a huge fan of sausages and always looking for different ways to prepare them. Bookmarking this.

  2. I love grilling sausage during the summer as a quick and easy weeknight meal. The summer squash/herb mixtures sounds seriously tasty!

  3. This looks really delicious, Kalyn.

  4. Looks fabulous Kalyn! Love all the fresh summer ingredients :)

  5. Serendipity! I found a few links of hot Italian turkey sausage in my freezer last week, and with squash from the farm stand, I'll be all set to try this dish. There are so many wonderful types of chicken sausage in the market that would work, too (sun-dried tomato is the variety that comes to mind).

  6. I like the post with such a nice material which is much informative. Thanks.

  7. I'm so glad people are liking the sound of this; I really enjoyed it. Fun that some of you already have the ingredients to cook sausage and squash on the grill!

  8. This looks so yummy - I have some summer squash just waiting to be used, as well as a packaged of sausage in the freezer. Right now, I'm without a grill, but I might try roasting to see what kind of result I get.

  9. TW, I think roasted sausage and squash would still taste good with this combination of herbs, olives, capers, and lemon!

  10. I know I say this all the time, but I am seriously making this!

  11. Kalyn, my husband would LOVE that. (So would I - but he's forever singing the praises of capers and olives.) I wouldn't really ever think to pair them with grilled sausage and squash - brilliant! And if my garden really takes off, I will have plenty of squash to use up. I'll definitely be keeping this one in mind!

  12. Loving this! A very glam way of serving sausages.

  13. Looks so delicious! I don't think I've ever posted on your site, but I've made so many of your recipes, and I can't wait to try this one.

  14. Squash is one of my favorite veggies and I love trying new recipes with squash! Your dish looks fabulous!

  15. What wonderful flavor combinations! This should be a perennial favorite, I'm sure!

  16. We made this tonight- it turned out great! We used cilantro and basil. Didn't weigh the squash and zucchini, just used what we had, which was one big zucchini and an average sized squash. It could've used more vegetables, I think- will add more next time. And there will be a next time! Quick and easy.

  17. Kelly, so glad to hear that you liked it. Thanks for letting me know. Definitely there will be a next time for me too!

  18. YUMMY! I will love this recipe all the way down to my toes. Thanks for the great idea.

  19. Great recipe. Kalamata olives are a perfect addition to any type of dish (sorry I'm Greek, I'm supposed to say that but, well, it's true!). My boyfriend would really appreciate this recipe. It contains sausages! I will probably be making this soon.

  20. Yum! We have some sausages leftover from the 4th in the freezer and I just bought some summer squash at the farmers market. This is a perfect recipe to use stuff I already have, thanks!

  21. I'm definitely surprising my mom with this dish next week, she'll be in heaven!

  22. I made this last night, but roasted the sausage and the vegetables, since I don't have a grill. It was easy and delicious!

  23. TW, thanks for letting us know it will also work by roasting the sausage and veggies. Glad you liked it!

  24. This is just packed with flavour! The zucchini has just started showing up at the farmers market and I am going to have to start picking some up.

  25. One of the best things I have ever made and eaten in the whole of my life. THANK YOU for this recipe!

  26. Mary, I am so glad you enjoyed it that much!

  27. I made this recently, so easy and yummy!

  28. Christina, so glad you enjoyed it.

  29. Never combined sausages with squash and herbs. This looks like a wonderful combination. Will have to try it! Pinned!

  30. Thanks Zerrin. I've been loving your zucchini recipes too.


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