Sausages with Caramelized Red Onions and Radicchio


Radicchio and sausage balance each other nicely in this hearty dish. Round Chioggia radicchio is commonly available in supermarkets; if you can find it, try the slightly milder, spear-shaped Treviso variety. Add a crusty loaf of bread or some pasta tossed in olive oil, garlic, and chopped Italian parsley to complete the meal.


1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil (divided)
2 medium red onions (halved and sliced thinly, about 5-1/2 cups)
1 large heads of Chioggia or Treviso radicchio (cored and sliced thinly, about 8 cups)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 fully cooked chicken-apple sausages (about 3 ounces each)
  Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Melt the butter with 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and golden brown, stirring often, about 25 minutes.

Add the radicchio and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook over medium-high heat until the liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep the onion-radicchio mixture warm while preparing the sausages.

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in another large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning frequently, until they are well-browned and heated through, about 5 minutes.

Serve the onion-radicchio mixture alongside the sausages.


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