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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Invent-a-Supper: Mixed Veg With Italian Sausage and Artichoke Tapenade

I invent-a-suppered it for dinner tonight. Crap photo, sorry.

Back in the day, that'd mean something with butter and cream. Nowadays, it's with veggies and crazy things like that.

Tonight's? Mixed veg of many kinds, Italian sausage meatballs, and artichoke heart tapenade. Total score!

Here's how it went.

2 hot Italian sausages, meat squeezed out and shaped into 3/4-inch balls
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium leek, chopped
1 green pepper
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 a medium zucchini
1/2 cup snap peas
1-2 baby bok choys, chopped
8 asparagus stalks, chopped
4 large cloves garlic
1/2 lemon
1/3 cup artichoke tapenade (mine is a President's Choice product here in Canada -- olive oil, artichokes, and parmesan -- you could probably mash 1/3 c canned artichokes with the parmesan [2-1 ratio?], add a little olive oil for texture, lemon juice for kick, and get the same results)

Cook the meatballs until they're good, then reserve until we're there.

In the same saute pan or wok, add a little olive oil. Saute the onions and leeks till the onions are translucent. Add the rest of veggies and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. After the veg start to cook, add the meatballs back in, and keep cooking for a couple minutes, then add your artichoke tapenade in, mix well and cook long enough to warm through. Check your seasoning, add more s+p if needed.

Sprinkle with lemon juice.

Eat and be merry. Mine, I'm being bad and enjoying with roasted potatoes, but it'd probably be great tossed with some pasta, or just served with crusty bread, or something.

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