Yankee Chef

Want an easy and flavorful salad this grilling season or any time of year? This Yankee inspired salad is a great entrée as well, but especially suited to prevent you from returning over and over again to the 'grill-master' for another burger.

1 box (8.5 ounce) corn muffin or corn bread mix

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

3 ounces mushrooms, sliced

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and julienned*

1 green onion, sliced thinly

4 ounces fresh baby spinach

1 green, red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Tangy Sausage Dressing:

1/2 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage links

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Stir muffin mix, eggs and milk until combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top and it springs back in the center when touched. Remove from oven to cool completely. Cut cooled cornbread into cubes; set aside.

In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter or margarine and melt over medium-high heat. Add green onion, green pepper and julienned tomatoes. Grill, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the cornbread cubes and continue cooking until cornbread is starting to crisp, another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare Tangy Sausage Dressing.

Slice sausage links into 1/4-inch slices. Add to a large skillet, over medium heat, and cook until no longer pink in the middle, about 2-3 minutes, turning each slice over. With a slotted spoon, remove cooked sausage to a dish; set aside.

Return skillet to heat and add remainder of ingredients. Bring to a boil. stirring to lift up sausage fonds from the bottom of the pan, and let reduce slightly, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sausages back into the skillet, mix well.

While Dressing is cooking, toss spinach, mushrooms and cornbread mixture in a large salad bowl. Pour Tangy Sausage Dressing into bowl of greens and toss. Evenly divide among serving bowls and serve immediately.

Enough for 4-6 servings

*Of course you can also simply added chopped, fresh tomatoes on top of salad when serving.


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