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Tortellini & Summer Sausage With Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

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Tortellini & Summer Sausage With Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Summer sausage is any sausage that can be kept without refrigeration as it is fermented with a low pH that slows the growth of bacteria.

Why Is The Sausage Named Summer Sausage

Since this meat was traditionally cured during the winter months and remained consumable through summer, it’s possible this was how its name came to be.

Summer sausage is usually a mixture of pork and other meat such as beef or venison.

The sausage meat is dried and sometimes smoked, and while curing ingredients vary significantly, curing salt is almost always used. Seasonings may include mustard seeds, black pepper, garlic salt, and sugar.

It is made with lean meat scraps, to ensure that the sausage does not become rancid during the curing process. Some producers will combine meats for efficiency and flavor variety.

Different brands of summer sausage to choose from include:

  • Old Wisconsin Premium Summer Sausage
  • Hickory Farms Signature Beef Summer Sausage
  • Deli Direct Beef Summer Sausage

Tortellini & Summer Sausage With Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Before making the vinaigrette, boil and cook the tortellini according to package instructions.

1 cup chopped plum tomatoes, remove seeds

1 cup packed coarsely torn fresh basil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

Place the first 6 ingredients and 1/2 cup of the olive oil into a food processor.

While processing, add the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil, and process until well blended. Set aside.

chopped Plum tomatoes in food processor

Chopped Plum Tomatoes In Food Processor

Place prepared tomatoes into a food processor, and put the seeds and veins into a small strainer, and placed it over the opening of the processor to allow the tomato juice to drip off over the cut plum tomatoes.

Next slice sausage into small strips, and slice into threes, 1 cup medium olives.

Tomato Basil Vinagrette at bottom of salad bowl

Preparing Salad Bowl With Basil Vinaigrette & Summer Sausage

Add 1 cup of tomato basil vinaigrette to bottom of a large serving bowl. Next add prepared sausage, and olives.

Add cooled tortellini to the bowl, and mix till ingredients are will coated well with basil mixture.

Tortellini and Summer Sausage with Tomato Basil Vinagrette

Plate and enjoy.

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