September 28, 2012 by odbrie
It’s fall. Well, it feels like fall the time here in SF which is great if you like to eat hearty foods. Today I decided to cook with the Rogue River Anniversary Blue that I have in my fridge. I also decided that I wanted to use my *new* Le Creuset braiser! What goes well with blue cheese and can be braised? Greens! I stopped by Good Life Foods over on Courtland in Bernal Heights and picked up 3 OG Gala Apples, Collards, and Rainbow Chard. After that I went to Avendano’s to check out their sausage selection.
For those of you who have never been to Avendano’s go. Immediately. They are an amazing butcher shop in Bernal Heights. Get the soup. It’s incredible. Get a sandwich. They smell amazing. I bought 2 of their house made Bourbon and Sage sausages. I thought those two flavors would compliment everything quite nicely.
Now to get started. I am cooking with the following ingredients:
2 Bourbon and Sage Sausages
1 cup homemade vegetable stock
3 OG Gala apples
1 bunch Collards and 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (to taste)
Crushed Almonds (the more the merrier)
Red onion (as much as you like)
Salt and Pepper
and of course, Rogue River Blue.
First, I sautéed the sausage on high heat to brown both sides and then threw it in the oven at 375 until cooked. I learned to cook sausage that way growing up and I stand by that way (besides a grill, but I don’t have one).
Then I used the left over olive oil/sausage fat mix and browned garlic in the braiser. After that I added 1/2 the greens, vegetable stock, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. When there was enough room I added the rest of the greens. I lowered the heat to medium and stirred occasionally. After 15 minutes, I added in the apples and 1/4 raw red onion plus more salt and pepper (to taste) and cooked for another 10.
When this was all done, I used a slotted spoon and drained the braised deliciousness. Then I topped with the crushed almonds, Rogue River Blue, and mixed in the sausage.
Stir and serve! It’s amazing! I brought some to work today to help deal with inventory and it worked!
Recap: Go out and buy Rogue River Anniversary blue. Then go to your local butcher and buy some homemade sausage. Buy some greens and mix with fall veggies and fruit. Braise. Finally mix in the blue cheese and almonds and serve. Delicious! Happy fall and happy cookin’ with cheese!