tuscan vineyard sausage & grape bruschetta

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~ tuscan vineyard sausage & grape bruschetta ~

A new twist on bruschetta! We love the classic bruschetta and artichoke bruschetta recipes too…and caprese…and easy breezy caprese…and almost all types of mushroom crostini….but this is something really different for you to try. Perfect for a romantic wine lunch or girlfriends lunch, or as a wine tasting party appetizer. Jeff and I had this for lunch yesterday and it was even better than we imagined it would be.

1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage

1 small red or white onion, chopped

1 or 2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon fennel seeds

1 lb. seedless red grapes

French or Italian bread


salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

chopped parsley

If the sausage is in link form, remove the casings. Saute the sausage, onion, and fennel until onion is transparent. Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute before adding the grapes. Mash the grapes slightly to release the juices. Lower heat to keep warm while you make the crostinis.

While the sausage grape mixture is warming, make your crostinis by slicing thick pieces of bread, buttering each slice (on both sides) and toasting them on a griddle or skillet over medium heat until golden brown.

Remove the crostinis to a serving platter or individual plates. Top with the bruschetta mixture, garnish with salt pepper and a little chopped parsley if you wish.

Enjoy with a glass of your favorite wine!


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  9 comments for “tuscan vineyard sausage & grape bruschetta

  1. April 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Great variation on this…looks wonderful!

    • Melissa
      April 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      thanks Scott! 🙂

  2. April 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Love your bruschetta – makes a wonderful change from the usual tomato/garlic/basil! Looks so fresh 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Charles! Thanks so much! Thinking of you this weekend as I work on your French press cozy 🙂 sorry it’s taken me so darn long. the first one I made was all wrong.


      • May 2, 2012 at 2:21 am

        Hehe, no worries, no rush! It’s already very kind of you to think of me 🙂

        • Melissa
          May 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

          well, I’ll get it to you eventually 😉 hee hee

  3. April 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    These sound so unique and delicious. I bet it would be great in a panini with some fresh mozzarella, or maybe Gorgonzola.

    • Melissa
      April 28, 2012 at 5:33 am

      I love those ideas Brianne 🙂 yum!

  4. Linda Leone
    April 10, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Melissa, thanks so much for your email reply to my comment on your chicken with grapes. I do hope you try Ina’s recipe. This recipe is definitely a keeper. It will be made for the next time I have company. I love all kinds of crostini or brushetta.

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