I've linked to the real recipe from Food and Wine above, but mine was a slight variation. I left out the smoked mozzarella because more than half the people around the table were lactose intolerant, and I respect that. We all agreed that the cheese wasn't missing at all. I also left out the celery because I despise celery with a passion, and that is just how it is. Finally, I just worked with the sausages I could find: 3 hot and 3 sweet Italian ones that my friend Molly happened to have on hand, and what looked good at the butcher, which was not "weisswurst" and breakfast sausage, which the recipe called for, but Niman Ranch Andouille Sausage and Al Fresco Roasted Pepper and Asiago Chicken Sausages (yes, I realize Asiago=cheese, I thought maybe just a dash of it would be okay for my lactose-averse peeps...it seemed to work out well). This is a really special recipe which requires a ton of grilling (thanks, husband!).
We grilled peppers, sausages and radicchio and chopped them all. That is also a little peach you see on the grill, just because. We ate some on the side, and fed some to the baby. Thumbs up all around. The grill really turned the radicchio into a caramelized, bittersweet, beautiful treat.
You toss all of this loveliness with a dressing made of fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh basil and thyme, garlic and shallots. It is really the best of summer in a bite and so different than the usual fare you see coming off of your backyard grill. With a nice glass of Erik the Red table wine from Toad Hollow this was a fabulous early summer meal.
Thanks to our own "Good Golly" for aforementioned bottle of red and for food photography assistance!