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Summer Potluck Recipes with Harris Teeter Sausage

How many pasta salads can one potluck or picnic have?  Next time you’re invited to bring a dish, mix it up with one of these hearty and summer-friendly sausage potluck recipes.  From brunch to fiesta, we have you covered with these three easy to make crowd favorites featuring fresh Harris Teeter Sausages.  

Breakfast Mac

Everyone loves a mac ‘n cheese – but our Breakfast Mac features cooked Harris Teeter Breakfast Sausage Links mixed in with the creamy, cheesy noodles.  And the topping?  You guessed it – biscuits!  Good thing this dish feeds a crew because everyone will want seconds!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. Harris Teeter Elbow or Shell Pasta
  • 12 oz. Harris Teeter Original Breakfast Sausage Links, cut into ½ slices
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Salted Butter
  • 6 Tbsp. Harris Teeter All Purpose Flour
  • 4 cups Harris Teeter Whole Milk
  • 4 cups Harris Teeter Thick Cut Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Harris Teeter Thick Cut Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 Harris Teeter Large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 can Harris Teeter Buttermilk Jumbo Flaky Biscuits



Directions:

  1. Prepare biscuits according to package directions until golden.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  2. Preheat the oven for cooking the macaroni to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Cook pasta until al dente, then drain and add to a large bowl.  Meanwhile, brown sausage in a large skillet until cooked through and brown.  Remove the cooked sausage from the skillet and add it to the bowl with pasta.  

  4. To the same skillet (with the reserved grease) add the diced onion and bell pepper.   Add the salt and cook on medium heat until softened, about 4 minutes.  Add the vegetables to the sausage mixture.

  5. Add the butter to the pan and melt over medium heat.  Scatter the flour on top and cook for two minutes until a golden paste forms.  Slowly pour in the milk.  Whisk constantly until smooth and the mixture comes to a low simmer, about three minutes.  Remove from heat and add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese and all of the mozzarella.  Stir until smooth.  

  6. Pour the cheese into the sausage mixture and stir to combine.

  7. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and pour the macaroni in.  

  8. On a cutting board chop the biscuits into crumbs.  Add the crumbs to a medium bowl with the beaten eggs and the remaining 2 cups of cheese.  Stir to combine and sprinkle on top of the macaroni.

  9. Bake the macaroni for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling and golden.



Queso Fundido with Sausage

Our Queso Fundido with Sausage is the party app everyone wants more of.  Make it in a cast iron skillet if serving this queso at home - or pour it into a crockpot to keep it warm for hours.  Serve it a crisp Mexican lager and tortilla chips to get the party started!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Harris Teeter Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 small red onion (or half of a large one), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup Harris Teeter All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Mexican lager-style beer
  • 1 ½ cups Harris Teeter Whole Milk
  • ½ cup chopped Harris Teeter Jalapeno Slices, plus 2 Tbsp. pickling juice
  • 4 cups Harris Teeter Fancy Shredded Nacho Taco 3 Cheese Blend
    Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro, chopped fresh tomatoes, and lime wedges



Directions:

  1. Cook the sausage, stirring, in a large skillet over medium-high heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and pour off any excess rendered fat, reserving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. 

  2. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, until the flour is golden, 1 minute. Pour in the beer and bring to a boil. 

  3. Stir in the jalapenos and pickling juice and cook 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk, whisking, and bring to a gentle boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. 

  4. Add the cheese and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese fully melts, about 3 minutes, but do not bring to a boil!

  5. Stir in the reserved sausage. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with the cilantro, salsa and lime wedges, then serve warm with dippers






Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dip

In the mood for biergarten food?  You’ll want to make this Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dip!   It’s the perfect dish to serve a crowd of hungry guests and a great app for any barbecue.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings

Bratwurst Ingredients:

  • 18 oz. package (5 links) Harris Teeter Package Original Bratwurst
  • 1 tube Harris Teeter Crescent Rolls
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water
    2 tsp. poppy seeds

Dip Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Harris Teeter Sauerkraut, drained
  • ½ cup Simple Truth Organic Mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika, optional

Directions:

  1. Cut the uncooked bratwurst into 1” bites to make 5 bites per link.  

  2. In a large skillet, brown the links until browned on the outside and cooked through, about 10-15 minutes on medium heat.  Place the lid halfway on the skillet while cooking and stir often.

  3. Remove the brats from the pan and allow to cool.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or a baking mat.

  5. Unroll the crescent rolls and divide each of the eight crescent triangles into three pieces with a knife.  Using your fingers press each section of dough out into a 2-3” long piece, then roll it around one piece of cooked bratwurst.  Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Repeat the process with the remaining 23 pieces of dough.  You’ll have one extra bratwurst piece if all works out.  You have permission to eat it now!

  7. In a small bowl whisk the egg and water together, then brush on top of each bratwurst bite.  Sprinkle the bites with poppyseeds, then place the tray in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden.

  8. Meanwhile, combine all of the dip ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth.

  9. Serve the Bratwurst Bites warm or at room temperature along with the chilled dip.


Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.