SnackIshan Jain

Warm Sausage Dip with Fire Roasted Tomatoes & Mascarpone Cheese

SnackIshan Jain
Warm Sausage Dip with Fire Roasted Tomatoes & Mascarpone Cheese

This sausage dip was inspired by my husband, Mike, who makes a version of this dish for every important football viewing event. He likes it because there are very few ingredients, it’s quick and easy to prepare, and it ALWAYS elicits great feedback. Make sure to cook the sausage until it is fully cooked through and well crumbled. Mike likes to serve his dip with Fritos Scoops, but you can select your choice of potato, corn or tortilla chip.

Active Time: 30 minutes
Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

2 hot Italian sausage links
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 garlic clove, grated
14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes
small pinch red pepper flakes
8 oz mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream
¼ cup grated pecorino

Preparation

Remove the sausage meat from the casing. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the sausage meat until browned and well-crumbled, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to bowl. Add the olive oil to the same pan. Turn the heat to medium and add the diced onion and ½ teaspoon of salt. Sauté until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.

Return the sausage to the pan, along with the canned tomatoes, red pepper flakes mascarpone, sour cream, and pecorino. Stir to combine and cook for a minute or two to blend the flavors.

Transfer the dip to a small fondue pot or little cast iron cauldron. Serve immediately with potato, corn or tortilla chips.