Back in 2006 (I believe), the Food Network used Iron Chef to pit Giada DeLaurentis and Bobby Flay against Rachael Ray and Mario Batali. Since the episode aired many times, I can assume many viewers watched. Well, last night I checked Food Network and, lo’ and behold, it’s back for another run.
Foodies know that Food Network’s site is a treasure trove of recipes for recipes shown on the air; however, Iron Chef’s creations are not there. We were so intrigued with Rachael’s Cranberry-Sausage Spaghetti, we watched the episode several times to take notes with hopes of creating a similar version. Let me simply say this is one delish dish!
In the spirit of holiday giving, A Frank Angle provides our home’s version of this unique combination of two unlikely partners.
If you eat like us, this recipe is for two-three bountiful servings. Otherwise, four small servings are possible.
1 link sweet Italian sausage (casing removed)
1 link hot Italian sausage (casing removed)
2 cloves garlic (chopped or sliced)
1 onion (chopped)
1 bunch Swiss chard (strip from stalk, then chop leaves)
1/2 c dried cranberries
16-24 oz unsweetened cranberry juice (won’t use all)
1 tbsp butter
(Optional) Parsley – chopped, enough to sprinkle on serving
Note: Organic unsweetened cranberry use is too tart, thus recommend using a “regular” unsweetened (which is sweetened by another juice instead of a sugar/sweetener).
* Time cooking the spaghetti with the end of the sauce preparation.
- In a large frying pan, brown the sausage, onions, & garlic. Break the sausage apart while cooking (8-10 minutes).
- Add the cranberries.
- Add enough cranberry juice (about 2 cups) to simmer. (Total simmering time 15 min.)
- Bring to boil and reduce. (A good time to prep the chard)
- Continue adding juice as fluid reduces. (Start the water for the spaghetti).
- Add the chard to the mixture.
- Sprinkle mixture with nutmeg.
- Salt to taste.
- Continue simmering (10-12 min.) and add juice when necessary.
- Add butter to the mixture near the end of the cooking. Stir to melt.
- Add cooked spaghetti into the pan. Stir to coat.
- Plate, then top with feta cheese & parsley.
For the holiday season, this Iron Chef episode is reaired on Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 pm.