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My Quest has Ended, Thanks to Delicious Sweet Italian Sausage with Sun Dried Tomatoes


I have been on a quest. An elusive one that has driven me to the point of almost cheating. But fortunately, I haven’t succumbed to it yet and today’s posting is the reason why.

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What, you ask? Danny’s on a quest for steam? Of all things…steam?

Let me explain. There’s something beautiful about it – the swirls and white wisps dancing over the food ascending higher until it dissipates. They’re fleeting and if not captured just at the right moment — gone.

I’ve wanted to cheat. But how do you cheat with steam? Well, I’ve read how some photographers use smoke machines behind the food to replicate this beautiful moment. I have a handheld steamer sitting in the laundry room and I have thought about using it. But in all honesty, it’s been more a factor of laziness that has prevented me from doing so.

But on this wonderful evening and with this simple, yet wonderfully flavorful recipe, I caught that elusive moment on camera. For you camera buffs and photographers, I hope you can relate.

For those of you just interested in the recipe, keep reading because it’s delish!

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What makes this dish outstanding are the bits and pieces of celery, onion and sun dried tomatoes that add texture and a deep, sweet flavor to every forkful. And when served with hearty brown rice, it’s a truly satisfying meal.

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As always, may you enjoy the recipe and my prized “steam” photo above! :)

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Sweet Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Serves 2
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Website 1227 Foster


  • 6 Sweet Italian Sausages
  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Large Tomato (cut into chunks)
  • 4 stalks Celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (Slices)
  • Black Pepper
  • Basil
  • Cooking OIl
  • Brown Rice (Cooked according to package directions)


Step 1
In a large pan, drizzle cooking oil and heat. Once hot, add in onion and sauté until translucent.
Step 2
With a pair of kitchen shears, cut uncooked sausage into bite-sized chunks and add to the onions. Continue to heat until sausage pieces are cooked through and browned, mixing well.
Step 3
Add in garlic and celery and stir together for a few minutes.
Step 4
Toss in tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes then season with pepper and basil. Continue to heat over low-medium fire until tomato chunks break down and create a light sauce.
Step 5
Serve over brown rice and enjoy!

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous steam photo Danny! I like that you haven’t let yourself fake it. I am with you on that. I have read about so many food styling techniques that “fake it” and I just can’t bring myself to do it. And you just proved that it can be done! Beautiful!
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    • Thank you so much! Means a lot coming from a photo pro like you! :)

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    • I was ecstatic when I got the shot — thank you Elen :)

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  2. Bravo! It’s always exciting capturing those elusive moments. It’s only recently I’ve managed to capture steam, so I can appreciate your joy!

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    • I still remember your great “steam” photo Johnny! Thanks!

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  3. Danny: My husband, Michael (aka the Butcher), makes an incredible sweet Italian Sausage. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I don’t think I’ll try for the “steam” photo. I will save that for you. :)

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    • Thank you Mauri — enjoy the recipe with your own private reserve of sausage :)

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  4. Lovely simple recipe which I would have enjoyed even without your quest for the elusive steam:)! Love your use of the oft underused brown rice and the fact that you add the garlic somewhat later. My second husband was a restaurant crtic, food writer and a competent cook himself: one of the first things he taught me was not to ‘moider’ the garlic by using it too early :) ! Have a lovely weekend !!!

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    • Thanks Eha! It was a really great tasting recipe — the “steam” was just icing on the cake. Because of the cooking of the sausage, I didn’t want to overcook the garlic so glad I did the right thing :)

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  5. I know exactly what you were trying to capture with that steam effect & have tried myself so many times. You’ve only got a few seconds to really be able to get it so congratulations to you.
    Now for that recipe – yum!

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    • I kind of laugh now Diane in that the post was all about steam, but fortunately, the recipe is just as amazing :) Thank you!

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  6. Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

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    • Thank you so much Karista — I was so happy to have captured the moment and share it with all of you :)

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  7. I adore simple recipes like this one especially now since my kitchen is being renovated. Looks beautiful and delicious

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    • Kathy, can’t wait to see/hear more about your renovation — exciting times! :) Thanks so much!

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