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It’s Labor Day!!!! The grills are smoking and the local parades are in sight. Today is a great day for family to just kick back, enjoy the festivities…and eat!!!

Recipe choice for the day: Grilled Sausages with Tomato-Chickpea Crostini!


8 links (about 2 pounds) Italian sausage, pricked with a fork
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 tomatoes–cored, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, 1 clove finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Half of a 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 baguette, cut crosswise on the diagonal into 16 slices
1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 english cucumber, cut lengthwise into 8 spears


Preheat a grill to medium-high. Arrange the sausages on the grate and grill, turning, until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the tomatoes and half of the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes; remove from the heat.

In a bowl, mash half of the chickpeas with the remaining chopped garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil; stir in the whole chickpeas and season with salt and pepper.

Brush the bread slices with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and grill, turning once, until golden, about 1 minute; rub with the whole garlic clove. Working with 1 toast at a time, spread on the goat cheese, then top with the chickpea and tomato mixtures, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with the sausages and cucumber spears.

Recipe Courtesy of: Rachel Ray Magazine

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