Preparing this dish will fill your home with the most intoxicating aroma ever. The smell alone may be enough to inspire the occasional home cook to prepare dinner on a regular basis. A mixture of orange juice and wine is infused with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and anise seed, then poured over sautéed apples, pears, and sweet Italian sausage and baked. The meal tastes just as wonderful as it smells.
This recipe is excerpted from Cooking Confidence.
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We found this rather bland. I did not have anise seed, so I used star anise that I have on hand as I did not want to buy the seed for 1 recipe. Maybe that's why it was so bland as I left it whole & took it out with the cinnamon & ginger. Other than that, I followed the recipe. The sausages basically boiled. The apples turned to mush. Perhaps I left the dish in the oven too long? The pears were fine. When reheating the leftovers, I browned the sausage in a fry pan, added the fruit, and when heated through, added the liquid. It was better - more flavor. But, I won't be making this again as the request of my husband.
I have a question. The recipe states to peel the pears and apple. Yet the picture of this dish clearly shows that the fruit still has its peel/skin.
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