Stewed Sweet Sausages in Fennel-Tomato Sauce
A big pot of simmering red sauce makes chef April Bloomfield think of the home kitchen of her former boss Ruth Rogers. This is Bloomfield's version of the sauce, with sausage and big pieces of fresh fennel added. “I just love slow-cooked fennel,” she says. “It gives the dish a nice, soft creaminess with the slightly bouncy sausage.” Slideshow: More Sausage Recipes
The stewed sausages can be refrigerated for up to 2 days; rewarm before serving.
Small, spicy dried red Mexican pequin chiles are available at Latin American markets and specialty food stores.
For these sausages, look for a wine that has a lot of juicy red fruit but not a lot of tannins.