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Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet over Goat Cheese Grits #SundaySupper

This savory Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet is sauteed in Merlot then served over goat cheese grits for a satisfying stovetop meal.

Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet over Goat Cheese Grits | --A comforting gluten free meal!

When I first started cooking, I knew very little about wine. My mom rarely cooked with it, and while I know my parents occasionally had a glass, it wasn’t very common. My mom’s cooking was wonderful, but the flavor didn’t come from wine, it came from butter. And lots of it! (Can I get an amen?)

Needless to say, when I began experimenting with recipes with wine, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. The first time I picked up a bottle for a recipe, I had to google “best wine for beef stew” to help me make my decision. I think I settled on a cheap burgundy (hey, I was still a poor college grad!), and walked home proud of myself for figuring this wine thing out.

Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet over Goat Cheese Grits | --A comforting gluten free meal!

I dug out the small wine opener from the junk silverware drawer. It wasn’t a fancy one. Just a single screw sticking out of a plastic top. But I thought to myself, how hard could this possibly be? (You see where this is going, don’t you). I screwed the corkscrew into the cork then pulled. And pulled. And pulled some more.

My efforts didn’t seem to be working so I unscrewed the corkscrew and rescrewed it. Still no luck. So I did it again. Still no luck. By this time the cork was a mangled mess and I was flustered. I decided this cork was coming out if it was the last thing I did! So I braced myself, applied plenty of pressure, and yanked with all my frustrated, exasperated might.

Annnnnd, I broke the wine bottle. Like, shards of glass were all over the countertop and floating in the wine. The whole bottle was ruined, but gosh darn it, that cork came out.

Thankfully, I’ve come a long way since then. After hearing the story, my mom went out and bought me a nice corkscrew, complete with wings, just to make sure I wouldn’t be breaking any more perfectly good wine bottles. Now, cooking (and drinking) wine has become second nature. But if I’m honest I still brace myself every time I pull the cork.

Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet over Goat Cheese Grits |

Today, the #SundaySupper team and I are sharing recipes with a story. Hopefully everyone else’s are much less embarrassing than my own. Either way, there’s nothing embarrassing about this hearty Chicken Sausage Skillet.

One of my favorite dinners is a simple saute of onions, mushrooms, and peppers with some kind of protein. It’s a complete gluten free meal, it’s incredibly satisfying, and it can easily be made on a weeknight.

This version is glammed up with the addition of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Merlot. Paired with apple chicken sausage, the merlot brings a rich, slightly fruity note to the sauteed vegetables.

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I wanted to serve this saute over something warm and hearty, and these goat cheese grits fit the bill. If you think grits only belong on the breakfast table, this dish just might convince you otherwise. I’ve started to make savory, cheesy grits as a stand-in for mashed potatoes, and I really love the flavor and texture they bring. This version is swirled with melty goat cheese and it makes a wonderful, buttery pillow for the merlot chicken sausage and vegetables. 

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The combination is a strange but wonderful high brow/low brow, Italian meets Southern mash up. You’re gonna love it.



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 Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet over Goat Cheese Grits #SundaySupper

Prep Time 10 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 30 minsCook Time
Total Time 40 mins Total Time
Yields 4


    For the chicken sausage skillet

    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 4 chicken sausage links (I used apple chicken sausage), sliced**
    • 1 yellow onion, sliced
    • 2 bell peppers, sliced
    • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, quartered
    • 1 garlic clove, grated
    • Salt and Pepper, to taste
    • 1/3 cup Gallo merlot wine

    For the grits

    • 4 cups water
    • Pinch salt
    • 1 cup grits
    • 2 Tablespoons butter
    • 2 ounces goat cheese


      For the skillet:

      1. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken sausage and saute until browned. Remove chicken sausage to a plate.
      2. Add the onion and bell peppers to the skillet and saute until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the final Tablespoon of oil along with the mushrooms and garlic clove. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute until mushrooms are browned and softened, another 3-5 minutes.
      3. Pour in the merlot and use it to help scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan (that's where all the flavor is). Add the chicken sausage back to the pan, and allow the mixture to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

      For the grits:

      1. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the grits and pinch of salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough that the grits no longer sink to the bottom, 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 10 minutes then remove cover and give the mixture a good stir, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom well). Repeat for two more 10 minute periods, cooking for a total of 30 minutes.
      2. Remove the grits from heat. Stir in the butter and goat cheese, allowing it to melt.
      3. Serve grits with the chicken sausage mixture ladled on top.


      Recipe Notes

      **Always make sure to check your labels on the chicken sausage if you're preparing this gluten free. Not all chicken sausage is gluten free.
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      • Liz March 23, 2014, 7:17 AM

        LOL, it looks like this latest cork came out just fine! And your skillet dish sounds fantastic…I know it would be a hubby approved recipe at my house!

      • Renee Dobbs March 23, 2014, 7:22 AM

        I’ve mangled some corks but never broke a bottle before. Thanks for that laugh this morning. And thank for sharing such a great recipe too.

        • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 23, 2014, 10:40 PM

          Thanks Renee! Thankfully that’s the only bottle that was harmed in the cork extraction process. I hate to waste wine. 🙂

      • Alice Choi March 23, 2014, 8:40 AM

        Courtney, yes. . amen to the butter!! and omg, loved reading your story. . and thank God you have a decent wine bottle opener now!!! love this Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Skillet dish!!! and served over grits too?! this is like comfort food in a skillet! love it!

        • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 23, 2014, 10:40 PM

          It definitely is skillet comfort food. And I am SO thankful to have a decent bottle opener now. It is a life saver!

      • Family Foodie March 23, 2014, 8:52 AM

        I love skillet meals — what a fantastic recipe and great way to add veggies!!

      • Katie March 23, 2014, 9:39 AM

        Some seriously beautiful colors and textures are going on in this dish; love it! Oh man, the pain of not having a corkscrew that works properly! I know it isn’t the same situation, but a few months ago my fancy Houdini decided it wanted to start malfunctioning…causing me to break almost every cork I tried to extract from a bottle. Why did I continue to use it? I have no clue. You’d see me sitting on the kitchen floor, bottle between my legs to keep it steady, and attempting to use all my arm strength to wrestle the cork out of the wine bottle!

        • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 23, 2014, 10:39 PM

          Haha! Oh man, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has struggled with those corks. I’ve even had pieces of cork floating in the wine. I have to say though, I love my new corkscrew. It works wonders.

      • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious March 23, 2014, 10:12 AM

        Goat cheese grits? I’m all in!

      • Samantha Ferraro March 23, 2014, 12:31 PM

        What a gorgeous dinner! I love the one pot skillet idea and with cheese grits…YUM!!! Happy #SundaySupper! 🙂

      • Hezzi-D March 23, 2014, 1:19 PM

        I’ve also struggled with pulling out wine corks on occasion. This meal looks amazing and has all ingredients that my husband and I love so I know it’ll be a winner at our house!

      • Cindys Recipes March 23, 2014, 1:28 PM

        This skillet dish sounds so good, Courtney!

      • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons March 23, 2014, 2:16 PM

        Amen to butter! Your story made me laugh, because I can so relate. One, because I STILL Google “best wine for ____” almost every time I cook with wine (even after I paid PLENTY of tuition money for a “Wine & Spirits” class in culinary school….some good that did. Two, because I still sometimes struggle with getting corks out. Most of the time, it’s fine, but some of those suckers just don’t want to come out!

        • Courtney @ Neighborfood March 23, 2014, 10:37 PM

          Well that makes me feel a little better. Thank God for Google right? Who knows what kind of crazy pairings we may have come up with on our own. 🙂 I have to say, since I got the corkscrew with wings, I have had no problems with corks. It’s a lifesaver!

      • Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson March 23, 2014, 2:21 PM

        I love the addition of goat cheese to the grits YUM! And I had to giggle at the cork mishap. It sounds like something that would happen to me!!

      • cupcakekalechip March 23, 2014, 3:15 PM

        Forget strange – this sounds perfect!! Though peppers are not a family favorite, so I am thinking I want to try it with zucchini and yellow squash and white wine. Now I’m inspired. And your cork story is hilarious!

      • Sarah R March 23, 2014, 3:19 PM

        Those grits would be heaven!

      • Wendy March 23, 2014, 8:13 PM

        Very nice! I love sautes on top of grits…this is just the kind of meal I like to make on a busy weeknight!!!!

      • Constance March 23, 2014, 8:45 PM

        My mother never ever, ever cooked with any kind of alcohol, I hadn’t either until a few years ago. Now I don’t go a week without! 🙂

      • Melanie | Melanie Makes March 23, 2014, 9:00 PM

        Goat cheese grits? Yes, please! I’d love to try a bit right now!

      • Shaina Wizov March 23, 2014, 9:50 PM

        LOVE the sound of goat cheese grits! Wow…yummmm

      • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere March 24, 2014, 12:12 PM

        I have never had grits, but I think I really need to find some so I can make this dish!

      • Alida March 24, 2014, 10:34 PM

        I can’t stop thinking about goat cheese grits…yum! What a delicious dish!

      • Erin@WellPlated March 25, 2014, 12:41 AM

        Laughing so hard at that wine story. I didn’t break the bottle the first time I tried to open it, but we were definitely drinking a lot of cork pieces, lol. Protein?

      • kimchi_mom March 28, 2014, 10:26 AM

        You’ve come a long way! This is my kind of dish…homey, flavorful, and easy to make! Love the addition of goat cheese to the grits!

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