Nothing says the 4th of July like a BBQ with friends and family. We love to grill in the summer, even more so on holidays, and we’ve enjoyed everything from salmon and steaks to burgers and brats at our July 4th parties over the years. But these Grilled Italian Sausage Wraps stole the show last year. It’s pretty easy to understand why. Perfectly seasoned Italian sausages are an ideal match for the savory bruschetta topping. Roll everything in a flatbread and grill until just crispy. My favorite part? The flavors don’t get lost in some oversized bun.
For those of you who like to do as much dinner prep ahead of time as possible, know that the tomato mixture can easily be made in advance. Even the sausages can be cooked before guests arrive if necessary. And since everyone always asks to help in the kitchen, put them to work. Set up an assembly line and give everyone a job: cut the flatbreads to size, add the grilled sausages, top with bruschetta tomato mixture, roll everything up and secure with toothpicks. A quick visit to the grill, and dinner is served.
A few words about the ingredients. You’ll see flatbreads and roasted tomatoes in the recipe. Both of these items are available at my favorite grocery store. But if you don’t have them at your store, feel free to substitute. A tortilla can easily be swapped for the flatbread. I think naan or pitas would work well, too, if you wanted more substantial bread around the sausages. The tomatoes are oven-roasted and packed in oil (please note these are NOT sun-dried tomatoes in a jar). They are the Divina brand, and I find them by the olive bar at my grocery store. If you have the time and desire, you can roast your own tomatoes and store them with a drizzle of olive oil on top until you’re ready to use them. (Here’s a simple recipe for roasting your own cherry tomatoes from Katie at Katie’s Cucina.) Or I’m convinced a fresh well-drained brushetta topping would also work beautifully. Play around with it and find what works for you.
Do you have any 4th of July food traditions at your house? Share with us. I’ll enjoy reading through them as I sip my Bootleg.
Combine tomatoes, cheese, onion, basil and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
Grill sausages to until cooked through. Keep warm.
Place one sausage on one of the flatbread halves. Place ¼ of the tomato mixture on top. Roll up the flatbread and secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining sausages. Grill 2-3 minutes or until flatbread is crispy, turning once. Serve warm.