Red, white and blue are reflected in the grilled red peppers and white onions, along with a playful blueberry ketchup spread across each sausage. If you want to make this a kid-friendly meal, leave out the crushed red pepper when cooking the fruity condiment.
|2 medium red peppers, cut into thin strips||2 medium plums, skinned, pitted and chopped, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|1 large white onion, cut into thin strips||1 1/2 cups brown sugar, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|6 chicken-apple sausages, precooked||1/2 cup red wine vinegar, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|6 hot dog buns||1 teaspoon ground ginger, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|1 tablespoon olive oil, for the Blueberry Ketchup||1/2 teaspoon allspice, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|3 tablespoons shallot, minced, for the Blueberry Ketchup||1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|2 cloves garlic, minced, for the Blueberry Ketchup||1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper (optional), for the Blueberry Ketchup|
|3 cups fresh blueberries, for the Blueberry Ketchup||Salt and black pepper, for the Blueberry Ketchup|
Make the ketchup: In a heated saucepan, add olive oil. When oil is hot, stir in shallots and garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes over medium-high heat. Add blueberries, plums, sugar, vinegar, ginger, allspice, lemon juice, and red pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, until blueberries have almost entirely broken down and the sauce has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Add a final squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the ketchup’s flavor. Stir and then spoon into a bowl or glass jar. Refrigerate until chilled and thickened, about 2 to 3 hours.
When ketchup is almost ready, heat gas grill to medium-high. (You can also use a grill pan.) Place red peppers and onions either in a fine-mesh grill pan or in an open-face aluminum foil packet on the grill—just so the vegetables don’t fall through the rack. Cook about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When veggies are almost done, grill sausages 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. Toast the buns on the grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove veggies and buns from grill.
Assemble hot dogs: Top them with red peppers, onions and blueberry ketchup.
Note: You can make the ketchup up to several days in advance. Simply store covered and refrigerated.
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