Recipes using sausages
This is an adaptation of a Romanian dish called Mitetei but using Kensington Chipolatas.
The day before blacken the peppers under the grill until all the skin blisters and you can peel them easily. Skin, seed and cut them lengthwise into strips. Marinate overnight in 3 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar.
Remove the skin from the Kensington chipolatas. Pound the garlic and mix it with the mince from the Kensington chipolatas along with the all spice. Leave the mixture for an hour or so for the garlic and All Spice to blend.
Brush the grill with oil and put the little sausages about a reasonable distance from the heat...about 8cm. They will take between 7 - 8 minutes, turned once.
Serve straight from the grill on thick slices of bread topped with the marinated peppers.
I made this soup the other day using our new Frankfurters, streaky bacon and baby potatoes rather than the floury ones that would produce a thick soup. The quartered baby potatoes remained intact. The smokiness of the Frankfurters and the bacon made a considerable difference to the flavour of the soup.
4 streaky bacon rashers, chopped
Amy Cook & Paul Stavrinos own a very enterprising Mobile Kitchen that produces very different food.
Unfortunately they are a long way from South Africa as they are based in Cheadle near Manchester in the North of England. The Guardian found out about them and reproduced this recipe that you can try with PJS Swiss Bratwurst!
2 large white onions, thinly sliced
Fry the bratwurst in a little vegetable oil till browned, then remove from pan. Add the onions and fry until soft and sweet. Add the garlic and the peppers and continue to fry for a further 5 minutes, then put the bratwursts back in and stir for another minute.
Add the mustard, sun-dried tomato paste and flour and stir together until all the ingredients are coated. Pour in the chicken stock and stir well.
This is best served with warm crusty bread or crushed new potatoes and garnished with fresh parsley. Sauerkraut is a good side dish too.
In other words meatballs with fennel in a sauce. We've actually made most of this for you.
400g PJS salsiccia mince
The pasta...I'd opt for Linguine.
Roll the salsiccia mince into balls about the size of a walnut.
With about 15 minutes to go cook the linguine. Drain and stir in the
This is how I make it and I naturally use my own diced streaky bacon rather than a cheap pancetta because I know where it comes from. I learnt this method from Deidre Heekin and Caleb Barber and what really makes it work is only using egg yolks.
For 2 people you need:
4 egg yolks
Add the egg yolks and olive oil to a large bowl...big enough to take the pasta as well. Then add the grated Padano on top. When the bacon bits are ready add them on top of the Padano as this will act as a barrier to prevent the heat reaching the egg. You can also add some chopped parsley if you like.
When the pasta is ready drain, but ensure it is not dry! Add to the bowl and stir rapidly into the sauce. Add salt and lots of black pepper to taste...a little more olive oil if necessary. Serve and devour immediately with a glass of red wine.
This really is fast food as it takes as long as the spaghetti takes to cook. It's even great for breakfast, as a snack...late at night after a show....any time.
A seasonal sausage meal that also works as a salad the following day
Slice two Romano peppers in half lengthways. Halve a red and a yellow pepper, remove the seeds and core, then cut each lengthways into four pieces and put them in a large roasting tin. Halve two courgettes lengthways, then cut each half into thick chunks. Halve six medium tomatoes, then add them to the courgettes and peppers in the roasting tin. Pour over six tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper (be generous) then add two tablespoons of chopped thyme and toss the vegetables in the oil. Tuck six plump and herby sausages among the veg. Bake for about 35-45 minutes at 180C, turning occasionally until you have tender vegetables, golden sausages and lots of cooking liquid. Serve with chunks of bread to soak up the gloriously fruity juices. Serves 3.
It's all about the juices. Get hold of some great bread to accompany this. Sourdough possibly, or a light and airy ciabatta will do fine. The point here is not only the sizzling sausages and tender vegetables, but the sweet, thyme-scented cooking juices. Chunks of decent bread ensure that you won't waste a single drop.
I avoided putting garlic in this, but you could if the mood takes you. You could also cook it more slowly, on the hob instead of in the oven, letting the mixture sweeten and concentrate. Cool, chill and serve as a salad the following day. An aubergine or two wouldn't go amiss either.
Sausages and lentils are a marriage made in heaven. Here they combine to make a dish that’s really earthy. Toulouse sausages are the perfect variety to use, but Cumberland sausages work just as well. Serve with a creamy potato and leek mash.
You will need
2 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parlsey, to serve
Ojja bil Mergaz (Tunisian Eggah with Sausages)
3 - 4 Tbs Olive Oil
Heat the olive oil in a large thick frying pan. Add the potatoes and
sauté lightly. Add tomato concentrate, harissa diluted in a little
water, the garlic, caraway seeds and paprika.
This is obviously designed for the Merguez but it would work just as well with Chouriço.
Salsicce e Fagioli
This is a Tuscan recipe and is perfect using PJS Salsiccia. I'm not one for using dried beans, I'd rather open a tin!
1 tin cannellini .......you could use 500g of dried cannellini soaked
If you are using the dried beans you are going to have to cook them
for about an hour to an hour and a half until the beans are tender and
you must add 2 of the cloves of garlic and 1 sprig of sage after you
have simmered them for about half an hour and removed any scum....add
salt and pepper to taste.
In a large saucepan add the olive oil and fry the sausages on a medium
heat until brown on all sides...a light brown. Add the third garlic
clove and the sage. As soon as it begins to heat up add the tin of chopped
tomatoes. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the tomatoes have melted
into a sauce.
This is a very popular Tuscan recipe and I have adapted it from one by Tessa Kiros.
The BEST Sausage Casserole
This is a wonderful comforting and warming dish! Use your favourite varieties of sausages to create the best Sausage Casserole and serve with rustic bread. I used pork, black pudding & apple sausage and red onion marmalade pork sausages from the farmers market... delicious!
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
* This casserole freezes brilliantly.
You will need:
Heat oven to 200C/180C . Toss the onion and sausages with the oil in a shallow roasting tin. Bake for 25 mins, shaking the tin once for even browning.
Meanwhile, boil potatoes for 12-15 mins until tender, then run under
cold water and drain. Mix the mayo, yogurt, spring onions and sweetcorn.
Thickly slice potatoes and stir through, then season.
Add chutney to the sausages and onions. Cook for 5 mins more, until sausages are cooked and sticky.
Serve with potato salad.
We made this Penne Puttanesca last week with PJS Italian Salsiccia. I warn you, it's amazingly filling! The olives blend well with the tomato and the capers contrast with it.
Obviously the Penne, about 500g.....and I'm not going to tell you how to cook that!
Fry the sausage on a low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes turning once. Then remove from the heat and cut them into bite-size portions. Don't forget it will take about 15 minutes to cook the penne.
In a large frying pan, the same one if you are me, add the olive oil, butter and garlic and when the butter is melted add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat.
Then add the sausage, tomato, red pepper and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the basil, and simmer for another 5 minutes and then add the black olives and capers and reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
Strain the penne in a colander and return to the pot and add the sauce, stirring gently until the penne is well coated.
Serve with grated Parmesan.
Theoretically this dish was supposed to be the one served up by the Ladies of the Night to their patrons. I'm not sure whether that was before or after the entertainment.
This is a really fantastic snack and so easy to do.
Bake the sausages in the oven for 15 minutes at 180C. In the meantime mix the wholegrain mustard and maple syrup. Toss the sausages in the mustard & syrup mix and then in the sesame seeds. return to the oven for 5 minutes and serve.
Roast sweet potato, parsnip, butternut, beetroot, onion. Winter earth tones. A pinch of Maldon. Et voila! Salt of the earth. Red and yellow pepper for colour and sparkle.
Under a seasonal blanket of cheese and mustard sauce. None of that "draped", "drizzled" or "on a pool of" nonsense. We're talking smothered. No hints of anything.
Cut the vegetables into chunky angular pieces. Toss in a little olive oil and into an oven preheated to 220C, for 25 minutes. Add sausage and peppers and bake for a further 15 minutes, during which time bring 125ml of cream to the boil. Add a generous teaspoonful of English mustard and about 80g of grated gouda to the cream. Whisk over low heat until smooth.
On a rack low under the grill, slowly grill the veg and sausage for about 10 minutes.
Smother vegetables and sausages with the cheese and mustard sauce. Sprinkle liberally with chopped chives.
Really simple but looks stunning and tastes wonderful. Frying grapes feels and sounds strange but it works. Try to find sausage with fennel.
Place the sausages in a frying pan and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, turning from time to time. When they are brown all over remove the sausages to a warm platter. Remove any excess fat (you want a teaspoonful, at most, in the pan) and add the grapes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until some of the grapes collapse. Slice the sausages into small bite sized pieces and add to the grapes. Stir for a couple more minutes to brown the sausage on all sides. Serve on a bed of lightly oiled penne.
500g Italian Salsiccia
Fry the sausage for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, only.
Cut the sausage into bite-size portions.
Cover the bottom of a clean frying pan with olive oil.
Fry the potatoes over a medium heat for 10 - 12 minutes, turning frequently.
Add the sausage, onion, green pepper, oreganum, basil, garlic, salt and pepper to the potatoes and cook over a lower heat, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, turning occasionally.
Poor Man's Cassoulet
This is a modern version of an original recipe that appeared in Delia Smith's book Frugal Food and I suppose whilst it lacks sophisticated ingredients like preserved goose it's still very much on the theme of the original.
10 Saucisse de Toulouse12 oz (350 g) dried cannellini beans1 dessertspoon olive oil2 x 130 g packs cubetti di pancetta (or you can use diced bacon)3 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped1 level tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus a few sprigs2 bay leaves2 level tablespoons tomato purée4 oz (110 g) fresh white breadcrumbssalt and freshly milled black pepper
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 1, 275°F, 140°C. (For important information about gas mark 1, click here.)
You will also need a 6 pints (3.5 litres) capacity flameproof casserole.
First soak the beans. All you do is place them in a saucepan, cover with plenty of cold water, bring to the boil and let them boil for 10 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let them soak for 2-3 hours and after that drain the beans in a colander.
Then in the flameproof casserole, heat the oil over a medium heat and brown the sausages, turning them occasionally because they need to be a nice golden brown colour on all sides – this will take 7-8 minutes. After that remove them to a plate, then add the pancetta to the frying pan, cook, turning the heat up and tossing it around for 5 minutes, until it's golden at the edges. Now using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to join the sausages. Turn the heat down to medium, then in the juices left in the pan, soften the onions for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
After that, toss in the garlic and cook for another minute. Next put a third of the beans into the cooking pot followed by half the onions, sprinkle with a third of the fresh thyme leaves and season well with salt and pepper, then add half the sausages and pancetta, followed by a third more beans, thyme and seasoning, then the remaining sausages and onions and finally the rest of the beans and the remaining thyme, pushing sprigs of thyme and bay leaves in amongst everything.
Now measure 1½ pints (850 ml) hot water, whisk in the tomato purée and pour this over the beans, cover with a lid and bake on the oven's centre shelf for 2 hours. Then take the lid off, sprinkle the breadcrumbs all over the top and bake (without a lid) for a further hour until the beans are completely cooked through. This is very rich and hefty, so a green salad is really all it needs to go with it.
This recipe is taken from Delia Smith's Frugal Food.
Toad in the Hole
Toad: 8 Lincolnshire Sausages
Put 1cm of cooking oil into a thin baking tin and place on the middle shelf of the oven at its highest setting. (Probably at 240 – 250 degrees)
The oil will almost certainly spatter about a bit so you might like to put some foil or a larger tin in the bottom of the oven to minimize the mess.
When the oil is very hot add the Lincolnshire Sausages. Allow them to reach a lightly golden colour.
Take the tin out of the oven and very carefully pour the batter over the Lincolnshire Sausages. Add the sprigs of rosemary.
Put the tin back in the oven and don’t open it for 20 minutes as you want the Yorkshire pudding to rise. Remove when crisp and golden.
I’ll leave the gravy up to you.
Lesley Stephenson's Recipe using Sausages
Here is an interesting recipe sent in by Lesley Stephenson:
In a largish oven pan preferably non-stick. Put small olive oil to grease bottom. Lay in 8 sausages and turn to coat all over. In a separate bowl mix potatoes washed but unpeeled (I like the Mediterranean variety) chopped in chunks, onions chopped in chunks, really squashy tomatoes (ideal for using the last few that always go soft) and an aubergine chopped in chunks (if you dont like aubergine use vegetables of your choice! my dad loved brussels sprouts and I did that for him and he loved it - fennel is good too. Add salt, pepper, cumin or other herbs of your choice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss this lot together and dump on top of the sausage. Slap into a 180 oven and cook for 45 mins. Check then if potatoes are becoming tender, toss again and make sure sausages arrive on the top so they can brown. Add 200mls of red wine and back in the oven at 200 for 20 minutes. Test the potatoes again for done-ness. The tomatoes and aubergine literally melt into a lovely sauce with the olive oil and wine. It is such an easy dish and makes a bake ahead meal that keeps for ages. Being on my own now I find this dish can provide 4 meals spread out during the week - all from one pack of sausage !
Sicilian Sausage Soup
Mediterranean Stuffed Cabbage
This is an adaption of a Malay Cabbage Frikkadel Recipe and it's satisying,
filling and easy to make.
Remove the cabbage leaves from the head, wash well and place in a
large dish. Pour boiling water over the leaves and leave until they
have slightly softened but are still crisp. Drain them.
Mustard, Cabbage And Gourmet Sausage Hot Pot
g Lincolnshire Sausage
Cook the sausages in the pan for 10 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Then remove.
Add spring onions to pan juices, cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Add garlic and cumin seeds, stir for 1 minute andthen add cabbage, chicken stock, mustard, thyme and sugar, cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the cabbage and spring onions are tender.
Cut sausages in half lengthways and add to the pan with drained beans, cover and cook until heated through.
1 yard, 3 feet or 1metre 10cm of Cumberland sausage
Candied Bacon Bits
Sprinkle the Bacon Bits with brown sugar. I would use Demerara in preference but any brown sugar will do.
Mix the Bacon Bits and the sugar together and place on a baking sheet on a sheet of crumpled foil so that the fat will drain into the little "valleys".
2 thin slices fresh white bread
1. On your work surface, lay one slice of bread, brush it with melted butter, cover with a slice of cheese, as many slices of ham to cover it, and another slice of cheese. Brush one side of the second slice of bread with melted butter and lay it, buttered side down, to top the sandwich. Press the sandwich together firmly, leaning on it with the palm of your hand. Trim off the crusts and press down again on the sandwich.
2. In a frying pan, add butter, heat it to bubbling, and brown the sandwiches rather slowly, 2 to 3 minutes on each side, so the cheese will melt. Add more butter as needed.