Roasted Chickpeas with Lamb Sausage

Quick and easy, and perfect for a midweek meal, I really love this recipe. I think it would work perfectly with any Lamb or Beef sausage.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins

Serves:3-4

Ingredients

2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 bunch Swiss chard (Mangold), thick stalks removed
1 packet Britwurst Lamb or Beef sausages
5 tablespoons olive oil
12 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons smoked paprika
6 teaspoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Meanwhile, combine the chickpeas, half of the olive oil, cumin, paprika, half of the garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss well, and then throw onto a baking sheet. Spread out in a single layer, and then nestle the sausages amongst the chickpeas.

2. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.

3. While the chickpeas and sausages are baking, chop up the Swiss chard leaves. Pour the remaining olive oil into a large pan set over high heat. Add the rest of the garlic, and let it cook for a few seconds, stirring often so it doesn’t burn. Then add the chard. Season with salt and pepper, and stir often. After a minute or so, add half the vinegar. When tender, about 5 minutes or so, taste the chard to see if it needs more vinegar.

4. Combine the chard with the roasted chickpeas in a large bowl. Toss. Serve the the sausage over the chickpeas and chard mixture.

photo and recipe courtesy of SeriousEats.com

 

Lamb Merguez Ragu with Orecchiette & Broccoli

One of my favourites, and as usual will work great with any Britwurst sausage.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 packet Lamb Merguez Britwurst sausage, skins removed (any sausage will suffice however)
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon harissa paste or 1 tsp.chili paste
100ml chicken or vegetable stock
450g orecchiette
1 broccoli, finely chopped
Shaved parmesan, for serving
Chopped fresh mint, for serving

Method:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

2. In a large heavy based pan, heat the oil over medium- high. Add the sausage, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Uncover; add the tomato paste and harissa. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the stock and reduce the heat to low. Let the ragu simmer while you cook the broccoli and the pasta.

3. In a large pan, bring 2 to 3 inches of water to a boil for the broccoli.

4. Salt the pasta water. Add the pasta; cook to al dente.

5. Salt the water for the broccoli shortly before adding it, and cook 3 to 4 minutes.

6. Add 1 cup of the pasta water to the ragu; drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with the rabe and half the ragu. Divide among shallow bowls. Top with a little more ragu; garnish with parmesan and mint.

(photo & recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray)

Black Pudding with Chickpea & Spinach Ragu

This is a great way to use Black Pudding, for either a quick midweek meal, or how about popping it in the slow cooker for a Sunday lunch treat.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 mins (plus overnight if using dried chickpeas)
Cook time: 1hr 30 mins

Ingredients

300g Dried Chickpeas, soaked overnight – tinned Chickpeas would also work
75ml Extra-virgin olive oil
2 Red onions, peeled and finely sliced
1 Leek, finely sliced
Salt and black pepper
3 Garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2-3 Fresh bay leaves
1 x 400g Tin plum tomatoes
150g Britwurst black pudding, roughly chopped
¾ tsp Ground cinnamon
1 Heaped tsp smoked paprika
2-3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
150g Baby spinach
Lemon wedges, to serve

Method

1. Drain the soaked chickpeas, then cover with plenty of cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 40‑50 minutes, until tender, then add half a teaspoon of salt to the water, stir and leave to cool. (If you haven’t had time to soak them overnight, add one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to their cooking water, and simmer for approximately 80 minutes, until tender). Note: if using tinned Chickpeas this step can be omitted.

2. Warm the oil in a wide, deep pan over a medium-high heat, and add the onions and leek. Season generously, and fry gently for a few minutes before turning the heat down to medium and cooking until the vegetables soften, about 10 minutes.

3. Add the garlic and bay, and cook for another few minutes, then add the tomatoes, black pudding, cinnamon, paprika and two tablespoons of vinegar. Break up the black pudding with a spoon, then cook for 15 minutes, leaving the ingredients to bubble away together gently.

4. Drain the chickpeas, reserving a cup of the cooking water, then fold into the sauce. Taste, and adjust the seasoning, then continue to simmer for another five to 10 minutes, allowing the flavours to mingle. Add a little cooking water if the sauce looks too dry, and the remaining vinegar if it needs more sparkle. Note: if using tinned Chickpeas make sure they are thoroughly washed before adding to the sauce.

5. When you are ready to eat, stir in the spinach and cook for a few minutes, until it has wilted into the sauce. Serve in bowls with lemon wedges, a slosh of extra-virgin olive oil and bread to mop up the sauce.

(recipe courtesy of Thomasina Miers/The Guardian)
(photo (c) Britwurst)

 

Breakfast Blunzengröstl

With Black Pudding a staple of the breakfast table I decided to mix it up a little bit, adapting the Austrian style Blunzengröstl into Black Pudding Potato Cakes.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

800g Floury Potatoes (Mehlig)
50g Butter
1 Onion, finely sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
200g Britwurst Black Pudding, cut into 1cm cubes
100g Cheddar Cheese, grated
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Fried Eggs, to serve
1 Packet Britwurst Bacon, to serve (optional)
2 x Avocado (optional)

Method

1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Coarsely grate the potatoes into a tea towel and wring dry, then transfer to a bowl.

2. Melt the butter in a large ovenproof frying pan, and add the onion, garlic and black pudding. Cook until the onion is soft but not coloured, about 6-8 mins, then take off the heat and combine with the potatoes and cheese. Season, then bring together with your hands to shape into four generous potato cakes. Put in the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

3. Wipe out the pan, then heat the oil. Fry the cakes until they are lightly brown, taking care when you flip them, for 2-3 mins either side. Transfer to the oven and cook for about 15-20 mins until they are cooked through and crisp.

4. Whilst the cakes are in the oven prepare a fried egg per person and if using, the bacon. Serve piled high, with 1/2 an avocado per plate (if using).

This recipe was adapted from BBC Recipes.

Italian Baked Melanzani With Salsiccia

This is a lovely quick and easy midweek meal with little to prepare. Let the oven do all the hard work!

Serves: 3 – 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 75 Minutes (*half can be cooked the day before)

Ingredients

2 x Small Melanzani, halved lengthways
Olive Oil
1 x Garlic Clove, thinly sliced
1 x Tin Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Small Bunch Of Basil, shredded
Handful of Grated Parmesan
1 x Packet Britwurst (preferable Salsiccia, but feel free to use other flavours as well)

Method

*1. Heat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Score the melanzani flesh in a crisscross pattern but don’t go all the way through. Put in a baking dish facing up, season well and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes (please note this can be done the evening before).

2. While the melanzani is baking, cook the garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, until soft. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Stir in the majority of the basil.

3. After 30 minutes take off the foil and pour the sauce over the melanzani. Scatter over the parmesan cheese then bake for another 40 minutes, adding the sausages in a separate baking dish after 15 minutes (if you have a small oven and therefore no space for this, please note that you can also cook the sausages to your liking in a pan). Serve with the rest of the basil and perhaps a slice of thick and crusty bread.

 

Greek Style Baked Sausage

Greek Style Baked Sausages

This is a great little recipe which I quickly noted down whilst chatting to a chef in one of the many great little local restaurants we were fortunate to find in Rhodes. It is suited obviously for the Beef & Feta sausages, but why not give it an Italian twist and use my Italian Salsiccia?

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: approx 1hr 30mins (including time for chilling)

Serves 3 – 4

Ingredients

1 x Packet Britwurst Of Choice (Beef & Feta or Italian Salsiccia work great)
1 x Small Red Onion, finely chopped
4 x Tbsp Olive Oil
1 x Garlic Clove, minced
Large splash Dry Red Wine (optional, can be replaced with water)
1 x Canned Tomatoes, roughly chopped and their juice
1 x Tsp sugar
1/2 Tsp x Red Chili Pepper Plakes
1 x Tsp Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

1. Remove sausages from skins and make mix into 6 large balls. Spoon over 2 tbsp of olive oil, cover, and leave in fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

2. While the sausages are chilling, make the sauce. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the wine/water, chopped tomatoes, sugar, and red pepper flakes, and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Place some flour on a plate and roll the sausage meat balls in the flour, then fry the sausages in batches, turning over gently part way through cooking to brown on all sides. Once cooked, place the sausages in a single layer in a baking pan, then cover with the tomato sauce. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Serve hot, with perhaps some Orzo, Briam, or Lemon Roasted Potatoes if using the Beef & Feta sausage, or perhaps Polenta, Baked Aubergine, or a very basic Risotto if using the Italian Salsiccia.

 

Black Pudding with Pear & Potato Flan

I was so happy with the results of this, and was enjoyed in the sun on a warm Spring day with a nice cold beer. You can find variations of this recipe elsewhere online, but I think my version is the best and is not to overpowering. If you don’t fancy Black Pudding, feel free to use your favourite sausage instead, removing it from the skins before hand and crumbling it into a pan and pre-cooking before adding on top with the rest of the ingredients.

Black Pudding with Pear & Potato Flan

Prep Time – 15 mins
Cook Time – 30 mins

Ingredients

75g Sour Cream
50 Mascapone, or creme fraiche
1/2 Lemon, zest and juice
2 Cooked potatoes
250g Black Pudding
4 Slices Bacon, cooked
1 Small Fennel bulb
3 Spring onions
1 Pear
Drizzle of honey
Drizzle of olive oil
Chopped herbs of choice (I favour thyme or rosemary here)
1 Sheet puff pastry
Sprinkling of Chopped chives
1 egg (optional)

Method

  1. Make a cream sauce by whipping the sour cream with the mascarpone (or creme fraiche), the lemon zest and juice, and add sea salt flakes and black pepper to taste.
  2. Slice the cooked potatoes and the black pudding into rounds or ovals. Chop the cooked bacon into small pieces.
  3. Finely slice the fennel bulb, spring onions and pear. Toss all with a drizzle of the honey, olive oil and chopped herbs.
  4. Place the puff pastry sheet on baking paper, spread with cream sauce leaving a space around the edges and arrange potato, pear, fennel, spring onion, black pudding and bacon pieces over the top. Top with extra dollops of cream sauce and a drizzle of olive oil. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush around the edges. This is however optional but will give the puff pastry a lovely brown and crispy edge. Bake until pastry is crisp. Serve scattered with snipped chives.

 

Lamb Kofte Tagine with Zuchinni Fritters

This is perhaps one of my favourite recipes and one I am extremely proud of. The Lamb & Apricot sausage comes through so great on this and really shows it in its prime. It is so easy to make and will impress anyone who you might be entertaining. As with a lot of my recipes you do not need to use the sausages in the recipe, but I would really recommend it. The apricot really shines through the lamb and tomato sauce.

Lamb Kofte Tagine with Zuchinni Fritters

Prep time – 15 mins
Cook time – 35-40 min

Serves 3 – 4

Lamb Kofte Tagine

Ingredients

1 packet Britwurst Lamb & Apricot Sausage (the Lamb & Apricot works great, but others will also be OK, I think even the pork sausages would also be great!)
1 onion, finely chopped
Olive oil, for frying
2 x 400g Tins chopped tomatoes
4 eggs
Greek yogurt, to serve
Cayenne pepper

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C. Remove sausage from its casing and form into small balls/patties (kofte). Heat oil in pan to a high temperature and brown kofte on both sides. Place in oven, keeping an eye on them so they do not over cook.
  2. Reduce pan temperature to medium, add onion to the oil left over from cooking the sausages and lightly sauté. Add tinned tomatoes, season, and lightly simmer for 20 mins until the sauce as reduced by a quarter.
  3. Remove cooked kofte from oven and add to sauce, mixing in if you like, or just placing on top.
  4. Whilst still on a medium heat make space to crack 4 eggs into the tomato sauce and place a lid on the pan immediately. Let the eggs cook for approx 5 mins, if not quite cooked after that time, let finish off in oven.
  5. Serve with Greek yoghurt sprinkled with cayenne pepper (to taste) and zucchini fritters (see recipe below).

Zucchini Fritters

Ingredients

225g grated courgette
2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons chopped onion
8 tablespoons plain flour
8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (*)
8 tablespoons grated Mozzarella cheese (*)
salt to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

(*) optional

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the courgette, eggs, onion, flour, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and salt. Stir well enough to distribute ingredients evenly.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Drop courgette mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden. Keep warm in oven.

 

(whilst the recipe is for 3-4 people, the photo I took represents a portion for 1-2)

Tomato Risotto with Sausage

This recipe is a great Italian risotto recipe which would pair together perfectly with the any Beef or Lamb sausage, however I think it would work with any of my produce – even the Bacon or Black Pudding!

Tomato Risotto with Sausage

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 Mins
Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

1 packet Britwurst sausage / bacon / black pudding
500g cherry tomatoes, halved
8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper
2 large onions
440g risotto rice
800ml vegetable stock (or stock flavour of choice)
large handful fresh basil
parmesan cheese, to taste

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C, line a baking tray with the cherry tomatoes in a single layer and add the garlic cloves. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast in preheated oven for around 30 mins.

2. Remove tomatoes & garlic from oven and squeeze the garlic from its skin and roughly chop. Set aside.

3. Bring the stock to the boil in a saucepan and reduce the heat so it is gently simmering.

4. Whilst the stock is warming up to boiling, heat the remaining olive oil in a heavy based pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cool for around 7 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the rice and stir constantly to make sure the rice is coated in oil.

5. Add a ladleful of the simmering stock to the rice and stir until the liquid has been completely absorbed. Continue to add stock at small ladlefuls at a time, allowing the liquid to be absorbed until adding the next ladleful. Half way through start cooking sausages/bacon/black pudding to your liking. Each has a different cooking time, so aim to make sure it is finished when the risotto is, keeping warm if finished early. Cook the rice until firm and creamy.

6. Remove the risotto from the heat and add the garlic, basil and parmesan, stirring gently to combine. Add the tomatoes and fold through the rice gently.

7. Spoon into serving bowls and serve immediately, placing either your sausage / bacon / black pudding on top.

 

Smokey Lentil & Sausage Soup

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 20 Mins
Cook Time: 1hr 30 Minutes

Ingredients

250g lentils of choice
2 bay leaves
1 packet Britwurst sausage (preferably beef or lamb)
1 packet Britwurst smoked bacon
1 large onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely diced
salt
3 celery stalks (leaves included if possible), chopped
4 large carrots
900ml beef/chicken/vegetable stock
250g spinach (fresh or frozen)
parsely
black pepper, grounded

Method

1. Prepare lentils to packet instructions (adding the bay leaves when cooking).
2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the sausage and brown whilst stirring frequently. Remove the sausage to a cutting board and cut into smaller pieces. Reserve on the side.
3. Add the onions, garlic and bacon to the saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables, along with the stock and lentils in their cooked water and bring to the boil.
5. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for 45 minutes.
6. 15 minutes before serving add the spinach and stir. Check for seasoning.
7. Serve with bread and a sprinkling of parsley.

Notes:

Whilst using beef or lamb sausages is not essential, it is recommended. If you prefer you can twist and snip them into 3rds before cooking. If so, you do not need to slice them afterwards. If using a thicker sausage I would serve them whole.
I used 2 ‘Suppengrün’ bunches for my vegetable mix instead of carrots, but the celery was separate.
Try using a home made stock if possible. I used one from when I boiled some beef with some vegetables and it was perfect.

 

 

My Favourite Shakshuka

Serves 3-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients 

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 red onions, roughly chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 garlic clove, sliced
small bunch of fresh coriander roughly chopped, with leaves and stalks separated
1 x packet Britwurst Beef Merguez Sausages (feel free to use other flavours as well)
2 x can tinned chopped tomatoes (400g, 1 x plain, 1 with added chili if available)
4 x eggs

Method

1. Gently squeeze sausages in the middle then twist and cut each one in half to create 12 mini sausages. If using pork sausages take extra care, or cook sausages first then cut them and add them at step 3.
2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then soften the onions, red pepper, garlic and coriander stalks for 5 mins until soft. Add sausages and cook until browned.
3. Stir in the tomatoes and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes.
4. Using the back of a large spoon, make 4 dips in the sauce, then crack an egg into each one. Put a lid on the pan, then cook over a low heat for 6-8 mins, until the eggs are done to your liking. Scatter with the coriander leaves and serve with crusty bread.

(photo & recipe (c) Britwurst)

Pan Roasted Sausages With Apple & Leek

Serves 2 – 3
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

3 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces.
4 lbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
1 packet Britwurst sausages
4 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1 inch chunks
fresh thyme
fresh parsley

Method:

  1. Preheat over to 180C. Line a large baking tray with foil and set aside.
  2. Prepare the leeks in 3 tablespoons of olive oil with salt and pepper. Spread over the baking tray and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Add fresh thyme and parsley (to taste) to the remaining olive oil and then add chopped apple and evenly mix.
  4. Add the sausages and apple to the baking tray and cook for a further 25 minutes until sausages are nicely brown.
  5. Serve at once, with crusty bread to soak up all the lovely baking juices!

 

Sweet Potato & Sausage Hash

Serves 2-3
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30-40 mins

Ingredients:

2 medium/large sized sweet potatoes
3-5 tbsp Harissa paste
Salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs, poached or fried
1 packet Britwurst Beef Merguez sausages (any sausage would work well however, especially beef or lamb)
1 onion, sliced
chives/coriander/parsely

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 200c.
  2. Scrub sweet potatoes, (leaving the skin on) into small cubes. In a large bowl, add a few tablespoons of the harissa paste (note: each harissa is different, so taste before you add to check how spicy it is). If too spicy dilute a little bit with olive oil.  Make sure sweet potatoes are coated well. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place on a parchment liked baking sheet, making sure they are not too crowded. This will allow them to crisp, rather than steam. Stir after 15 minutes. Check again after 10 minutes. Roast until crisp and tender.
  4. While roasting, brown Merguez sausage in a skillet. You can either serve them whole, or pinch and twist in the middle, then cut in half to make smaller. If you like, you can also just use the meat from the casings, pressing it out like a tube of toothpaste. Saute some onions together with however you decide to use your sausages.
  5. Poach your eggs, salt and pepper and set aside,
  6. Remove the sweet potato hash from the oven, and fold into the skillet along with the sausage and onions, and mix. Gently place eggs over top, garnishing with fresh chive or coriander (and if you like, more harissa).
  7. Serve immediately.

Lovey’s Lovely Sticky Fig Chutney

Ingredients:

1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 red onions finely chopped
2 tsp finely chopped root ginger
2 garlic cloves
1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
200g dried apricots
150g soft dried figs
100g raisins
150g demerara sugar
150ml white wine vinegar
¼ whole nutmeg, grated
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Heat the oil and fry onions over a low heat for 10mins or until very soft but not coloured.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes
  3. Increase the heat slightly and fry for a further 4-5 minutes until onions begin to brown, stirring constantly.
  4. Blitz the apricots and figs in a food processor or finely chop. Add the apricots, figs and raisins to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until dried fruit begins to soften.
  5. Sprinkle over the sugar, add the vinegar, spices and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Stir well and bring to gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes stirring often to make sure the chutney does not stick and burn at the bottom of the pan. If the chutney gets too thick, add a little water.
  7. The chutney is ready when the liquid has reduced so that it is the right consistency. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. As the chutney cools stir it a little to distribute the moisture.
  8. Spoon the chutney into sterilised jars. This amount makes 1-2 jars – I usually make double and keep it in the fridge.
  9. Leave the chutney to mature for a couple of days before using.