IIt’s easy to be lazy with a hot dog. They are already seasoned, so you just have to cook them, put them on a plate with other things and eat them. But simply putting a sausage next to a pile of veggies is a serious disservice – it’s far better to use the sausage as an ingredient in its own right. Here are 10 recipes that do exactly that.
Toad in the hole
The first, as always, is a Felicity Cloake joint. His toad-in-the-hole masterclass from two years ago is one of the best sausage-based meals. Their dough, which adds flour, milk and beer to beaten eggs, is a great beauty. Make it onion sauce too and you’ll laugh.
Creamy sausage pasta
I have two young children, so if I never see another sausage pasta dish in my life, it will be too soon. But if you really insist on doing it, then it’s worth getting it right. Rachel Kelly’s Creamy Sausage Pasta Recipe is a lift on the monstrosity of the standard swamp red sauce. Add cooked hot dogs to a saucepan of caramelized onions and garlic, then add broth, lemon juice, and cream. It’s wonderful, even if I have to say it through clenched teeth.
Cream of sprouts with sausage, fennel and beans
Now we get a little fancier, by which I mean peeling the sausages off the skin and turning them into meatballs. Last year, Thomasina Miers featured a creamy sprouts recipe with sausage, fennel, and beans, which is exactly what it sounds like. Still a masterpiece, the meatballs give the spotlight to the large pile of garlic cannellini beans on the side. Tremendous.
Souflette with sausage, mushrooms and winter tubers
If the Miers concoction isn’t fancy enough for you, let me introduce you to Paul Gayler’s Sausage, Portobello Mushroom, and Winter Root Vegetable Souflette. This is basically a shepherd’s pie with jazz. You save a bit of time by using sausage and bacon instead of minced lamb, but the real draw is the topping. The swede and parsnip are boiled and mashed, then added to a roux that swells in the oven. This is almost ostentatiously elegant.
Baked sausage with jam
The easiest thing to do with a sausage, in addition to cooking it and eating it like a pink banana, is to toss it on a baking sheet with some onions. Delicious Australian recipe for baked sausage with jam takes the form to a higher level. There is chorizo, cider, onion, garlic, mustard, pear and, yes, a third of a jar of jam. Put everything on a tray, cook it for 25 minutes and there is your dinner.
Sausage and fennel risotto
My personal favorite every time leftover sausage is presented to me is risotto. This is because of the children I mentioned; In the evenings, I am so exhausted that I am perfectly willing to let them go crazy with a plate of meat porridge. Mob Kitchen has a delicious fennel sausage risotto recipe – hot with chili flakes, lifted by the addition of basil.
However, you’ve probably made risotto before. Maybe alternatively you could try Molly Baz’s lentil kielbassoulet recipe. Another one pot dish, this calls for kielbasa sausage. It’s easy enough to locate one way or another, but those of you who are willing to face Baz’s wrath could just trade in some cooked hot dogs. Brown them with fennel, onion, carrots, celery and garlic, add green lentils and wild mushrooms, then sprinkle some roasted breadcrumbs on top. What you’re left with is the flavor of a six-hour sausage casserole, but it’s ready in one.
At the other end of the spectrum, here is Jamie Oliver sausage pizza. This is a bit finer than it sounds: you make your own dough, for example, and the pizza is rich in red onion and rosemary, but the result is still some hot dogs on a pizza. If you put all the dishes in this article in front of me, this is the one I would eat first.
Baked Bean and Sausage Stew
Remember when I said that kielbassoulet was a quick version of a sausage casserole? This is even faster to do. It’s from Good Housekeeping Baked Bean and Sausage Stew. Cook the sausages. Cook some onion and carrot. Add some baked beans and molasses. Cook everything for 10 minutes. That’s. Well done everyone.
Sausage and Egg Sandwich
Lastly, it’s Max Halley’s amazing sausage and egg sandwich. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a star player here. Is the sausage, simmered for a long time? Is the egg boiled and mashed? Is it the mayonnaise, spread with vinegar and hot sauce? This thing is great. You could write poems about that.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism