Fantastic flavours are the order of the day here. Sausage flavoured with wine and garlic – what’s not to like?
I’d love to try the real thing one day but these supermarket versions were ‘created’ by Pierre Koffmann apparently. That’s a good thing. To be fair, they tasted pretty good too.
I served them up with a kind of speedy butter bean stew for a nice, quick and easy bistro-style dinner:
- 4 Toulouse sausages
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 large tin of butter beans, drained and rinsed (which I used for speed) or 150g dried butter beans soaked overnight
- Half a green and half a red pepper, chopped
- Two large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
- 250ml chicken stock
- Sprig of thyme, leaves only
- Chopped basil leaves
- Salt & Pepper
For the butter beans stew:
If using dried beans (having been soaked overnight), gently simmer in water for around 30 minutes first until softened and tender. Heat the oil in a small pan and add the tomatoes, peppers and a good pinch of salt. Saute for a little while then add the beans, stock and thyme.
Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes to heat through and absorb the flavours, but be careful not to overdo it, especially if using tinned beans. Add chopped basil and season with the pepper.
Whilst simmering, grill the sausages as instructed, but for about 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, fry them!
In hindsight, some French beans or buttered spinach would have been a good accompaniment. Next time……
I used to have these sausages in Dublin and London at a chain restaurant, I’ve forgotten the name but the color of the building was red and it had something to do with France 🙂
Sounds like Cafe Rouge to me. My wife often ends up there if out shopping on the weekend as the food is pretty good for a chain and it’s generally quieter than the others!