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10 clever meal ideas with sausages

Who knew you could do so much with the humble sausage?

BAKED BEANS & SAUSAGES

Yum! The kids will love this Mexican version of baked beans.


Serves 6
Time 45 min

1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced). Spay a 2L ovenproof baking dish with cooking spray. Spay a non-stick frying pan with oil and place over medium high heat. Cook 12 beef or pork sausages for 5-6 min, turning often or until browned all over. Transfer to baking dish.
2 Add 1 diced onion and 1 sliced red capsicum to frying pan and cook for 3 min. Add 800g can diced tomatoes and 425g can of undrained Mexe-beans, cook 2 min. Spoon mixture over sausages and bake for 20-25 min or until sausages are cooked through. Top with Tasty Avocado Salsa (see below) and serve with rocket and orange salad.

TASTY AVOCADO SALSA
Dice 2 avocados and 1 red onion, combine 1 sliced long red chilli, 2 tablespoons each of lime juice chopped coriander in a bowl. Toss gently to combine.

CHORIZO, LEEK & POTATO SOUP

Chorizo if full of flavour, and turns this soup into a hearty meal.


Serves 4
Time 20 min

1 Cook 2 sliced chorizos in a little olive oil until golden then remove and set aside. Add 1 thinly sliced leek and 2 cups finely diced potatoes, cook for 5 min.

2 Add 800g can diced or crushed tomatoes and 3 cups boiling chicken stock. Simmer until the potato is tender. Return the chorizo to the pan, season to taste and serve with toasted Turkish bread. Garnish with chopped fresh basil.

BARBECUED BEEF SAUSAGES

Simple but tasty! Perfect for a weekend lunch.

Serves 4
Time 20 min

1 Heat a barbecue or grill pan to medium-high and cook 500g reduced fat beef sausages, turning occasionally. Meanwhile, in a large bowl toss together, 1 small sliced red onion, 1 washed and chopped baby cos lettuce, with 2 large tomatoes cut into quarters.

2 Dress with ¼ cup fat free French dressing. Top with sausages cut into diagonal chunks. Scatter with feta cheese and serve with Light White Mountain Bread if desired.

SAUSAGES WITH CHAR-GRILLED VEGETABLES & COUSCOUS

Use any vegetables you have on hand for this tasty dish.

Serves 4

Time 30 min

1 Combine 2 cups prepared couscous, and 1 tablespoon each balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a large bowl, set aside.

2 Meanwhile char-grill or barbecue a 4-6 cups of vegetables, we used zucchini, eggplant, capsicum and tomatoes. Roughly chop the vegetables and toss vegetables with couscous and season with black pepper. Barbecue your choice of sausages and serve with prepared char-grilled vegetable couscous and some tomato relish. Garnish with basil leaves.

MIXED GRILL WITH HERB RELISH

Add a fresh zing to sausages and vegetables with this herb relish.

Serves 4
Time 20 min

1 Combine 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 cup chopped finely chopped mixed herbs, like parsley and mint and 250g halved cherry tomatoes, with 2 cloves chopped garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir well to combine and season to taste.

2 Serve with a selection of barbecued sausages or meats and vegetable kebabs.

SAUSAGE & BUTTER BEAN BAKE

Boerewors is a continuous sausages from supermarkets. Use regular sausages if you like.

Serves 4

Time 30 min

1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced). Brown 500g Boerewors sausage in pan and place into a baking dish. Add 1 sliced red onion to pan and 1 clove chopped garlic, cook 5 min. Add a 575g jar Matriciana pasta sauce and 2 x 400g cans drained and rinsed butter beans, simmer 2 min. Season to taste.

2 Spoon over sausage. Bake for 15-20 min or till sausage is cooked through. Remove skewers from sausage and cut into 4 pieces. Serve with steamed beans and top with parsley if desired. 

SWEET CHILLI JAM & BASIL CHICKEN STIR-FRY

No chilli jam? use sweet chilli sauce.


Serves 4
Time 15 min

1 Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with oil. Pan fry 8 chicken sausages until lightly golden over all and cooked through. Remove and slice into pieces. Add 1 sliced red onion to pan, cook 2 min. Add 2 cups snow peas and stir-fry 1 min.

2 Return sausage pieces and add ¼ cup chilli jam relish with 1 cup basil leaves, stir-fry for 2 min. Serve with cooked rice. Garnish with chopped toasted cashews and yellow capsicum.

SAUSAGE & TOMATO PASTA

Pantry basics team well in this easy dish.

Serves 4

Time 20 min

1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan and add 8 broken pork sausages. Cook for 5 min, turning often until golden. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic and cook for 30 sec. Pour in 1 cup white wine and reduce until liquid is halved.

2 Stir in a 400g can flavoured chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 10 min or until thickened. Toss through 350g cooked penne and a handful of chopped parsley if you have some. Garnish with parmesan shaves and crusty bread.

HAM & CHEESE SAUSAGE PIZZAS

Sausage as a pizza base? Why not! Topped with cheese and bacon the kids will love them.

Serves 4

Time 20 min

1 Combine ½ cup each chopped ham and grated cheese. Cook 8 thick beef or pork sausages. Using a knife, make a split in each sausage lengthways to form a pocket.

2 Spread each sausage with a little sour cream then top with combined cheese and ham. Grill for 2-3 min or until cheese is golden. Serve with potato gems and vegetables.

SAUSAGE FAJITAS

Re-invent leftovers sausages into these tasty lunch Fajitas.

Serves 4
Time 20 min

1 Cook and slice 8 thin sausages. Set aside. Heat a non-stick with a little oil and sauté 1 sliced onion and 1 sliced capsicum for 2-3 min, add the sausages and a 40g packet fajita seasoning.

2 Cook for 2-3 min, use to fill 8 wholemeal tortillas. Serve with sour cream, salsa and baby spinach leaves or mixed salad.

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