Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Oven Baked Sausages with Orange

When I was a kid I remember watching a program where a young boys greatest wish was to have his favourite sandwich served to him on a silver platter, by a butler, in a stately home. His wish was granted and his favourite sandwich was ..........

.........sausage and marmalade!

I had never heard of that combination of foods and being only about 8 years old that wasn't really a surprise! Anyway, that combination stuck with me and I just had to try it - it was fantastic, I loved it! So much so that it has stuck with me for the last 35 or so years.....................

These days I don't have it on cold sausages sandwiches anymore but I do serve marmalade when were having sausages and often I bake sausages in the marmalade to make a fruity orange sauce.....

Recipe - serves 2

1 link of about 6 large sausages - I used herb & garlic ones from my butchers
I red onion
3 large bay leaves
2 big tablespoons of marmalade
a little olive oil
half a teaspoon chilli flakes
salt & pepper

Buttery mash potato, and maybe a bowl of kale, to serve

Pre-heat oven to 190C/Gas 5

First grab a shallow casserole pot or baking dish and swirl some olive oil over the bottom. Cut your onion in to quarters, leaving the root intact so you hold the quarter together whilst cooking. Place the link of sausages into the baking dish, don't separate the sausages or stick them with a fork - leaving them in the link will stop them bursting or splitting. Pop the onion in the dish and add another slug of olive oil. Coat the sausages and onion with the oil - I use my hands it's a lot easier and you can make sure all is covered.

Tuck your bay leaves in between the sausages and sprinkle on your chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Now cover the dish with a lid or some foil and pop in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes remove from the oven, take of the lid and add your marmalade...I only use good meaty sausages for this dish that don't contain much fat but if your sausages have released more fat than you would want in a sauce - quickly drain it off before adding your marmalade......

Pop it back into the oven for a further 15 - 20 minutes - until the sausages have cooked through and have started to brown, the onion should have started to blacken around the edges and the marmalade will have made a lovely stick sauce in the bottom of the dish.

This is a perfect comfort food dish and is best served with a fluffy, buttery mash potato and a big bowl of kale........

Have a good day

Love Lizx
 baked sausages