Here’s a British recipe that I found for sausage with caramelized apples. When doing a bit of research for this write-up, I discovered that I knew next to nothing about British sausages (bangers). And there’s A LOT to know.
For example, one website I found presented this list of sausage types
with a short description of each. From their descriptions, each sounds good in
its own right:
- Cumberland Sausage
- Gloucester Sausage
- Lincolnshire Sausage
- Manchester Sausage
- Marylebone Sausage
- Oxford Sausage
- Pork and Apple
- Square Slicing Sausage
- Suffolk Sausage
- Tomato Sausage
- Yorkshire Sausage
Then there’s the thing with the name: bangers. This name came about, according to one source I found, because they need to be cooked slowly, or they burst, or “bang.”
Anyway, these are really good, with the sweetness of the apple and brown sugar offsetting the rest of the ingredients. I actually ended up using these for a sausage, egg and cheese bagel sandwich, which this sausage is perfect for. I could also see it used on a pizza among some other non-standard toppings. I actually found a lot of recipes for this sausage to be encased in breading for sausage rolls, so you could try that, too.
What you’ll need:
- 2T butter
- 1 granny smith apple, finely diced
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2T brown sugar
- 2T apple cider or apple juice
- pinch of salt
- 1 lb ground pork
What to do:
Melt the butter in a fry pan and sauté the apples and onions over medium heat until the onions begin to brown. This should take about 10 minutes.
Add the brown sugar, apple juice/cider and cook until the liquid has somewhat cooked off and the apples have caramelized. Let the mixture cool for the next step.
Put the ground pork in medium bowl, add the apple mixture and mix well, either with your hands or a spoon. I purposely omitted an egg and breadcrumbs for a binder, because they’re just not needed.
When the sausage is mixed (don’t over-mix it, or it will be tough), shape it into whatever form you need and cook it thoroughly in whatever manner you prefer.
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