You probably know by now that I love making my own burgers, but I've never tried making sausages.
Last month we stayed at the gorgeous Woodland Bay Hotel, outside Girvan on the West coast of Scotland.
We had a few days in log cabins in Comrie first, then moved to the Woodland Bay for 4 days bed and breakfast, as well as lots of splashing about and sandcastle building on the beach.
There were plenty of breakfast options on offer, but Graham and I couldn't resist the cooked breakfast.
For breakfast I had:
- a poached egg
- a tattie scone
- a hash brown
- a veggie sausage
- baked beans
I couldn't eat this every day, in fact I rarely have breakfast, but it was a great treat on holiday. Graham had the same as me, but without the egg and Cooper enjoyed a big bowl of porridge followed by toast and honey.
The only thing I didn't enjoy about the breakfast was the sausage, which was swiftly passed to Graham's plate. I knew then the time had come to make my own.
I went for carrots and black beans as the base for my sausages and spiced them up using piri piri and cumin. My favourite spice for burgers is Schwartz Cajun Spice, but a friend at work recommended the Piri Piri Spice, so I decided to try that and it worked well.
Like homemade burgers, homemade sausages have to be heavily spiced as a lot of the flavour is lost, so don't be alarmed by how much I use.
It was a gorgeous late Sunday morning breakfast.
The sausages were also suitable for Graham's vegan diet and they passed the Cooper test.
He didn't say "what is that?" or "I don't want that!", he just tucked in.
Not sure he wanted his photo taken though!
Do you ever have a cooked Sunday breakfast?
Carrot and Black Bean Sausages
An easy recipe for homemade veggie sausages spiced with piri piri and cumin.
- 150g carrots
- 400g tin of black beans
- 200g potato
- 50g porridge oats
- 3 tsp flax seeds (linseeds), optional
- 3 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 3 tsp piri piri spice
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- a good grinding of black pepper
1. Boil or steam the potatoes until soft and mash.2. Grate the carrots. 3. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until well combined.4. Roll mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball or a little larger, then roll out into a sausage shapes.5. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to cook them. 6. To cook, either heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook until brown and crispy or pop in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.7. These can be frozen.8. Enjoy!
Yield: Makes 8 sausages
Disclosure: I recommended the Woodland Bay Hotel from my own experience and am not affiliated with them. I developed my recipe for Schwartz and received payment, but I am happy to recommend them anyway as I use their spice mixes regularly in my burgers. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.