Tasty Baked sausages, bacon and flageolet beans recipePosted by Fiona Nevile in Pork Ham Bacon Sausages | 7 comments
I’ve never been keen on beans, definitely was not one of the Beans means Heinz fans as a child. Even the recent change to Beanz hasn’t tempted me. In fact I was so out of the whole world of beans as a teenager that I didn’t even understand the flatulence jokes in Blazing Saddles.
Now beans are almost considered the new ‘meat’. Economical, packed with goodness and promise. Some varieties can even be grown in UK gardens – come the revolution these could be a valuable source of protein.
So I decided to experiment a bit with beans as part of our diet. Surely if they were mixed with tasty herbs or spices they needed taste so dire?
The least hateful bean in my book is the pretty green flageolet so I thought I’d begin with them. We like Nigel Slater’s combination of mashed chick peas and bacon so I took that as my starting point. Bacon can transform virtually everything – even the grumpiest of people smile when they sniff the waft of grilled bacon in the morning.
As I crisped the bacon I added thyme and garlic to the beans with a little of the bacon fat. I’d found Newmarket sausages on the Tesco CFC so these were baked on the top of the beans with the crisped streaky bacon covering the beans on the outside edges. A handful of baby plum tomatoes were added for the last half hour of cooking as a foil for the floury beans.
The result was spectacularly good. Delicious comfort food that was a doddle to prepare and a perfect dish for an impromptu supper party. I actually had a second helping of beans!
We used tinned flageolets for this dish but it is very easy to prepare dried beans if you soak them the night before and have the time to cook them the next day. On the flatulence front you can avoid this completely if you follow the directions of this cook, Patrice who contributes regularly to Suzanne McMinn’s website Chickens in the Road.
Baked sausages, bacon and flageolet beans recipe
300g of high quality sausages
125g of unsmoked streaky bacon
400g tin of flageolet beans (rinsed well and drained)
1 chunky garlic clove (peeled, squashed and chopped very fine)
Half a teaspoon of dried thyme
Big handful of baby tomatoes (a plum variety are ideal)
Preheat the oven to 200c (190c fan)
Chop up the bacon and fry until crisp. Retain the bacon fat.
Mixed the garlic, thyme and a little of the bacon fat with the beans.
Pour the beans into the base of an oven proof dish just large enough to hold the sausages.
Place the sausages on top of the beans and the bacon pieces around the edges to cover the beans.
Bake for half an hour and then turn the sausages over and add the tomatoes, to cover the beans and bacon.
Bake for another twenty minutes to half an hour until the sausages are nicely browned.
Mix the bacon through the beans and serve on warm plates.
I served this dish with baked potatoes which I had cooked in the oven at the same time.
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I don’t think you can beat a really good cassoulet made with flagelot or haricot beans in this chilly weather. These ‘softer’ beans absorb the flavour of the pork, spices and herbs much better than chick peas or kidney beans.
I made a pot of vegetable soup yesterday. I added a tin of mixed beans and then a tin of kidney beans in chilli sauce. It gave it a wee kick and it is very tasty.
I did something similar this week, my pumpkin and parsnip cassoulet, well, my modified version anyway: http://alwaystri-ingmybest.blogspot.com/2010/12/winter-warmer-1-pumpkin-and-parsnip.html
which I served with sausages and naan bread. It was delish. So if you feel like trying another recipe you can pretty much substitute the recipe any beans and root veg / veg combo that you like. Happy beaning ! KG.
We don’t have beans very often – we do like chick peas though, especially falafel. Otherwise we have beans in chilli and thats about it really.
I clicked on the link about avoiding flatulence and ended up reading the bean fudge recipe http://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/an-unusual-fudge/ which certainly sounds interesting.
I love beans- have beans almost every day- sometimes twice….oh yes, there’s a hole in the ozone layer over my house.
My kids grew up on meals padded out with pulses such as lentils in mince dishes but they weren’t that keen, so you can imagine my surprise at our daughter serving chickpeas to us and declaring she now loves them.
With seven brothers and sisters, oh boy, did I grow up on beans! My favorite is still the lowly pinto, mashed up into refritos, and eaten with home made flour tortillas, salsa verde, and cheese.