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Grilled Spicy Sausages, Irish Style

I just couldn't come up with a resoundingly dynamic name for this Irish dish. I don't know if it was writer's block or simply because it needs no name. Either way, I hope you enjoy this classic twist on an Irish favorite of Bangers and Mashed. I replaced the mashed potato with turnip, otherwise known as Swede in Ireland. I think the combination of all the tastes meld well together, but if "Swede" isn't your favorite, just substitute potatoes.

We have sweet, salty, spicy and......well, spirituous if you will. The Guinness beer is a great hint of flavor to the pungent onions. As for the rest of the ingredients, try it, you'll like it! Irish butter is slightly more tangy than other butters, mostly because of the grass heavy diet Irish cows enjoy.

Ingredients

For 4 people

Recipe

  • Onion Gravy:
  • 5 tablespoon(s) irish butter, divided and cut into cubes
  • 1 lb(s) onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) brown sugar
  • 2 ounce(s) guinness beer
  • 1 cup(s) vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup(s) heavy or light cream
  • Sausages:
  • 1 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil
  • 8 spicy sausages (I used spicy andouille), sliced on the bias
  • Garlic Turnip:
  • 1 3/4 lb(s) turnip, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoon(s) minced garlic in oil
  • 1/4 cup(s) light cream or whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon(s) thinly sliced green onion, white part only

Grilled Spicy Sausages, Irish Style Directions

  1. To make the gravy, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large frying pan over high heat, add onions and sugar. Cook, while stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until starting to darken in color. Pour in the beer and broth and allow to bubble up. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until the liquid has almost disappeared. Stir in cream and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Reduce heat to medium, and gradually add 3 tablespoons butter, waiting for the previous tablespoon to disappear before adding the next. Season to taste and simmer gently until you have achieved a thickened sauce. Keep warm.
  2. To make the garlic turnip, add turnip to a covered pan of boiling water and simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender. After about 10 minutes, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the sausages for about 10 minutes until golden brown, turning regularly.
  3. Meanwhile, place the cream in a small pan with the garlic and white part of green onions and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside until sausages are done.
  4. Drain the turnip and mash until smooth. With a fork, mash the garlic into the cream and add to turnip. Divide the mash among warmed plates and arrange the sausages alongside. Spoon over the caramelized onion gravy in a decorative fashion and serve hot.
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