Cookbook Challenge (a few weeks back because I am behind) was Childhood. I thought about what to make. Food for children? Food from my childhood? Food that my toddler, Sylvia, loves? Food from a children's cookbook? In the end I chose Cheesy Pumpkin Sausages from Veggie Food for Kids that I thought ticked all the boxes. I loved them. Sylvia, however, did not agree and refused to eat them. Kids! Sigh!
memories of sausages before so I wont go into great detail here.
I had worried that Sylvia might not like the nuts but she refused the sausages on the grounds of pumpkin. I didn't think the pumpkin was that prominent. I even wondered if she just knew it was there because she helped make it. Not that there is any reasoning with kids. E and I loved them. I ate the leftovers cold for lunch with some leftover vegan queso dip. If only every lunch could be that good!
potato scones made with leftover mashed potato. Sylvia loved everything except the sausages.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe
This time last year: Butterfly birthday cake
This time two years ago: Tart ‘n’ Round Café: creative liberation
This time three years ago: A cool week of casseroles
Cheesy Pumpkin Sausages
From Veggie Food for Kids by Sara Lewis
makes 8 sausages (serves about 4)
2-3 tbsp canola oil
50g raw hazelnuts (I used cashews), finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
150g peeled and trimmed pumpkin, coarsely grated
150g cheddar cheese, grated
75g fresh breadcrumbs (I grated wholemeal bread)
100g dried breadcrumbs
2 eggs, separated
seasoning as required
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a large frypan and gently fry nuts - they are done when they are golden brown and/or you can smell roasted nuts. Set aside.
Heat butter in the same frypan. Fry onion until lightly browned over medium to low heat. Add pumpkin and cook until tender but not mushy.
Meanwhile mix fried nuts with cheese, fresh breadcrumbs and egg yolks in a medium to large mixing bowl. When onion and pumpkin are cooked, add to the mixture and stir well. Season as required. (I didn't season as I think that cheese and breadcrumbs add enough seasoning.)
Now that you have your "sausage meat" you need to set yourself up to make it into sausages. You will need a shallow bowl of the dried breadcrumbs, a shallow bowl of egg whites (lightly whisk these with a fork as much as you can be bothered) and the bowl of sausage mixture. First divide up the sausage mixture into 8 portions and roll each into a little fat sausage. You may need to keep your hands damp so they don't stick to your hands. Dip each sausage in egg white and toss in the breadcrumbs so they are well coated. I had enough egg white and breadcrumbs to dip half the sausages twice and I think dipping once was just as good.
Heat the remainder of the oil in a frypan (I didn't really measure but was more generous than usual with the oil) and place the sausages in the pan. Fry over medium heat, turning regularly until well browned and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper towel and serve hot.
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