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Smoked cheese and bean sausages

Smoked cheese and bean sausages - homemade vegetarian sausages that are easy to make and SO TASTY! Perfect with a roast dinner, mash and gravy, or chips and beans!

I don’t mind admitting that it took me three tries to perfect this recipe for smoked cheese and bean sausages. I was desperately trying to make them vegan and gluten-free, for no reason other than because I like to challenge myself. Turns out, it’s just not possible (well, it probably is, but I didn’t manage it). With my first two attempts, the sausages looked okay before baking, but after a few minutes in the oven they melted down into a big, flat sheet of vegetarian sausage. Not exactly the look I was going for.

Smoked cheese and bean sausages - homemade vegetarian sausages that are easy to make and SO TASTY! Perfect with a roast dinner, mash and gravy, or chips and beans!

In the end I abandoned the vegan / gluten-free thing, and instead turned to the tried and tested combination of egg and breadcrumbs. They provide a solid base for any kind of vegetarian sausage – in the past I’ve made mushroom and brie sausagesgreen olive and artichoke sausages, and sun-dried tomato and pine nut sausages. It works every time, and gives a great ‘meaty’ texture to whatever kind of vegetarian sausages you fancy.

This time I used white beans for a bit of extra protein, and smoked cheddar for flavour. Have you ever had smoked cheese? It’s got soooo much flavour – you don’t need a huge amount to make these sausages super tasty. A handful of fresh parsley finishes it all off perfectly.

Smoked cheese and bean sausages - homemade vegetarian sausages that are easy to make and SO TASTY! Perfect with a roast dinner, mash and gravy, or chips and beans!

As with all of my recipes, these bean sausages are really easy. Mix everything up together in a food processor, shape into sausages, and bake until they’re golden brown and crispy. A monkey could do it.

Smoked cheese and bean sausages - homemade vegetarian sausages that are easy to make and SO TASTY! Perfect with a roast dinner, mash and gravy, or chips and beans!

You can serve your bean sausages in a million different ways. They’re great as part of a Sunday roast, with roast potatoes and roasted vegetables. You can serve them bangers-and-mash style, with mashed potato, veggies, and a good glug of gravy. Or, if you prefer, serve them with chips (fries!) and baked beans to take yourself back to your childhood. All of these ways are fab.

Smoked cheese and bean sausages - homemade vegetarian sausages that are easy to make and SO TASTY! Perfect with a roast dinner, mash and gravy, or chips and beans!

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5 from 1 vote

Smoked cheese and bean sausages

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main meal
Servings: 8 sausages
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 140 g bread (4 average slices)
  • 2 eggs
  • Small bunch fresh parsley
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 400 g tin cannellini beans, drained (240g, or ~ 1 1/4 cups, when drained)
  • 65 g smoked cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1 cup when grated)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F). Line and lightly grease a baking tray, and set aside.
  • Add the bread to a food processor, and blitz to form a coarse crumb. Add the eggs, parsley, and a good pinch of salt and pepper, and blitz again to combine.
  • Next add the drained cannellini beans and the grated smoked cheddar, and blitz for around 10 seconds, so that the mixture is combined, but still has a bit of texture. It should be quite sticky, but firm.
  • With clean hands, split the mixture into 8 roughly even portions. Working with one section at a time, firmly squeeze the mixture together, and form it into a sausage shape. Place on the lined baking tray, and repeat with the remaining sausage mixture. Bake for around 50 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

 

Bean sausages NI

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose.

If you’ve got any smoked cheese left over, it’s great in my smoked cheddar, walnut and broccoli tarts:

Smoked cheddar, walnut and broccoli tarts

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Brendan

Friday 15th of June 2018

Nice!! Easy to make. Looks really tasty. Will surely try making it.

Kelsey

Monday 19th of September 2016

These look great! Can they be made ahead and frozen/refrigerated, either prior to cooking or after cooking?

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 19th of September 2016

I've not tried freezing these so I can't say for sure, but I say you should try everything once :) I'd probably try shaping them and then freeze them before cooking? They can definitely be refrigerated either before or after cooking too :)

Harriet from Toby & Roo

Monday 25th of April 2016

These look lovely! I love sausages like this - they remind me of glamorgan sausages! H x

Helen Kennedy

Saturday 2nd of April 2016

Yummy! I served them with home made oven chips and onion gravy the first day (with some stir mushrooms with garlic and soya on the side). They were fine gently warmed the next day with new potatoes and cauliflower. Thank you for sharing.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 4th of April 2016

Thanks Helen, glad you liked them :) They're so good with gravy!

Jacqueline Meldrum

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

With gravy, oh yes please Becca. Fab! Stumbled, pinned and yummed.

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