Sunday, 11 April 2010

Sunshine and sun dried tomato vegan sausages

The weather girl predicted good weather for the weekend, and it certainly has been. The sunshine came out and decided to hang around for a long while.

Yesterday we went to a Country Park in the South West of Scotland, and today, we've been busy working in the garden plot. I'll tell you more about them both during the week, otherwise this entry will be way, way too long. For now may I share with you these home made vegan sausages, which we had for our brunch.
I am so glad I made them in advance as after the gardening, weeding and digging my back is feeling a little sore and now all I want to do is sit down and rest, maybe even have a long bath.
These olive and sun dried sausages don’t look the prettiest in their raw state. Even the flecks of red and black don't make them look particularly inviting, but once cooked, they were transformed and became rather appealing. These were substantial like good Glamorgan sausages and packed with flavours from the olives and sun dried tomatoes. D said it reminded him of vegetarian haggis, but I completely disagree. I think in his head he was making this equation because of the generous amount of oats. I would recommend making these the day before and allowing to chill in the fridge overnight, so the oats can swell. Also the mixture is quite soft and wasn’t particularly easy to roll into sausage shapes, so another idea would be to turn them into patties if you so wish. Or if your feeling more adventurous, perhaps using the filling for individual pies.
These vegan sausages were fab for breakfast or brunch, but I don’t think there would be any harm having them in the evening either. I'll be doing that one of these coming evenings, as we have another four left to enjoy.

Olive and Sun dried Tomato sausages
Serves 4
100g red lentils
250ml vegetable stock made with1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder
50g pitted black olives
2 medium leeks, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
2 tablespoons mint leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
75g medium oats
75g jumbo porridge oats
Dash of Tabasco
2teaspoons Tamari
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes from a jar, drained of excess oil and minced
Handful of parsley, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Cornmeal flour for rolling
Sunflower oil for shallow frying
Preheat oven to Gas mark 6. Cook the red lentils with the stock until soft. My lentils absorbed all the stock, but if yours doesn’t drain and set aside. Roast the olives, leeks garlic and sage leaves in the olive oil for 20 minutes of until soft. Blend the roasted vegetables, mint and the sun dried tomatoes in a food processor to form a rough paste consistency. Place the oatmeal and oats on a baking tray in the pre-heated oven and toast for 7 minutes until golden. Mix together the roasted vegetables, cooked red lentils and toasted oat. Season well. Shape into 8 sausages. Lightly rolling cornmeal and chill in the fridge. Shallow fry in sunflower oil until crisp and lightly browned. Serve as part of a veggie breakfast or with mash and gravy. Adapted from Demuths Green Seasons.


  1. WOW! THese look so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. I have a problem; there are far too many good-looking vege sausage and burger recipes in the blogsphere at the moment that I desperately want to cook but the husband has developed an aversion to them. What to do... :)

    Anyway, my point is that these look awesome!

  3. adding those to my list! thanks

  4. I love that you put mint in them, and what a great idea to use lentils in them; it sounds wonderful with the black olives and s/d tomatoes. I'll be trying these soon.

  5. Thank you again to Demuths!

    Your so welcome Morgan.

    Thank you Sarah.
    I agree there certainly are.
    My advice to you would be what I would do to my husband is say, thats what I've made so eat it up Mr or make your own grub :D My husband will snug his nose, but will eat it. Hopefully, your husband will do the same for you :)

    Frugla Life U.K

    Thanks Rose.

  6. Oh thank you for this post! I can't wait to try these. I am vegetarian and slowly going vegan. These sound so good.

    Amanda from Nourish :-)

  7. Waw!! These lentils &veggie sausages do look so tasty & luscious!

    Now, I would like to taste them even that it is breakfast time!

    Will make them tomorrow!

    Thanks for sharing!! MMMMM,...

  8. double triple and quadruple yum! can't wait to try these

  9. They look gorgeous, perfect for the BBQ,and I just love sundried toms, thank u x

  10. just the sort of sausages I love - and making them the night before sounds quite sensible - because I love the idea of waking up and popping them in the pan!

  11. I just printed your recipe up and hope to make them this week - they look fantastic! Funny, I've made various types of veggie burgers but never even thought about making sausages. Can't wait to try these.

  12. Your welcome Amanda.
    I do hope you enjoy them. I look forward to reading how your vegetarian to vegan transition goes. Warmest of wishes.

    They are good, just please please make them the evening before, so that they can firm up. I do hope when you make them you enjoy them as much as I did.

    Wow - thanks Clare.

    Karen, these are really tasty, but I don't think I would recommned making them on a BBQ, chances are like most homemade burgers, they may just collapse :( Now this one is def. for the frying pan :D

    Yeah your right Johanna, making them a day or two before makes perfect sense. Afterall the last thing I would want to do is make them from scratch early in the day.

    I do sincerely hope you enjoy these. You must let me know how you found them.

  13. Lentils in veggie sausages - brilliant idea. And they look wonderful to boot.
    Another one that goes into my recipe file!

  14. I just made a variant on these after being inspired by your post - they were great!

  15. Thank you Grapefruit.

    Oh Lysy Thank you so much for coming by and letting me know. I always love to hear from fellow bloggers if they've seen something on my blog to inspire them, because its a 'real compliment'. Thank you So, So much!


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