Poached Pears with Sausage and Bad King John

016 (4)Here’s something easy to whip up to warm your cockles in this inclement weather.

Sausage and Pears are natural bedfellows, and the sweet/savoury relationship that they share can be enhanced with some additions in the pan. Choose a robust sausage but it has to be pork – beef won’t quite taste the same. Firstly, take your sausage and chop into chunks, then put on a baking tray and cook in the oven. At 200c they’ll take about 30 minutes. I find that cooking them in the oven leaves them a little drier and less oily that frying can sometimes bring.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, take a tin of pears (tinned pears are softer already, so you save cooking time there; plus, I find they taste more ‘peary‘ than fresh, which is one of those curiosities of the tinning process, I guess!) and put in a large pan with a small knob of butter and one large sliced onion.

Over a low heat, gently saute the onion and pear (reserving some of the juice) and when they have gone translucent, add a splash of Balsamic Vinegar. It won’t take much to add colour and depth to the now-getting-mushy pears and onion, so be careful. Add a teaspoon of muscovado or light brown sugar, a little of the pear juice and keep simmering over a low heat. What you’ll end up with is a tart, sweet & sou,r chunky fruit mash. Keep tasting, and when you’re happy, turn off the heat and add the sausage. Stir, then pour into a warmed bowl and enjoy scooped up with sliced bread.

Beer-wise, I enjoyed a Bad King John (6%abv) by Oxfordshire’s Ridgeway Brewing. Famous for winning 2011’s Sainsbury’s Beer Challenge, it’s a complex beer but nowhere as fearsome as the label may suggest. There’s a slightly phenolic note to the nose, which is backed up by touches of oaky smoke and espresso coffee. But on the sip all that fades under a rounded softness, fuzzing the edges with soft blackcurrant and plum. The finish is bitter, but only fleetingly so. It compliments the sausage and pear perfectly, and leaves the whole meal with a warming, satisfying cuddle as the snow melts away and the rain and gales lash the windows.

Bad King John? Not nearly.

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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass. If you'd like to submit a piece for Tavern Tales, or contact me about any Freelance writing you think I would be suited to, then don't hesitate to contact me via email here.

Posted on 28/01/2013, in Beer and Food, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Another simple and tasty looking dish Leigh, perfect for this time of year. I love this sort of winter warmer food, reminds me of something we call Tatey Pot which comes from my North Eastern heritage. it’s basically a layered potato, onion and corned beef recipe with the odd tweak, baked long and slow in the oven and perfect with wedges of bread to mop up as with your creation.

    Cheers

  2. this sounds great and i’m not even keen on pear.

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