Sausages Braised In Red Wine – Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 45 minutes

Ingredients: 8 Sausages
Olive oil
16 button onions or shallots
6-8 slices of bacon or one very thick (about 1cm or about setting ‘8’ on those machines at the Deli counter) slice of bacon/ham, chopped.
A teaspoon of plain flour (some use a tablespoon depending on thickness required)
275-300ml of Red Wine
A clove of garlic, sliced or crushed
Thyme
2/3 Bay leaves
About 175-200g of (button) mushrooms

Directions: Fry the sausages in the oil until browned evenly
Set aside the sausages (wrap them in foil to keep them hot)
Fry the chopped bacon/ham with the onions until browned
Sprinkle over the flour to soak up the oils
Stir in the wine (the floury oil will mix in and make the wine a wonderful violet colour as it starts to thicken)
Put the sausages back in
Add the garlic and thyme
Tuck in the bay leaves
Cover and simmer on a very low heat for 30 minutes
Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 20 minutes, adding a little red wine if necessary. At this stage you could also add a teaspoon of honey depending on taste required.

Serve with creamy mash potatoes.

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