Wednesday, August 4, 2010

South African Boerewors Meat and 3 Veg Recipe

Ah yes, good ol' meat and 3 veg.  The reliable fare many of us grew up with.  Meat and 3 veg doesn't have to be a boring affair even when ensuring you're serving traditional, healthy, wholesome dishes.  This recipe uses South African Boerewors which is a full flavored sausage that translated means Farmer Sausage, coupled with the popular side dish of honey carrots and peas and a creamy potato mash seasoned with wholegrain mustard.  Hearty and delicious this meal may become one of the meat and 3 veg meals on your regular rotation. 
Image: South African Boerewors with honey peas and carrot and mustard mash by S. Hensley Copyright Orsons Retro

South African Boerewors with Honey Peas and Carrot and Mustard Mash
Serves 4

2 South African Boerewors Sausages
4 medium sized potatoes
2 medium carrots
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic
water for 2 saucepans
Salt and pepper
Step 1
In a pre-heated oven (200 degree's Celsius) add the boerewors which is arranged whole (circular) on a baking tray with 1/4 of the butter. Cook for 30 - 40 minutes.  When finished it should have a lovely, crunchy exterior.

Step 2
Boil the chopped potatoes in salted water with the garlic clove.  (water should be 3% salt)  Boil for 11- 16 minutes until potato is tender.

Step 3
Chop washed, peeled carrots julienne style (long, thin sticks).  In a small saucepan filled with water add the carrots and peas and boil for 5 minutes.

Step 4
Strain the potatoes and place strained potato back in saucepan while placing back on low heat on the stove.  Add majority of the butter leaving a teaspoon for the carrots and peas.  If you need more butter don't be afraid to add some.  Add the garlic clove.  Mix well and add the mustard and some salt and pepper. Mash.  When fully mashed and mixed remove from stove.

Step 5
Remove peas and carrots from stove and strain.  In the empty saucepan add the remaining butter, honey and stir over low simmer heat.  Return the peas and carrots and mix gently through the honey/butter mix well until all is combined.  This takes no more than a minute.  Remove from heat.

Step 6
Slice the sausage into chunky medium sized pieces.  Arrange on a plate or bowl with the mash and the peas and carrots.  Drizzle a small amount of the honey sauce over each of the carrot and pea mixes in each serving.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Hints:  A garnish of parsley or other seasonal herbs could add some flavour to this meal.  Boerewors is a fantastic sausage that beautifully compliments salads and pastas and can be an exotic substitute for chorizo or kabana.  Boerewors can be purchased from well stocked deli's and butchers or you could make your own.  For great boerewors recipes check-out or both websites have authentic, traditional recipes that will get your mouth watering. 

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