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Recipe:Vegan:Butter Bean Sausages

binder for at least a year! It's adapted from Sue Kreitzmann's
Complete Low-Fat Cookbook. The sausages have a rather strange colour,
thanks to the red wine, but are truly delicious, and they freeze well.
I have been eating them for breakfast with Spaghetti Hoops, but I'm
sure a more sophisticated accompaniment is possible... 

I'd appreciate any ideas on other (vegan) things to serve them with.
When I see 'veggie sausages' I immediately think of baked beans, but
since these are already made of beans I don't want to do that.
Possibly some low-fat chips (fries)...ideas please, because I love
these sausages but my husband is laughing at my Spaghetti Hoops! 

For those who hate nutritional yeast - replace with a few more
breadcrumbs and season well before coating.


* Butter Bean Sausages *

Serves 2 - 3

125g (4oz) aubergine (eggplant), peeled and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
pinch chilli powder (optional)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
100ml (4 fl oz) dry red wine
100ml (4 fl oz) vegetable stock, made with cube
1 425g (15 oz) can butter beans
1 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
2 tbsp each orange and lemon juice
salt and freshly-ground black pepper

To coat the sausages:

25g (1 oz) breadcrumbs
2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

1. Combine the aubergine, onion, chilli powder, garlic, wine and stock
in a small frying pan. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer briskly for
7 minutes. Uncover, and continue to cook, stirring, until the onion is
very soft and the liquid is gone, adding more water as needed. 

2. Put the aubergine mixture in a blender with the butter beans,
breadcrumbs and juices. Puree until smooth and season to taste. 

3. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.

4. Meanwhile, put the breadcrumbs in the blender with the nutritional
yeast and process until *very* fine. 

5. Spread the crumbs on a plate, and drop spoonfuls of the bean
mixture on top. Carefully roll around to form sausages, coated with
the crumbs. Make about 10. 

6. Open freeze on a bag spread on a baking sheet, or cook under the
grill (broiler) for about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Be
careful - they are fragile until the crust has formed. You can cook
them from frozen in the same way, for slightly longer. 

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