I love peas. I often forget how much I love them until early summer hits and suddenly I’m flooded with peas. Peas, peas, peas.
I didn’t always love peas. I grew up hating the frozen kind (although I’ve come to rethink that in recent years) though I remember loving them beside the mashed-potato-like-product in a TV Dinner (I’m a child of the 70’s after all).
Peas are surprisingly tricky to cook – you can easily overcook them or undercook them. That makes them a great accompaniment to sausage because you can cook them as the meat rests (I put the sausage back in the pan to serve) and serve them precisely when they are ready to eat.
This is an extremely easy recipe to make and takes about 20-25 minutes to make.
Sausage, Peas, Onions and Ale – Recipe Ingredients
- 4 sausages (preferably from a smaller butcher or homemade from animals that lived good lives)
- Small bit of oil or fat
- 1 medium onion, cut into strips (this helps them keep their texture)
- 0.5 cup of beer (a stronger flavored beer, such as an ale is perfect)
- 1 cup of peas (measure after shelling)
- 1 heaping tablespoon mustard (dijon or whole grain are great)
- Squirt of honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
Sausage, Peas, Onions and Ale – Recipe Instructions
- Pre-heat heavy pan on medium-high heat. Add sausages ad cook, flipping gently several times for 8 minutes.
- Add onions and continue to brown sausages (about 2 minutes). Add beer, place lid on top and wait for the beer to start to steam (should take a minute or two). Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Remove sausages, put them on a plate. Add peas, mustard and honey. Add a few tablespoons of additional beer if pan is dry). There should be a bit of beer left in the pan when cooking is complete so use that as your guideline when deciding if it’s too dry or not. Place lid and steam until peas are cooked but still have texture (2-3 minutes). Add sausage and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cooking time for your sausage will vary dramatically based on the size and thickness of them. Use your best judgement; I’ve posted a few tips on how to cook sausage on the stove here.
- Many sausages are well-salted or seasoned so use care seasoning this and consider seasoning it on the plate.