How in the world did I come up with Bangers and Lentil Mash you ask? It was a month long process of brain storming to participate in the Creative Cooking Club. This month’s challenge was a BLT sandwich that could not be bacon, lettuce or tomato. If you think it’s easy, think again. There are not many foods that start with an l that go well with foods that start with a t, although perhaps you’ve just thought of something I missed. If so, please tell me in the comments.
At the very last few days I just took a walk around Whole Foods for inspiration and settled immediately on lentils. I figure a lentil spread could be tasty if I could find some Bratwurst sausage. Whole Foods makes all of their own sausage and just for experimentation, I purchased a few bangers too. The guys at the meat counter told me I probably wouldn’t like bangers, that were made with bread crumbs and kind of bland. They were wrong about that but right about suggesting my T become tabasco.
I grilled both sausages on the grill and had my foodie neighbor taste test. We both agreed that the bangers won out because there was too much seasoning in the brats and would upset the delicious lentil mash which was flavored with pineapple sage from my garden.
Don’t feel badly if you don’t know what pineapple sage is. I had no idea either. Not to be confused with regular sage, it’s much lighter in flavor, more adaptable to spring and summer dishes and yes, it smells like pineapple. It would be great for iced tea, lemonade or your favorite cocktail, so stay tuned for future recipes, especially something with sprouted lentils, another new discovery.
I cooked the sprouted lentils with the pineapple sage and then added in salt and olive oil and tabasco sauce. This became the mash. The sausage was cooked on the grill, which took about ten minutes at medium high. I was going to do a tabasco aioli but ended up just mixing mayonnaise and tabasco sauce. I grilled sour dough bread, and began with tabasco mayo, topped with lentil mash and then the sausage, which got another squirt of tabasco and a chiffonade of more pineapple sage. This is truly a man’s sandwich, but a girl likes it too. Serve with beer and you have all you need.
- 1 cup cooked lentils
- garlic clove
- olive oil
- tobasco sauce
- pineapple sage (can use parsley, thyme, or herb of choice)
- sea salt
- black pepper
- banger sausages
- two slices sour dough bread, grilled with olive oil
- Cook lentils according to directions. Add in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, a garlic clove, salt pepper and pineapple sage (or other herb) and a sprinkling of tobasco sauce. If using pineapple sage, put pot while cooking and no need to remove. If using other herbs, remove before mashing. Mash lentils. You can use a blender, emulsion blender or potato masher.
- To make the mayonnaise, simply mix ¼ cup mayo with 1 teaspoon or more of tabasco sauce, to your taste.
- Grill bread in oven or on grill, brushing with olive oil. Spread on mayonnaise, top with mashed lentils, grilled sausage, chiffonade of pineapple sage (or other herb) and more tabasco sauce.