Carrie Minns: Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes & Shallots

Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes and Shallot         
Course: dinner
Author: Carrie Minns
Prep time: 12 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 52 mins
Serves: 5


This recipe is one of my family’s favorites when the fresh stuff is slim. Most of the ingredients are canned goods you have in your pantry. I buy my chicken sausages at my meat counter. They always have a selection of “flavors” and I usually choose a few such as chicken and apple and chicken, feta and spinach. I like to serve this with brown rice but white rice, couscous, or quinoa would be equally as good. A side of steamed broccoli rounds out the meal, although, if you can get your hands on some fresh asparagus, I’d go for that instead. For the fresh thyme, I use some pretty scraggly stuff from out in my yard and it doesn’t seem to affect the taste so snip away at any thyme you may have creeping around.
 

Ingredients

  •  2 tbsp olive oil
  •  2 tbsp butter
  •  5 chicken sausages, uncooked, any flavor
  •  3 large shallot sections, peeled and coarsely chopped
  •  3 garlic cloves sliced lengthwise
  •  2 Bay leaves
  •  4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
  •  salt & pepper to taste
  •  1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  •  1 15-oz can white beans (cannellini, garbanzo, etc.) drained and rinsed


Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot such as a Le Creuset over medium heat.
  • Melt and heat your butter and olive oil.
  • Add in your sausages and brown about 1-2 minutes on each side.
  • Sprinkle in your shallots and using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently press them down to where they can cook in the oil and butter for about 3 minutes.
  • Add your garlic and do the same as with the shallots for about 1 minute.
  • Add your spices: salt & pepper, Bay leaf and thyme.
  • Pour tomatoes and all of their juices over the top of the whole thing.
  • Take the pot off the burner and put the whole thing in the oven with the lid off.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in your white beans.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes. Check your sausages for doneness.
  • Spoon over the top of brown rice.
  • Enjoy!!

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