This rich and tasty sausage stew is flavoured with wild garlic and balsamic vinegar. It's a brilliant way making the most of foraged wild garlic as well as being a delicious family friendly dinner recipe.
Just like the wild garlic and cheese scones that I made recently, this sausage and wild garlic stew was not a recipe I planned in advance. We picked the wild garlic while walking through the woods and I just had to make something with it.
I chose to make a sausage and wild garlic stew as it's such a great family friendly meal. Who doesn't like sausages? And who doesn't love an easy meal with sausages?
A Store Cupboard Recipe
You may not immediately think of this as a store cupboard recipe. However, if you manage to get some wild garlic, you don't need many other fresh ingredients.
I always have a few extra onions in the cupboard as well as tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and stock cubes. I also often have a pack of sausages in the freezer.
How to find wild garlic
I've included a lot more information about foraging for wild garlic in my previous post about wild garlic scones. Do check it out if you're interested in foraging for wild garlic.
Basically, it grows damp ancient woodlands in spring and can be recognised by its distinctive garlic smell if you rub the leaves.
If you want more information about foraging in general then do check out Wild Food UK for advice.
What if I can't find wild garlic
If you can't find wild garlic then you can replace it with three cloves of fresh garlic in this recipe. Add the garlic after you have softened the onion. Add some spinach too to replace the greens.
Can I adapt this sausage stew in other ways?
This is a very simple recipe without lots of ingredients. That means it's great for midweek however, you can still put your own twist on it. If you want more vegetables then add a few.
You could finely dice a carrot and some celery and cook them with the onion at the start of the recipe. Or why not add some diced peppers and mushrooms?
How to Make this into a Vegetarian Recipe
If you don't eat meat then this wild garlic stew is just as good with vegetarian sausages. Cook it in exactly the same way.
If you have some wild garlic but don't want to make this with sausages (and are still reading!) then why not grill some halloumi and serve it with the tomato and wild garlic stew?
What to serve with this sausage and wild garlic stew
When I made this I had a lot of wild garlic and so I served it with homemade wild garlic scones. It's delicious with any bread though. Why not make a batch of this garlic and herb butter quick bread to serve with it?
There are lots of other side dishes that would be delicious with this. It's lovely with baked potatoes or mashed potatoes. You could even serve it with pasta or couscous.
Recipe for Sausage and Wild Garlic Stew
Sausage and Wild Garlic Stew
- 12 Sausages
- 2 onions finely diced
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 800 g tinned tomatoes
- 300 ml stock I used beef stock
- 40 g wild garlic diced
- Cook the sausages in a large saucepan. Keep turning them until they are browned on all sides. It'll take about 8 minutes.
- Remove the sausages from the pan and set aside. Pour away any excess oil just leaving a little to cook the onions.
- Cook the onions gently over a low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and stir. Cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and about three quarters of the wild garlic.
- Bring to the boil then add the sausages and lower to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Scatter the rest of the wild garlic over the stew just before serving.
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