I absolutely adore savoy cabbage, I always get some from the market when I can. I made this dish on a whim while searching the almighty internet for some ideas on using up my half used savoy cabbage, I came across a Nigel slater recipe that was the inspiration for this dish. It couldn’t be simpler and just requires a little bit of attention to detail to get the most out of this dish. Buy the best sausages you can afford as it makes all the difference.
- 3-4 sausages of choice
- ½ a savoy cabbage, tough inner core removed and sliced
- 3 rashers of smoked bacon, diced into small cubes
- 1 garlic clove finely sliced
- 1 handful of french beans sliced in half
- Olive oil or vegetable oil (the cheap stuff, don’t use your best oil for this)
- Salt and pepper
- Take your pan and put on a medium heat with a little oil, then take your sausages and remove the outer skins. Tear off chunks of sasauge meat into the pan and fry until golden. When browned add your smoked bacon pieces and fry until crisp.
- Once the bacon is crisp add the garlic and fry for about 30 seconds until the garlic just begins to soften, be careful not to burn the garlic as it will turn bitter and acrid. Then add the french beans and sliced cabbage leaves. Add a few table spoons of water and season with a pinch of salt and pepper, cover the pan with a lid or plate and simmer on low for about 5 minutes until the cabbage has wilted and the beans are cooked but still have crunch. Adjust the seasoning if you need to then serve. It’s optional, but this would also be nice topped with a poached egg.