Pork sausages with prunes, Guinness & lentils

Good butcher’s sausages add lots of flavour and oomph to one-pot dishes. Here they make a tasty and inexpensive supper, suitable for family or friends. The dish was inspired by Lidgate’s pork and Guinness sausages. The dark beer adds a savoury depth and here goes well, in both looks and taste, with the dark prunes and fresh leeks. Firm green lentils absorb the flavour of the other ingredients and give the dish body, making a most satisfying all-in-one meal.

Serves 4
2 tablespoons good lard, olive oil or vegetable oil
8 meaty pork sausages
2 leeks, sliced
1½ tablespoons plain flour
250ml (8fl oz) Guinness or other stout
500ml (17fl oz) chicken or pork stock
18 whole pitted prunes
100g (3½oz) firm green lentils (e.g. Puy or other small round lentils)
squeeze of lemon juice or pinch of demerara sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons roughly chopped flat leaf parsley

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

Place 1 tablespoon of the lard or oil in a flameproof casserole dish over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the sausages and brown them all over (about 8–10 minutes). You might need to do this in 2 batches, depending on the size of your dish. Set aside on a plate.

Add the remaining tablespoon of fat to the pan. When hot, add the leeks and cook over a medium-low heat until soft (about 5 minutes).

Sprinkle over the flour and stir for a minute. Pour in the stout, bring to the boil and let it bubble away for a couple of minutes. Add the stock, prunes and lentils, then return the sausages back to the dish. Add a few twists of pepper and just a touch of salt as the sausages and stock are already salted). Bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 25–30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender – they don’t need to be completely soft – and the sausages are cooked. Stir a couple of times whilst cooking and check the seasoning at the end, adjusting if necessary. If the dish is too salty, a squeeze of lemon juice or a pinch of demerara can make the dish more palatable.

Scatter the parsley over the dish and serve with mashed potato.

Types of Meat Grinders

Types of Meat Grinders

Meat grinders exist in different types. However, all these meat grinders are built to serve the same purpose- grinding your meat into those fine pieces you want. All meat grinders come with similar basic parts that are critical to the functioning of the grinder. These parts include the hopper, the tray that you place your meat on just before feeding it into the grinder. A pusher, mostly a plastic plunger, helps push the meat down the grinder. A feed tube is the tube that feeds the pieces of meat into the blade. This movement of meat is assisted by use of a screw. At the blades section, the meat is ground into very fine pieces by the blades and forced out through the holes on the plate from where it is collected in a collecting bowl. This is how your best meat grinder operates.

manual meat grinder

Types of Meat Grinders

There are different types of meat grinders. Their difference is mainly based on how the grinders operate. These different types include:

  • Manual meat grinders
  • Electric meat grinders
  • Stand-alone grinder attachments
  1. Manual Meat Grinders

Manual meat grinders are some of the simplest meat grinders. This is your best meat grinder if you are in areas with unreliable electrical power. This meat grinder does not require electrical power to operate. It uses human power, where you turn it round and round to grind meat.

manual meat grinderManual meat grinder is the best meat grinder for people on a budget. It is cheap, actually goes for less than $30.00 for most models. They are ideal for people who grind small quantities of meat once in a while.

Manual meat grinders are sturdier as you clamp it on to a surface. This makes it less mobile, but sturdier.

  1. Electric Meat Grinders

Also referred to as stand mixers, this grinder is your best meat grinder if you grind large quantities of meat or grind eat regularly. It runs solely on electrical power. It is designed to handle large quantities of meat as it comes with a strong motor.

Electric meat grinder

Electric meat grinder is designed for those who are fond of grinding meat. Since it works by a click of a power button, you can grind meat every now and then.

Electrical meat grinders are fast as the powerful motor goes through the pieces of meat with ease. You can therefore grinds several hundreds of pounds of meat in just a few hours. These grinder are ideal for commercial purposes due to their speed and strength.

  1. Stand-alone Grinder Attachments

These are attachments that are attached onto the electric grinder to give you more grinding options. Most electric grinders come with a limited number of attachments. Therefore, if you want to grind sausage meat, you are required to get an attachment that will make this possible.

Stand-alone attachments enable you grind more ingredients besides meat. You can add ingredients such as garlic and vegetables which lets you make your own recipes.

Stand-alone Grinder Attachments

You now know the different types of meat grinder available in the market today. The type of meat grinder you buy depends on your intended use, therefore it’s your call to choose the best meat grinder that fits your purpose.