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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Sausages : What Have You Got Toulouse !

Regular readers will know that I quite frequently include good old 'Banger's and Mash' on the menu plans ... but of course served the LCHF way. Using sausages with a high meat content and the mash being either celeriac or swede.

Banger's and celeriac mash with roast fennel and green beans
you can see the recipe here

But I wonder have you tried a Toulouse Sausage?

"This fresh sausage was first found at the markets of Toulouse at the end of the 18th century. Try as you might, you will not find it anywhere else, not even in the area around the city. Toulouse sausage is a specialty of the South-West, and carries a prestigious red label. It must now meet a strict list of specifications at the time it is made, guaranteeing its exceptional quality and flavour.

Free from colourings, preservatives and additives, Toulouse sausage is 75% lean pork and 25% pork breast, with salt and pepper, all contained in a natural skin. Its pinkish colour and wide diameter of 3 cm give it its distinctive appearance.

Whether eaten grilled or in a confit (preserved in fat), in a cassoulet or with haricot beans from Tarbes, Toulouse sausage retains its unique flavour and reveals the authentic taste of the South-West. It will be even more enjoyable served with a regional wine."

picture and words above from here

"Enjoying the gentle way of life in the Toulouse area of Southern France means taking the time to live. The atmosphere here reveals the personality of people in the South, authentic and friendly.While Toulouse knows how to live, it also knows how to entertain guests, often around a table laden with local products to savour: foie gras, duck breast, cassoulet, Toulouse sausage, wine, cheese and more "

"In France, there are many versions of the Toulouse Sausage. However, the main ingredients are: Pork, Red Wine and Garlic. We marinate our pork in the red wine for at least 24 hours before adding lashings of fresh garlic, fresh herbs and cracked black pepper.

This sausage is not for the faint hearted, you must love Garlic for this one. It is a rich, strong flavour with a distinctive aroma of Garlic and Red Wine.

The most famous recipe for Toulouse sausage is the Cassoulet. However Toulouse is great with Pasta and Salads but also, please try those on the Barbecue as they are simply delicious." 

Picture and words above from here

... and finally, you don't have to go to France to get Toulouse sausages,
many supermarkets do have their own versions, so if you do buy some,
here is a lovely recipe from Dominic Chapman  
Toulouse sausage with braised lentils,

See his step by step guide here

All the best Jan


Jo said...

Ha ha, love what you did with the title of this post. I love good old bangers and mash, with a few baked beans on the side, proper comfort food.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thanks for sharing another great post. I can not eat suasages, they do not agree with me.
Have a happy day!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So happy to have found your blog LC. My hubby and I have just started Dr Mosley's '8 Week Blood Sugar Diet' it's basically a 800 calories a day diet with no carbs. So it's brilliant to see your delicious low carb recipes here.

Linda Kay said...

We love sausage, but it doesn't always like me. We had fish and roasted vegetables last night for dinner.

Snowbird said...

What an interesting choice of mash! Sometimes I use cauliflower, lovely it

chris c said...

Don't know these Toulouse sausages but most of our local butchers and farm shops have their own specialities and variations. Gloucester Old Spot (a vintage pig breed) is one of my current favourites, so are wild boar and venison sausages, then all the rest are favourites too! I mostly avoid the commercial types full of rusk (carbs) and as for vegetarian sausages, well let's not go there.

Carla from The River said...

I know I would love this sausage. We love garlic.
We have a lot of German sausage makers here in Wisconsin.

Lowcarb team member said...

I must admit Eddie 'groaned' when he saw the title of this, but he did have a smile on his face, LOL! So I am glad you said "Ha ha, love what you did with the title of this post"

You can't beat good old banger's and mash can you (no matter how you serve the mash)

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Thanks for your comment, and yes, not all foods agree with everyone.
I'd love to visit Toulouse though it sounds an interesting place.
Hope the week has been good for you.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment and a warm welcome to the low carb diabetic blog. You will find a wide variety of articles, recipes and even music on our Saturday Night Is Music Night spot, so I hope you may visit us again.

All the best Jan

Down by the sea said...

A great title, we too enjoy bangers and mash. Your post reminded me that we haven't eaten them with lentils for ages which is equally delicious and makes a nice change. Sarah x

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, you do sometimes find that not all foods suit ... so care should always be taken.
I love the sound of your "fish and roasted vegetables last night for dinner"

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, mash doesn't have to be with potatoes ... swede, celeriac or indeed cauliflower are very tasty and lower in carbs too!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Toulouse Inspired Sausages were new to us too ... I got some from Sainsbury's and they were made with 80% pork. They were quite 'smelly' in a nice way, because of the garlic and herbs and I cooked them with onions too - yum!
There are so many great sausage recipes available from butchers and farmers markets, yours always sound good to me.
'Down South' recently we passed (but didn't stop this time) one of our favourite Farm Shops and it was busy!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

I didn't know you had a lot of "German sausage makers here in Wisconsin." bet the sausages are very tasty!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Sarah (Down by the sea)
Glad you liked the title, and perhaps you may enjoy some great tasting sausages very soon.

All the best Jan

Kezzie said...

Ooooh the lentil dish looks sensational!!!x

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes that sausage and lentil dish looks sensationally gorgeous doesn't it.
I love sharing recipe ideas.

All the best Jan