Sausages with Sticky Onion Gravy Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

Sausages:

  • 1 lb (about 8) of your favorite sausages (pork, beef, chicken, vegetarian, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sticky Onion Gravy:

  • 2-3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, for extra sweetness)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock (low-sodium is ideal)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Large skillet or Dutch oven
  • Plate for resting sausages
  • Whisk

Instructions:

Brown the sausages:

  • In a large skillet or Dutch Oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook until browned on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. If your pan is small, you might need to do this in batches.
  • Once browned, remove the sausages to a plate and set aside.

Cook the onions:

  • In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and deeply caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.
  • If you like a sweeter gravy, sprinkle the brown sugar over the onions and stir for a minute until it melts in.

Build the gravy:

  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, scraping up any tasty browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Gradually whisk in the beef stock, making sure to break up any lumps. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish and serve:

  • Return the sausages to the skillet and nestle them into the gravy. Cover partially and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the sausages are cooked through.
  • Serve the sausages and onion gravy over creamy mashed potatoes, with crusty bread, or your favorite side dish.

Tips:

  • Flavors to try: Add a sprig of rosemary or thyme for an extra herbal flavor infusion.
  • Vegetarian: Substitute with your favorite vegetarian sausages. Use vegetable stock for the gravy.
  • Make-ahead: Prepare the onion gravy ahead of time. Reheat and add the sausages to finish just before serving.

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