Lebanese sausages (makanek) recipe
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Preparation Time 5 minutes
Cooking Time 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
500g makanek (see note) or merguez sausages (see note)
2 tbs pomegranate molasses
1. Using your index finger and thumb, press firmly through a sausage at the halfway point to separate the meat, then twist the sausage casing to make 2 smaller sausages (if using merguez sausages, twist at two even points to form 3 smaller sausages). Using kitchen scissors, cut at the twist to separate. Repeat with remaining sausages.
2. Preheat a chargrill pan or barbecue to medium and cook sausages, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer sausages to a bowl, add pomegranate molasses and stir to combine.
3. Place makanek on a platter and serve immediately.
Serves 4-6 as a mezze.
Pomegranate molasses is from selected supermarkets and delis.
Merguez sausages are typically North African in origin. They are usually made from lamb or beef, or a mixture of both, and are spiced with chilli and harissa, which gives them a red colour. Available from selected butchers.
If you can't find makanek or merguez sausages, substitute lamb, beef or pork sausages; the pomegranate molasses will make the dish taste as authentic.
Makanek is a type of Lebanese sausage made from a mixture of beef, lamb and sometimes pork. A comforting spicy staple in winter, these are cooked on the barbecue or fried in their own juices and then seasoned with lemon juice or pomegranate molasses for a thick, delicious gravy to mop up with flat bread. Serve them with lemon wedges to squeeze over if you like them extra tangy!
MasterChef - February 2011, Page 74
Recipe by Kamal Mouzawak
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