Green Bean and Sausage Sandwich with Pear Mustard and Thyme

by eat in my kitchen

Bean, Sausage and Pear Mustard Sandwich

A bag full of green beans and a handful of overly ripe pears called for an urgent recipe. In the end, it became a sandwich, almost everything works in a sandwich, but if you prefer, you could easily leave out the bun and go for a proper lunch or dinner.

Crunchy green beans, sautéed until just al dente, pair deliciously well with hearty herb sausage and honey-sweet pears. I cook the fruit in the sausages’ concentrated frying juices until golden and soft, but still in shape. A part of them goes on top of the beans snuggled in next to the meat but the rest is turned into a spicy and aromatic fruit mustard – it’s so good, you can also use it for steak, roasts and burgers. I’m absolutely hooked on it! The ratio has to be balanced, lots of pear stand up confidently against a teaspoon of fine Dijon mustard. It’s more of a mustardy sauce than a thick dip, fruity and rich. And don’t expect a beauty, it comes in a rather pale beige but the taste totally makes up for it.

Bean, Sausage and Pear Mustard Sandwich

Green Bean and Sausage Sandwich with Pear Mustard and Thyme

Serves 2 (as a sandwich or, without the buns, as a warm pan dish)

buns, cut in half, 2
green beans, the ends snipped off, 160g / 5 1/2 ounces
(use 300g / 10 1/2 ounces beans if you serve them without the bun)
olive oil
fine sea salt
ground pepper
herb sausages 2
pears, rinsed (not peeled), cored, cut into slim wedges, 2
Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon

For the topping

fresh thyme leaves 1-2 teaspoons
black peppercorns, crushed in a mortar

In a large pot, blanche the beans for a few minutes in salted water until al dente, drain and rinse quickly with cold water. Transfer back to the pot, stir in a splash of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a splash of olive oil in a heavy pan and cook the sausages on medium heat for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Take the meat out of the pan and set aside, add the pear wedges (leave 2 wedges out on a plate) and sauté for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown, set the pan aside. Transfer about 100g / 3 1/2 ounces of the cooked pear into a blender, add the mustard and purée until smooth. Season with salt, pepper and mustard to taste and set aside. If you want to serve it as a warm pan dish stop here, add the sausages and beans to the pan and serve with the pear mustard sauce and thyme.

For the sandwich, cut the remaining uncooked pear wedges into slim slices. Brush the soft inside of the buns with the juices from the pan and lay the beans and uncooked, sliced pear on top. Divide the sausage and cooked pear wedges between the buns and sprinkle with crushed pepper and thyme. Finish it off with luscious dollops of the pear mustard, close the bun and enjoy.

Bean, Sausage and Pear Mustard Sandwich

 

Bean, Sausage and Pear Mustard Sandwich

 

Bean, Sausage and Pear Mustard Sandwich