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Tuesday 13 December 2011

Veggie Christmas: Super Sun-Dried Sausage Breakfast

Vegetarians are pretty well catered for when it comes to Christmas dinner now. I'm opting for Michelle's awesome nut roast, and there are plenty of other options for meat-free mains if you're declining the turkey.

My problem is Christmas morning, when I know my other half will be tucking into a traditional bacon sandwich. Nothing says "happy birthday baby  Jesus" like two rashers of bacon smothered in brown sauce between two slices of white toast, does it? Or at least "hello stomach, prepare yourself for the FEAST that is to come".

Christmas Day breakfast has to set you up for a day of eating, go nicely with a glass of breakfast prosecco ('breakfast prosecco' is definitely a thing), and be ready in less than ten minutes. I have presents to tear open, games to play and sentimental films to watch, dammit. It must also never, ever, involve fake-on (fake vegetarian bacon). Texture of insoles, flavour of Frazzles.

So here's what I'll be going for on Christmas morning. Any other suggestions for a perfect start to the day?

Sausage and sun-dried tomato sandwich

You will need:
  •  2 vegetarian sausages - I suggest the veggie Lincolnshire ones, or any with some texture. Not Quorn, basically.
  • 1 tbsp oil for frying
  • Crusty bread roll or two slices of toast
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, plus 3 tbsp of oil from the jar
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (if you can't find it, use normal paprika or cayenne)
Make it!

  1. Make the sauce by blitzing the sun-dried tomatoes, oil, lemon juice and cayenne in a mini-blender, and blitz to a paste. If you don't have a blender, then chop the tomatoes into teeny pieces before mixing with the other ingredients.
  2. Heat the oil in a small frying pan over a medium-heat and fry the sausages for about 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Slice the sausages lengthways down the middle without separating them, and briefly fry the open sides to crisp them up.
  3. Spread the sun-dried tomato paste on your toast or bread roll and lay the sliced sausages inside. Eat while sat in front of the Christmas tree, squeezing your gifts to try and work out which are the most exciting ones, and which are definitely socks


  1. This photo makes me happy. "No, we can't have breakfast until I've taken a photo. No! It's for Christmas - hold it up by the tree!"

  2. yum! Why wait for christmas?!

  3. Siany - were you spying on me? "Move the tree closer! MIND THE LIGHTS!"

    Anon - why indeed? It's often my Sunday morning treat.

  4. At risk of being controversial I love Fake-on....

  5. It can't be worse than Mock Duck.

  6. *adds Mock Duck stir-fry to list of recipes to blog about*


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