Jack McCarthy's black pudding is championed by some of the best Irish chefs - it was served to the Queen on her state visit in 2011 and his Bramley apple sausages are made from free-range pork. Fortunately they are now becoming more widely available in specialist stores and online.
- 2 tblsp Rapeseed oil
- 1 Large onion, very finely sliced
- 2 tsp Plain flour
- 1 tblsp Chopped fresh sage
- 330 ml Bottle artisan dry cider
- 1-2 teaspoons crab apple jelly
- 8 Bramley apple pork sausages (preferably jack mccarthy’s)
- 1 Slice black pudding (preferably jack mccarthy’s)
- For the parsnip mash:
- 675 g Small parsnips, peeled and cut into 2.5cm pieces
- 25 g Butter
- 2 Small leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- Splash of cream
- Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C. For the parsnip mash, steam the parsnip for 15-20 minutes until tender.
- Meanwhile, sauté the leeks in the butter in a frying pan until softened but not coloured.
- Mash the parsnips and season with salt and pepper, then beat in the sautéed leeks with the mustard and cream.
- For the sage & cider gravy, heat half the rapeseed oil in a large pan and sauté the onion for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.
- Stir in the flour and cook for another minute, then gradually add the cider and allow to reduce down by half.
- Add the sage and then whisk in enough of the apple jelly to taste.
- Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
- Heat the remaining rapeseed oil in a large non-stick frying pan and sauté the sausages until lightly golden all over, turning regularly with a tongs.
- Transfer to a baking tin and place in the oven for another 10 minutes or until cooked through and tender.
- Break up the black pudding into small pieces.
- Return the frying pan to the heat and quickly sauté the black pudding for a couple of minutes until sizzling.
- Arrange the parsnip and leek mash on warmed serving plates with the Bramley apple bangers and spoon over the sage & cider gravy. Scatter over the black pudding crumble to serve.