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Summer Sarnie Series – Lamb Sausage with Mint & Coriander Balsamic Onions


A posh Butty is what we would call this in Liverpool and for those who have never heard the term Butty before it usually refers to two slices of bread and butter filled with chips and any decent takeaway from the chip shop would not be the same without it. Even though I love chip butties dripping with butter and malt vinegar they aren’t quite the same out of the UK so when I opt for another sandwich it has to be a little more creative.

Hubby thinks this summer series of sandwiches/buttie/sarnies is a great idea, although perhaps not as impressed with the waiting around while I style and shoot them first but I’m getting a lot quicker now I have converted our spare room into my studio. I wanted to challenge myself with photographing what I consider quite a difficult subject, sandwiches don’t always look that great in pics and meat even worse.

To make the posh butty I have used the best lamb sausages I could get hold of and a few slices of sour dough bread. Caramelized onions with balsamic and two herbs. I’m sure Scouser would approve of me straying away from the chip butty if I served them this one (Scouser is a term for someone coming from Liverpool)

Ingredients for balsamic onions
1 onion, sliced
Dash of olive oil
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
1tbsp soy sauce
Generous handful of fresh mint and coriander, chopped

Place the olive oil and onion in a frying pan and sauté on a low heat for 5 minutes.
Add the balsamic and soy and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Add the herbs and use immediately.
Toast your bread then butter it, add a layer of onions, place the cooked sausages ontop of the onions, add another slice of toasted buttered bread and enjoy!

25 Comments Post a comment
  1. That’s a chic butty 😉

    January 29, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      LOL I’m sure you would force one down tho :0) , I was wondering how my Brit readers would take it, just waiting for the Scousers to comment now!

      January 29, 2012
  2. Looks delicious!!!
    Being a savoury breakfast person – this is something I would LOVE!!!

    January 29, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      I prefer Savoury these days too, it’s looking like mushrooms and polenta this morning….it’s all the cold weather

      January 29, 2012
  3. That sausage butty looks amazing and ever so scrumptious! I love that shot.



    January 29, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Thanks Rosa

      January 29, 2012
  4. …and chips on the side taste just as good!!

    January 29, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Oh yes, chips on the side for brunch but don’t tell anyone!

      January 29, 2012
  5. Oh don’t talk about chip butties, making me drool at the mouth! Can’t believe I really ate those and would still love one right now! This is definitely the upmarket version and looks mouthwateringly delicious!

    January 29, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Hubby laughs at me when I say me instead of my, your reply made me grin

      January 29, 2012
  6. I love chip butty’s the most, i mean this looks gorgeous, but there is nothing like a hot chip butty.. eaten FAST! c

    January 29, 2012
  7. I think it’s a toss up between whether a chip buttie or a sausage sarnie is best. That looks delicious. Great styling of the sandwich for the photograph. A hit on all fronts.

    January 30, 2012
  8. That´s a seriouslyh sexy butty – haven´t had my breakfast yet and could just eat this now 🙂

    January 30, 2012
  9. That looks amazing, my husband would adore to be cooked such a butty! You have made the photos look really beautiful, I love the simplicity and the lighting.

    January 30, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Many thanks Alex, I have become a little obsessed with photography lately but try not to let it spoil the enjoyment of eating the food!

      January 30, 2012
  10. Those look great and I need to make lamb sausage, still haven’t tried my hand at those. I doubt I could get the quality you found at a shop!

    January 30, 2012
  11. Bunny Eats Design #

    Interesting. For me, the term butty means a single slice of untoasted bread that is filled and folded in half. 2 slices would make it a normal sandwich. I’m not English by any means though, so I’m not sure where I picked that up from! We had many a chip butty when I was a high school student. A loaf of bread and a $2 pillow sized parcel of chips would feed many hungry mouths.

    My husband is the same when it comes to holding up his dinner for photos. At least with the Sarnie Series, it doesn’t get too cold before you get to eat. Sometimes, I serve my husband’s plate first and then take my time photographing my own plate.

    Would a Scouser sprinkle malt vinegar over their chip butty?

    January 30, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      I suppose it depends on how piggy you are as to whether you eat one folded piece or double :o) And yes, definitely vinegar no matter how much bread!

      January 31, 2012
  12. That’s what I call a great sandwich, love your photo!

    January 31, 2012
  13. That sandwich looks fantastic, in fact, I’m wishing it was lunchtime already! And a chip butty, mmmmm :-))

    January 31, 2012
  14. mairi29 #

    Chip butty bacon butty love ’em…and your right they are just not the same outside of the mother country 🙂 And you have made that sandwich look fantastic, love the pic 🙂

    February 5, 2012
  15. What a beautiful mingling of flavors for a sandwich, impressive! And stunning shot 🙂

    February 6, 2012
  16. Gorgeous pic Alli !

    February 8, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Thanks Bron

      February 10, 2012

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