20 April 2012

Nigella Lawson's Game Changing Merguez Sausage with Halloumi and Flame-Roasted Peppers

Merguez Sausage with Halloumi and Flame-Roasted Red Peppers
If Delia Smith is the Queen of British "Cookery" then Nigella Lawson is the princess who made cooking fun with a little cheeky wit. Nigella not only plays up on her looks but is the daughter of former Conservative cabinet minister Nigel Lawson (now Lord Lawson) the second most powerful person in politics while serving as Margaret Thatcher's Chancellor of the Exchequer and the late Vanessa Salmon heir to the Lyons Corner House empire.

 Nigella has a way with words and attended Oxford and has a degree in Medieval and Modern Languages. It was a natural progression for her to pursue a career as a freelance writer for a range of renowned magazines and newspapers. She had made a success as a prolific journalist and broadcaster. 


Her cookbooks How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food and How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking, to name two, were also a natural progression from the many food articles she has penned. Her columns received so much attention that a television deal was struck, leading to a cooking show called Nigella Bites and then Forever Summer.

Off camera, Nigella Lawson has suffered some hardships, as her husband of nine years who encouraged her along the way, journalist John Diamond, died in 2001 (however she has since remarried Charles Saatchi). She also lost her mother and sister to cancer.

In 2007 she came out with her own line of kitchenware, Living Kitchen, which has cemented her celebrity status.There is no doubt she deserves her place on the Gourmet Live's 50 Women Game Changers.

Whether you agree or disagree with the authors chosen fifty and their order it has been an enjoyable and creative outlet to cook from the masters and those we admire with a group of dedicated ladies. There have even been a few successful bloggers on "the list". We have checked out books from the library, borrowed cookbooks from friends, surfed the Internet and browsed our own cookbook collections seeking that one recipe that will highlight that weeks outstanding woman. This group is spearheaded by my favourite well-travelled blogger Mary of One Perfect Bite who back in June 2011 invited bloggers to travel along on a culinary journey throughout the year. 

What have we been up to with our 44th Game Changer.....

Heather of Girlichef  -  Dragon Chicken
Kathleen Van Bruinisse at Bake Away with Me - Hokey Pokey
Nancy of Picadillo 

It is sinful how easy this dish is to put together. It almost does not seem like it could be a recipe at all, but it struck a cord with me! In truth I cooked this up in a frying pan since I was not cooking for 8 and it turned out beautifully with golden burnished salty cheese and sizzling spicy sausages.

*Merguez Sausage with Halloumi and Flame-Roasted Peppers**

8 merguez or spicy sausages (approximately 12 ounces)
1 (8-ounce) block halloumi cheese 1 (8-ounce) jar flame-roasted peppers
1 tablespoon garlic oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the sausages into a low sided pan. This makes the cooking time quicker.

Slice the halloumi into 1/4-inch slices and then lay them on and around the sausages in the pan.
Take the peppers out of the jar and also strew them around the sausages and cutting them into smaller slices and pieces as you go, then drizzle over the oil. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, by which time the sausages should have browned and the cheese colored in places.

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39 comments:

  1. Is there anything better than warm cheese? Beautiful pic!

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  2. Val, I have admired all of you gals participating in this venture. Great post and interesting recipe. I like forward to this every Friday.

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  3. A winning co0mbination! Scrumptious. Nigella Lawson knows how to indulge.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. dear Val I love Nigella,always love she enjoy cooking an is not complicated, love her style lol
    love this yummy dish:))

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  5. Thank you for a recipe using Halloumi Val. I bought some one time for a special recipe and then couldn't find the recipe and the cheese finally spoiled. I'm saving this and buying with confidence this time!

    Thanks for the personal info on Nigella. I did not know about her husband and family. I would imagine it's very difficult to carry on as a celebrity with a smile on your face with tragedy in your personal life. She has my respect.
    Sam

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  6. Oh this is so wonderfully easy. Saving this for a weeknight - I already have the ingredients. One pot, conmtrasting flavors - perfect.

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  7. I tried grilled Halloumi cheese for the first time last summer - would never have thought cheese could be grilled, but it is so firm it holds up. Beautiful presentation!

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  8. How simple and rustic! Give me a slice of warm flatbread to go with this dish and I'd be a happy woman!

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  9. Interesting to learn about Nigella's parents. And, what a great-looking dish. Halloumi always gets my attention. It looks fantastic with the peppers.

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  10. If I were going to compare myself to a TV cook, it would definitely be Nigella. We're both voluptuous brunettes who don't mind eating with gusto.

    I like just about anything with sausages in it. I haven't had nearly enough merguez in my life! I also have yet to try halloumi, although it's on my must-try list. I am digging this dish big time!

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  11. I've never thought of bringing Halloumi cheese home. I've always thought of it as being a special treat to eat at a Greek restaurant. It sounds like a great combo!

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  12. Nigella is one of my favorites. I have her cookbook Feasts. I use it so much it is falling apart. Great recipe thanks for sharing with us.

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  13. do you know what i'm having for dinner? HOT DOGS boring hot dogs.
    i want this, with option for seconds.
    man i love fried cheese.

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  14. Great dish, Val! That fried haloumi looks divine.

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  15. Did you say halloumi? I'm so enamored.

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  16. I like her a lot and my husband also but not for the same reasons :) What a great dish Val! Have a great week-end!

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  17. Love coming to see how will be the next Woman featured. this sure looks and sounds like something we would love to try.
    Rita

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  18. I've not yet tried Merguez sausage but what a wonderful way to use it mixed with a great cheese and roasted peppers.

    I didn't realize Nigella has suffered so many losses!

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  19. I feel like you can't go wrong with halloumi!

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  20. Well... I can get the sausages and the peppers.... But not the cheese. I think I saw her make this and loved it then, too. Wonderful post!

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  21. That to me is a 'happy meal' ... just add a hunk of bread and a glass of wine!

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  22. My DIL introduced me to Nigella several years ago. I love her sensuous experiences with food. And she shares them so well!

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  23. Simple and wonderful. Love Nigella too!

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  24. Nice groups of cooks! Love, love halloumi. A bit salty but so good when grilled or seared in a really great olive oil! Love Nigella.

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  25. I recently watched an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are" with Nigella and was so amazed by her and her family history. This dish looks absolutely marvelous - three of my favorite foods all at once. Mmm. :-)

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  26. What a beautiful dish, Val. You did a fantastic job with this. My mouth is watering as I read your post. It was a perfect choice to highlight Nigella's style and cooking. I hope you have had a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  27. A popular lady in the UK is Nigella Lawson - and it's easy to see why with food like this. :)

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  28. Flame roasted peppers are the best!

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  29. i enjoy nigella so much! and sausage and halloumi will delight me every time. :)

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  30. This is what I love about Nigella! Simple home cooking that doesn't take an arm and a leg to make!

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  31. What a fun post and delicious looking recipe. I love Nigella's casual approach to cooking and have bookmarked this recipe to try.

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  32. This is my go-to Nigella dish…except I use loukaniko sausage!

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  33. whoaa - this looks wonderful! I've never cooked with Halloumi but have been wanting to so this is my chance as this recipe sounds/looks amazing!

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  34. I love easy dishes like this one, Val! I'll bring the beers, ok?

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  35. That's an awesome combo of merquez sausage, halloumi and roasted peppers, would be such a delicious lunch!

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  36. I love Nigella. I think she does indeed belong on the top 50. She brings a lot of real pizazz that doesn't seem doctored up. Love the halloumi cheese too. One commenter mentioned beer. Yes.

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  37. i'm looking at those awesome ingredients and thinking - stick them in a baguette darn it! this would make a great sandwich with a bit of hot sauce sprinkled on top (harissa possibly?).

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  38. Nigella is quite something, isn't she?? I want to BE her when I grow up :) And I LOVE this recipe - we have some spicy merguez sausages in the freezer, as it happens - and I think I just saw their future!

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  39. halloumi, merguez sausages, roasted peppers? YES, PLEASE!

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