Deliciously sweet, sticky and spicy cocktail sausages. Perfect for entertaining!
As an expat living in Switzerland, it is hard to ignore comments about the cost of living here and how everything is extraordinarily expensive. Indeed, when you compare the cost of some products sold in neighbouring countries, the same product can sometimes be triple the cost in Switzerland.
We know of many friends who make regular trips across the border to Germany and France, either trip taking about 60-90 minutes one way by car from Zurich, for the sole purpose of grocery shopping at a cheaper price. I think these people must love grocery shopping because I’m not sure I could sacrifice a whole Saturday just to drive a long distance (with two toddlers in the car) to do something which, ordinarily, I find to be a chore.
Having said that, we did recently find ourselves in the French city of Mulhouse (a 90 minute drive from Zurich). We were there for the mundane task of buying a French rail pass for our daughter, which we needed ahead of our trip to visit my husband’s family for Easter. Somehow, it didn’t feel right to leave without visiting the Carrefour supermarket – the French equivalent of Wal-Mart, except with all of the fancy French cheeses, sausages, wine, you name it.
And although I have just mentioned that I dislike grocery shopping, there are some exceptions. In particular, grocery shopping in a foreign supermarket is something entirely different. It is, without doubt, my favourite way of being a tourist.
Wherever we visit, whether it be a new destination or a familiar place we keep returning to, I always make the time to browse the aisles of a nearby supermarket. I love seeing what ingredients are available locally and how similar products might be marketed or packaged differently. As I am often looking for snacks for the children (and also for myself!), it gives me an opportunity to scan the biscuits and cookies on offer.
I also like to pick up small souvenirs, like small bottles of dried herbs or jars of mustard, which I can use later at home in the kitchen. My spice cabinet is currently comprised of a mismatch of bottles of different brands from different countries with labels in different languages. It doesn’t look uniform and pretty, so it’s a good thing that it is behind a closed cabinet, but it is to me what a shot glass collection is to another traveller 😉
Most people who cross the border to go grocery shopping are usually stocking up on everyday items which are much cheaper in France and Germany – nappies (diapers), infant formula, toiletries, meat and poultry. As there are limitations on space in our tiny car, as well as a duty-free limit to observe, I prefer to buy things which are not available in Switzerland.
I could write an entire blog post about my shopping experience in France – and this has already turned out to be the longest introduction to any recipe on this website – so I will just say that, amongst all of the goodies which found their way into the (huge) supermarket trolley, I couldn’t resist buying a few packets of cocktail sausages.
Perhaps cocktail sausages are an everyday item where you live, or perhaps you have never heard of them before. But I only knew of them after seeing a few recipes from Nigella Lawson where she prepares them for large gatherings and parties. And, indeed, what a great way of cooking and serving sausages for a crowd!
Despite the large variety of sausages on offer in Zurich (it forms part of the main diet in Switzerland), cocktail sausages are nowhere to be found. It’s a shame because I wish I could make this recipe more often.
The first time I made it was when we were on holidays in Brittany and I couldn’t resist making these for my French in-laws; I even bought a whole bottle of soy sauce and sesame oil to use just for the recipe. I subsequently lugged them back to Switzerland with me and they, of course, leaked.
I can’t wait to make this recipe again, and hopefully it won’t be too long!
Honey, Soy & Sriracha Cocktail Sausages
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- 2 lb (1 kg) cocktail sausages (see Kitchen Notes below)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) runny honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha (or to taste)
- coriander (cilantro), finely chopped for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (420°F).
- Place the sausages in a large colander and rinse well.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, and Sriracha.
- Place the sausages into a large roasting tin or baking tray.
- Pour the sauce over the sausages and use a spoon to coat the sausages in the sauce.
- Roast for 30-45 minutes, turning the sausages in the sauce every 15-20 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly during the cooking time.
- The sausages are done when they have heated through completely and are lightly coloured from the sauce.
- Sprinkle with finely chopped coriander (cilantro) before serving.
The cocktail sausages I have used in this recipe are like mini Frankfurter sausages. In some countries, they are called lil’ smokies, cocktail weenies, or old-fashioned beef franks.
- Serving Size: 8
- Calories: 223
- Sugar: 18.2g
- Sodium: 475.9mg
- Fat: 14.7g
- Carbohydrates: 18.7g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Protein: 5.2g
- Cholesterol: 24.4.mg
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