Anytime I make sausages for dinner, I know everyone who’s eating it will devour the meal effortlessly. I mean, who doesn't love a good sausage? But sometimes they just taste like, well, sausages, and it's nice to elevate them a little, which is what I did here by pairing them with crisp pear, pure maple syrup and Chinese 5-spice.
Speaking of which, I think five-spice must be one of the most underrated spices around, don't you agree? It pairs so nicely with pork, and duck, and yet it seems as though it's rarely used. Seeing that it's made from cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel and pepper, it's practically perfectly for fall eating, and when brushed over pears it's a seasonal flavour explosion that the kids will no doubt love. There will be no complaints from the adults either, especially the one making the meal, since this comes together in less than twenty minutes, giving you just enough time to make a pot of basmati rice and warm up some French green beans.
Maple and 5-Spice Sausage and Pear Kebabs
- 10 wooden skewers
- 6 sausages, cut into 1" chunks
- 3 pears, cored, trimmed and cut into 1" chunks
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and soak the wooden skewers in a bowl of water for 10 minutes.
Thread the sausage and pear pieces onto the skewers and place them on the baking sheet.
Combine the maple syrup and 5-spice in a small bowl, reserve 1 tablespoon, and brush the kebabs with the remaining mixture.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and the pears are tender. Remove from the oven, lightly brush each skewer with the remaining syrup and serve warm.