“You two have just volunteered to cook dinner. Pears and sausage in oil, and a double portion for your new little brother…” –The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
The Lies of Locke Lamora bursts with lavish settings, appealing to the senses with descriptions of the sights and smells of bustling Camorr. Set in a fantastic world of alchemy and clockwork, it also contains accounts of glorious, glorious food. This dish is one of four in a given meal when young Locke is first welcomed into the fold by the Gentlemen Bastards.
This is a tasty, if unexpected, pairing. The pears pick up the spiciness of the sausage, holding a slight crisp bite in their skins. The sausages, on their own, are delicious. However, when taken with a bite of the pear, the textures and flavors complement one another very nicely. The addition of balsamic tones down the oil somewhat, and rounds out all of the flavors brilliantly.
I recommend it as an Autumnal dish, as the spices and roasting will warm both you and your kitchen.
Stay tuned for the other elements of this same meal: black bean salad in mustard-wine sauce, fried chicken dumplings in gingery orange sauce, and red peppers stuffed with almond paste and spinach.
Recipe for Sausages and Pears in Oil
Prep: 15 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes
Cook’s Notes: As I sadly don’t have an alchemical hearthstone, I’ve had to make do. As a result, the sausages and pears are first seared in oil, then roasted in the oven to finish them off.
- 6 spicy pre-cooked sausages (chorizo, linguica, or hot Italian are all good choices), split in half lengthwise
- 4 firm pears, quartered and cored
- 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for serving
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, plus more for serving