Middle Eastern Sausages with cauliflower mash & greens


These “sausages” are an adaptation of Pete Evan’s Middle Eastern Sausages with Coriander Sauce from his Healthy Every Day cook book plus my own cauliflower mash and steamed greens.

For those who are interested, this is a “Paleo” meal without even trying hard, whatever, it’s a good one for all the family.  The kids love the “sausages on a stick” and there is enough flavour for grown ups to enjoy too.  Miss Fusspot turned her nose up at the cauliflower mash (she doesn’t do any type of mash!) and was quite rude about it but ate it anyway so there!  This recipe made 10 skewers.

I didn’t make the coriander sauce that Pete suggests when we had this as I lost focus so just squeezed lime over the top which was nice.  Scroll down further for the sauce recipe if you want it though.

Middle Eastern Sausages with cauliflower mash & greens


    For the sausages
  • 600 g minced beef
  • 1 large handful of coriander leaves & stems, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1 tsp grated (or ground) ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • good pinch salt
  • For the mash
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 30 g butter
  • sea salt or himalyan rock salt & ground pepper to taste
  • Your choice of greens to steam


  1. Soak 10 bamboo skewers in water for half an hour (so they don't burn when you cook with them)
  2. To make the sausages chop all the ingredients then put in a bowl and mix well. If using a Thermomix chop the onions and coriander on speed 5 / 4 seconds then add everything else and mix Reverse / speed 4 / 10 seconds.
  3. Shape the mixture into small sausage shapes around the skewers. Put on a plate and cover, refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. When you are ready for dinner chop the cauliflower into small florets and put in a saucepan of water, boil for 15 minutes. If using the Thermomix fill the bowl with water so it just covers the top of the blades, put cauliflower into the steamer basket and steam 20 minutes / Varoma / speed 1. You could put your greens on top in the Varoma.
  5. While that is cooking heat the grill, bbq or grill pan and cook the skewers turning frequently for about 10 minutes or until cooked through and browned.
  6. Drain the cauliflower (or remove basket & tip out the water) put into a food processor or Thermomix add the oil, butter, salt & pepper and blend until smooth (speed 7 / 10 seconds)
  7. Plate up with the cauliflower mash as a "bed" for the sausages and the greens on the side. If you don't want the coriander sauce a squeeze of the remaining lime is nice.

Coriander Sauce

3 large handfuls of coriander leaves & stems chopped

2 handfuls of mint leaves, chopped

1 tsp sea salt

juice of 1/2 lime

1 small red chilli, halved, seeded and sliced

3 Tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp fenugreek (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a blender with up to 3 tbsp water and then blend to make into a sauce.  If it’s too watery you add the fenugreek to thicken it (I just learnt something there).  Transfer to a jug, cover and set aside until ready to use.

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10 comments on “Middle Eastern Sausages with cauliflower mash & greens

  1. Kim @Landofzonkt
    July 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I can’t remeber the last time I made a kofta of sorts… Or sausage.
    I think i may pull this one out this week, kids get a kick out of the ‘on a stick’ fancy too.
    But prob on normal mash or rice… My fuss pot Ed won’t do cauli either… It’s a whole gagging drama! Lol xx

    • Vicki
      July 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Ha, Miss 6 won’t do mash of any sorts but the rest of us like it and the koftas are yummy!

  2. Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    April 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    What a delicious-looking meal Vicki, and I love that it’s paleo by default as well. I will need to try my hand at cauliflower mash since I’ve actually never tried it before. From your photo the texture and colour looks very similar to mashed potato – yum!

    • Vicki
      April 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      It is pretty much the same texture as mashed potato, I’d love to know what you think.

  3. jayne
    April 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

    These look very tasty Vicki and I love the sound of cauliflower mash – i need to try it!

    • Vicki
      April 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      It’s just another way to try it. We like it here.

  4. Laura | The Kiwi Country Girl
    April 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I love food on sticks! It’s way more fun to eat that way! 🙂 I definitely think I will be doing this with the sauce…it sounds amazing!

    • Vicki
      April 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Food is much more fun on a stick isn’t it!

  5. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    April 26, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    These are my kind of flavours and I’m definitely going to try that cauliflower mash!

    • Vicki
      April 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

      It mixes up the same old same old a bit and the sausages are yummy.

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