31 March 2014

Beans with Caramelised Onion & Rookwurst {Recipe}

Blended with mild spices, including cardamom, nutmeg and cloves, the DON® Rookwurst displays influences of the Dutchman’s early travels to Indonesia.

Bold in flavour, it has a distinguishing smoky character.


Beans with Caramelised Onion & Rookwurst


Beans with Caramelised Onion & Rookwurst

2 x 410g tins Cannellini Beans – strained and rinsed

2 large Spanish (red) onions – sliced

1 x DON® Rookwurst sausage – sliced

1 tsp. paprika (either smoked or sweet)

1 tbsp. fresh thyme

4 tbsp. olive oil


1. On a low heat, warm the olive in a pan and add the sliced red onion. Allow the onion to caramelise slowly, stirring occasionally.


Caramelise Spanish Onion


2. Once the onion is soft and translucent, raise the heat slightly and add the slices of DON® Rookwurst. Allow the sausage to warm through and become a little golden.

3. Add the cannellini beans and paprika to the mixture. Stirring so that the beans warm and the paprika is well spread within the mixture.

4. Top with the fresh thyme and serve.

Beans with Caramelised Onion & Rookwurst is a tasty side dish, but just delicious on it’s own served with a thick slices of buttered warm crusty bread.


Fresh Home made Bread




DON® Smallgoods was born in Victoria back in 1947. In those days, the tradition of the neighbourhood family business was still very much a part of the Australian landscape. A North Essendon Butcher, R J Gilbertson began producing European style processed meats. His products were of the highest standards and he employed European master craftsmen, DON® Fleischmeisters, who brought from their homelands the traditional methods of curing and preserving meat.


DON Rookwurst


I love cooking with European style meats and sausages. They can turn the most boring soup into something simply amazing. Every year, my family make chorizo sausage and so cooking with these types of products is a part of our culture. I’ve been experimenting and cooking with some delicious Don small goods.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing a few recipes which are simple yet delicious family favourites. Simple dishes which can be prepared as a quick weekday meal or to share with friends over a leisurely weekend lunch.

For more DON recipes, visit the DON Recipe Inspirations or the DON Smallgoods official Facebook page.

Disclaimer: This series is in partnership with Don Smallgoods.


  1. Hi there Anorina...I have everything except the purple onions and your brand of sausage to make this
    For our evening meal probably tomorrow. Umm, sounds so delicious. Will get the onions tomorrow and
    Use the smoke sausage I have in my freezer. Will make a small loaf of multi grain bread and we are
    good to go. Thanks for sharing. Tomorrow morning I will continue on with 2nd month of our 2014 Moda
    Mystery quilt. Wish me luck!!

  2. I've never even heard of rookwurst! Love the beans though...and that crusty bread with lots of butter....YUM!

  3. one word...yum! Must go and find some rookwurst. I love DON meats, they have the best smoked hocks and bacon...only brand I get.


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