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Sausage Casserole

This is rated as one of our top favourites, a go-to meal that happens to always go down a treat with friends and family too! It's a relatively cheap meal and jam-packed full of vegetables and hearty beans so is extremely satisfying.

Buy the best sausages that you can on your budget as they are the star of the show! I find I can use cheaper brands of beans etc without noticing any difference in quality which helps balance the cost of quality sausages. Find yourself a local butcher, every butcher has a sausage recipe they're proud of and it's a great way to sample the flavours of the region you're visiting and help out local producers!

 

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It's an excellent recipe to thaw out with on a cold day, and pretty simple to prepare, though does take a long time to cook to get the flavour to develop like a good stew so be patient! If you’re hard for time or if you want to save gas, use a pressure cooker. They come in a range of sizes depending on how many people you’re catering for, see our pressure cooker review here>

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This recipe can be made in a pot on the stove or just as easily in an earthenware dish in the oven. It's also perfect for cooking in a Dutch Oven, especially when infused with the smoky flavours of the fire!

 

Ingredients:

6-8 good high-welfare sausages (pork or turkey)

2 cloves garlic / 1 tsp dried

1 onion

1 large carrot

200g baked beans (approx. 1/2 standard tin)

200g tinned butterbeans* / 1/4 cup dried, soaked overnight

     *or just skip and use the whole tin of baked beans...

approx. 5 medium potatoes

1 small sweet potato

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp tomato puree

chicken/pork stock (1 litre or 2 stock cubes)

approx. 2 tbsp. corn flour to thicken

 

+ optional red lentils

1 tbsp. oil for frying

salt & pepper to taste

 

Method:

1. If using dried beans that have been soaked overnight, boil for 1 hour before using as per the recipe. Do not neglect this step, unprocessed beans can make you very ill!

2. Finely chop the onion, garlic, and carrot, and separate your sausages with a sharp knife if they're still joined.

3. Gently fry the onion in a little oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Add the sausages and allow them to begin to sear brown.

4. Add the chopped carrot and garlic and continue to fry for a further minute, stirring.

5. Reduce the heat and carefully pour in the stock (or stock cubes + water), beans, paprika and tomato puree. Season well with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of red lentils now if using.

6. Peel and slice the potatoes into 1cm thick slices and add to the pan. Top up with more water if necessary so the ingredients are almost covered.

7. Simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring regularly until the potatoes are soft and everything is beginning to look soupy.

8. To thicken, remove from the heat and in a mug mix the corn flour with enough cold water to dissolve it into a milk like consistency. Stir into the casserole a little at a time, stirring well in between.

9. Return the pan to a gentle heat and allow to simmer until the gravy loses  a lot of the cloudiness. Take care not to burn the bottom layer so stir more often than earlier and keep the heat low.

10. Adjust the seasoning to taste if needed and ladle a good serving of the beans and potatoes with a couple of sausages per person. Enjoy!

 

Work what you’ve got! This is one of those recipes where you can add many other vegetables if they need using up and not really alter the overall flavour. Try adding baby corn, chopped cauliflower, asparagus stems or green beans, petit pois, leeks…the list could go on forever! Let us know how you get on in the comments below!

 

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