Thursday, 2 February 2012

Feel-good sausage casserole

When I woke up this morning, I was not feeling good. In fact, by this evening I'd hardly eaten all day. This sausage casserole, however, made me feel much better! Ok, it's not exactly baking - Masterchef has rekindled my interest in other types of cooking - but it is delicious.

Adapted from a Hairy Bikers recipe, this casserole is made mostly from store cupboard ingredients - plus the sausages! My recipe serves one (a rather hungry one), but could easily be made up and extra cooking time added on to make it for 2 or more...


3 Cumberland (or similarly tasty) sausages
A slice or two of chorizo/salami/bacon
A small red onion
A clove of garlic
A large carrot (two if you're really hungry)
1 tsp paprika
Half a tin of chopped tomatoes (or 1 small tin)
150ml chicken stock
50ml white wine (or red)
1 tbsp worcester sauce
A pinch of sugar
A pinch of mixed herbs
A pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Fry the sausages in a pan with a glug of olive oil until they're brown all over, then add the chorizo/similar for a minute or so until it's given up its juices (or cooked, if using bacon). Remove the meat to a stove-friendly cooking pot, leaving all the oil in the pan. Chop and fry the onion on a medium heat, adding the garlic, and carrots, chopped into small chunks. Once it's all fried up nicely, add the paprika and fry for a minute or so more.

Add the tomatoes, stock, worcester sauce, herbs, and wine, and bring to the boil. Transfer into the lot with the meat, then bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally, then add the salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with crushed new potatoes. Yum!

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