There is a farmers market once a month, around the corner from us and the butcher there makes THE BEST sausages that I’ve ever eaten. Usually I can take or leave sausages but these are just amazing. The month between the last two markets had me counting down the days until I could get my hands on some more. We bought pork and apple sausages to make for breakfast one day and some pork and leek to have in lunch/dinner dishes (plus some sausage meat for sausage rolls!). I wanted to make a dish that put sausages centre stage in the dish and James had been mentioning sausage casserole over the last few weeks (not so subtle hints!). I did a quick Google search and out popped Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I tweaked it a fair bit but the general ingredients are the same. I added more vegetables and left out the porcini mushrooms (because I didn’t have any) and breadcrumbs. It was a deliciously comforting dish.
When it comes to cooking this, I cooked it for about 3 hours, a couple at 150°C and the last at 180°C. Jamie’s recipe cooks it at 200°C for 40 minutes. If you have the time a slow cook brings out the flavours beautifully but if you’re pushed for time, go for the 40 minute option.
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
- 4 rashers or bacon
- 8 large or 12 medium sausages
- 2 small or 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- A few sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme and sage
- A small swede, peeled and diced
- Green beans (~200 g)
- 2-4 carrots, depending on size, chopped
- 1 courgette, chopped
- A large glass of red wine
- 2 (400 g) tins of chopped tomatoes
- 1 (400 g) tin of cannellini beans, drained
- Salt and pepper, to season
- Preheat the oven to 150°C (or 200°C if doing the quick version).
- Slice the bacon into strips and fry with the onion and garlic until the bacon begins to crisp. Use the fat from the bacon but add a little olive oil if needs be.
- Pour the red wine into the frying pan and then remove it from the heat. Stir to remove and crispy bits from the bottom of the pan until the wine.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients to a large oven dish and stir in the bacon, onions and garlic.
- Add a tomato tin of water and stir.
- Place the dish in the oven for a couple of hours and then turn the heat up to 180°C, 45 minutes before you want to serve. Alternatively, cook at 200°C for 40 minutes. Stir the dish occasionally to stop anything at the top from burning.
- Serve and enjoy a simple, delicious and comforting meal.