Sunday, 14 April 2013

One pot sausage casserole

I'd planned the rare treat of a fry-up for tea last night.  Digging around in the freezer, I found a bag containing 14 sausages which I'd stupidly not separated into two lots before I froze them. Duh!  The only option was to defrost them all and wonder what to do with the other half of the sausages.

The answer?  Put the sausages for the fry-up back in the fridge for tomorrow and make a sausage casserole out of the others.

One pot sausage casserole
I found a recipe in my "One Pot" cookbook which called for:

8 sausages
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 green pepper
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
some tomato puree or pureed sun-dried tomato
1 tin of canelloni beans (which I didn't have)
3tbs olive oil
pinch of mixed herbs (optional)

Method:  Brown the sausages in the olive oil and cook on a low heat until they're cooked through.  Meanwhile, chop the pepper (de-seeded), the onion and the garlic.  When the sausages are almost cooked, throw in the veggies and the herbs.  Cook until soft, then throw in the tin of chopped tomatoes.  Add some tomato puree (or sundried tomato puree) to thicken, put the lid on and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.

Sausage casserole with boiled rice
The original recipe suggested serving with mashed potatoes, but I didn't have any spuds left so I substituted boiled rice.  When you consider I dislike peppers and don't like rice all that much, the end result was surprisingly delicious!  And cheap, as there's a portion left to go into the freezer for another day, with the added bonus that no money has been spent today. :)

Until next time. x

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