Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday Recipe: Sausage and bean stew

Recipe for cookery class 09/02/2012

So sausage and beans is a standby favourite dish for many families, but this will take it one step further and good for the cook is that it can be made in advance and heated up when you need it or even frozen. When I make a dish like this I normally make extra...and then HOPEFULLY I have leftovers which I put into individual lunchboxes and freeze (label and date first!). Then these can be brought to work frozen, thaw in time for lunch and heat in the microwave.  Yes, I know, I'm lucky, we have a microwave at work.  I insisted on it and it saves so much money as we can bring decent food for lunch.

Anyway, the recipe

1lb frying sausages
whatever you like best. My favourites are homemade or Tesco Finest Pork and Leek.
1 large chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 chopped pepper, your favourite colour or a bit of each
1 tin  baked beans
1 tin tomatoes, chopped or squished or mashed
some smoked parprika or chilli to taste
Mixed herbs, or origano or basil, whichever is handy

Fry the sausages in a pan until brown, they do not need to be cooked all the way through.
Cut each sausage into about 4 pieces.
Put into a pot for cooker top or casserole dish for the oven.
Drain the fat of the pan and then fry the onions and garlic gently till soft, if using smoked paprika or chill add to pan and cook a little.
Add onion mixture to sausages.
Add tomatoes, peppers and beans to sausage mix.
If using cooker top bring slowly to boil and simmer for about 20 mins.
If cooking in oven 180 degrees C for about 30-40 mins.

Best served with plan boiled rice or baked potatoes.

This is the basic recipe but you can add to it.
I sometimes add chopped hot dogs or chorizo to the sausage mix, the extra flavour tastes good.
Or if you need to stretch the mixture (damn those uninvited guests) then a tin of kidney beans, sweetcorn or chickpeas can be added.

It's almost better the next day when the flavours mingle.


1 comment:

Quirky Apple said...

So we made this last night and made some plain boiled rice to go with it. Some have said they would like it with baked potatoes, good choice. One or two don't like peppers so made it without or said the children at home would eat it without the peppers. Inga's husband ate it but didn't like the herbs, we used dried Herbs De Provence (that was all I could get yesterday. Class is on mid term next week and then we are back the following week to make banana bread, buns and Shannon (age 13) will show us all how to make a Mars Delight cake. Recipes posted next week.