I was fortunate enough to have some days of holiday to use up in finishing my current job but I had to take them toute seule so I decided to go to France to simultaneously see friends and also check if my language classes were serving their purpose. As I would leave my husband on his own and he is too lazy to cook I tried to make something with a few portions before I left to ensure that he wasn’t just eating fish fingers everyday. There was a recipe in my slow cooker recipe book which I fiddled about with and I came up with this lovely mustardy sausage bake which I can see myself making many times in the future. It’s also nice to have a good British recipe which isn’t just pie (as much as I love pie). There’s not much green in this recipe so it might be nice with a side of broccoli or the traditional British accompaniment – peas.
- 750g potatoes
- 25g butter
- 2 onions
- 1 pack fake bacon
- 1 cooking apple
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 200ml stock (I used Massel chicken flavour)
- 2 tsp English mustard (i.e. the bright yellow stuff)
- 2 bay leaves
- 50g cheddar cheese
- 8 veggie sausages
- salt and pepper
1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
2.) Peel the potatoes and finely slice them
3.) Oil a baking tray and spread out the potatoes on it so they slightly overlap. Season with salt and spray with some oil.
4.) Bake for 30 minutes.
5.) Peel the onion and finely chop. Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the onion until starting to soften.
6.) Chop up the ‘bacon’ and add to the pan to crisp up.
7.) Peel and chop up the apple and add it to the pan. Fry for a couple more minutes.
8.) Make up the stock, mix with the mustard and pour over the onion. Add the flour and stir through. Add the sausages and the bay leaf.
9.) Cook for 5 minutes or so until the mixture has thickened. Remove the bay leaf and take off the heat.
10.) Pour the mixture over the potatoes and put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
11.) Grate the cheese.
12.) Sprinkle the cheese over the baking tray and cook for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted.