Sensational Sausages

Sausages offer great versatility when it comes to making meals that the whole family will enjoy. Gone are the days of greasy bangers: on today’s shelves you will find a plethora of options when it comes to one of our all-time favourite foods. No longer just made of pork, sausages come with an offer of a range of meats, spices and added extras. Whatever your preference, here I share some of my favourite recipes involving sausages.

One Pan Casserole

This is such an easy and yet hearty recipe. The great thing about this dish is that it requires very little effort in order to prepare. Simply brown the sausages in a frying pan in order to seal in the flavour before adding them to a large roasting dish. Throw in some of your favourite root veg, sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper and then add some vegetable stock in order to cover the vegetables and sausages. Cover and place in a low oven for 1.5-2 hours, or until the veg is soft. The slow cooking process enables the sausages to take on the full flavour of the vegetable stock and the flour thickens the stock as it cooks. We enjoy this with thick slices of crusty bread. 

Sausage Pasta

Rich tomato sauce, fresh basil, hot pasta and pieces of diced sausage is one of the most simple recipes you can imagine, and yet the combination of these ingredients makes for a truly hearty and warming pasta dish that sees the kids’ plates clean in mere minutes

Toad in the Hole

When it comes to classics, they don’t come much better than this beloved dish. The key to making a great toad in the hole that comes out of the dish in one piece is to make sure that the sausages, pan and oil are smoking hot before you add the pudding batter to the dish. The best way to ensure this is the case is to cook the sausages in a little oil in the dish itself before keeping it hot and smoking on the nob as you add the batter. 

Sausage and Beans

This is a really filling dinner that goes a long way when it comes to feeding a family with a healthy appetite. Butter beans are the bean of choice at our table, but you can make this dish with any beans that you happen to have in the larder and that prove to be popular with your family. After browning the sausages, mix with rich tomato sausage, fried onion and a spoonful of sugar before covering with beef stock and popping in the oven at a low temperature. Once the beans and sausages are cooked, take from the oven and thicken the sauce on the hob by mixing in a little flour.