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25th November 2014

Personal thoughts from the Festival Director - not necessarily endorsed by the Festival Organisers.

Notes for the Month - October, 2014

Sausage Casserole

We often have left over cooked sausages from a BBQ and for ages I have wondered what to do with them. Here is an idea:

Fry chopped onions and some garlic in a pan until softened.

Add halved button mushrooms and cook for a little longer.

Put some red wine and/or stock in and reduce the mixture a little. Then add a tin of chopped tomatoes (or passata) and a few chopped sun dried tomatoes for some texture. Season with salt and pepper and a little sugar to balance any acidity of the tomatoes. Paprika makes a good addition too. At this point, you can put in herbs such as thyme or maybe basil.

Simmer all this for 30 minutes to amalgamate the flavours. Add your chopped sausages and put the whole lot in the oven for a while. Done.

I served mine with new potatoes, but you could use crusty bread or rolls of course.

If you want to make this with fresh sausages, brown them in a frying pan for about 10 minutes and add them to the fried onion mixture before simmering. This works well reheated the following day.