I cooked this last night for Alberto and I as he was working late and I wanted to cook something tasty that he could quickly and easily heat up when he got home.
It’s a lovely dish and really comforting now that the weather has turned a bit autumnal. The sauce for the casserole is simply cider and the combination of that along with the sausages, leeks, onions and apples works really well. A lot of it comes down to the quality of the sausages. I got some nice, meaty Cumberland sausages form Aldi. Use two or three per person, depending how hungry you are!
2 Cumberland sausages per person
1 leek, sliced
I red onion, chopped
10 small new potatoes, peeled and halved
1 red apple, cored and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon of plain flour
350ml of dry cider
Pre-heat the oven to 200
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the sausages over a medium heat for 5 minutes until golden.
Remove the sausages to the casserole dish. Place the apple wedges in the dish with the sausages.
Pop the leek, onion and potatoes in the frying pan and fry for 5 minutes over a medium heat.
Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute.
Gradually add the cider to the frying pan. Season and increase the heat for 1 minute.
Pour the contents of the frying pan over the sausages and apple wedges in the casserole dish.
Cover with foil or a lid and cook in the oven for 50 minutes.
Best served with steamed kale or roast butternut squash wedges.
It’s a lovely, tasty dish – easy to do and easy to scale up to feed 4 or 6, or more! The addition of the flour means that the cider sauce thickens up beautifully…