Sausage Casserole

This was one of those dishes where I really couldn’t be arsed to cook anything. I was sat, lounging about with little or no enthusiasm. After a quick inspection of the freezer, I was reminded that the sausage quota was at an all time high due to another win at the local meat raffle. I keep winning the cheap sausage tray! It was absolutely delicious. Use good quality sausages and who knows what magic you could achieve?!



8-10 pork sausages
2 chorizo sausages (cut into large slices)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion (sliced)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 stick celery (finely chopped)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon tarragon (dried)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
250ml tomato passata
250ml red wine
300ml beef stock
1 teaspoon sugar
salt & pepper
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped)

Heat a large pan with the olive oil over a moderate heat. Fry all the sausages and chorizo until browned on all sides. Remove from the pan. Add the onions, celery and garlic and fry gently for 6-7 minutes until soft. Turn up the heat and add the paprika, tarragon and bay leaf – stir briefly then add the red wine. Sizzle for 30 seconds then add the passata and stock and sugar. Bring to a simmer then return the sausages and chorizo to the pan. Season well with salt & pepper and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Stir in the fresh parsley then serve.

Serve with fresh crusty bread or with mashed potatoes.

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