I like food. And one of the things that make being a train driver a challenge, apart from the shifts and having to talk to certain signal boxes and learning “Green Good, Red Bad”, is that having decent meal becomes a bit tricky. Man cannot live by cheese & pickle sandwiches alone. I’m not sure if women can either, come to that. To that end I find myself knocking together grub that can be quickly made at home and doesn’t mind either being eaten cold or zapped back to live in a microwave.
So that’s WHY I’m adding this to the new site. Now, shall we get on with the grub…?
SAUSAGE & BEAN CASSEROLE FOR PEOPLE IN A RUSH
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- pack of 8 decent pork sausages
- 1 large white or red onion, halved and sliced reasonably thin
- 1 green pepper, de-seeded and sliced into strips.
- 250g of sliced new potatos (optional)
- 1 large tin of baked beans
- 1 400g tin of chopped tomatos
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of chilli sauce (optional)
- salt & ground black pepper to taste.
Preheat your oven to 220º Centigrade/425º Fahrenheit/ Gas Mark 7.
Grab a decent sized frying pan and brown the sausages for about 5 minutes. If you haven’t got a big enough frying pan, do the sausages in batches – if you crowd the pan then they’ll take forever to brown up. Once the sausages are browned, put them to one side.
In the same pan, fry the pepper and onions and potatoes for 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes are up, return the sausages to the pan and warm them back through. Season with salt & pepper. Place the sausages & vegetables into an over-proof dish. Open the beans and tomatoes, bung ’em into the dish as well and stir in with the sausages and vegetables. If you’ve decided to use Worcestershire sauce and the chilli sauce (the chilli sauce gives the sauce a bit of extra zing).
Sling the whole lot into the preheated oven and cook it for 30 minutes.
Serve it with something green like curly Kale or Savoy Cabbage. If you decide not the throw the new potatoes into the casserole, put some mash on the plate as well! If you’re enjoying it at home then it lives happily alongside a decent bottle of beer; try Sharps Doom Bar or Black Sheep Ale.