These are delicious. Like I really ate way more than is in that picture. WAY MORE. These can also be made vegetarian and are super delish as well. I actually first trialled this recipe when I was vegetarian and then recently asked a good friend of mine to double check that they were still yummy now that I eat meat again. The important thing is the sausage. Choose a good quality sausage. Nothing super flavoured, just your favourtite kind – can be veggie, chicken, pork, beef or lamb. Whatever floats your boat.
I made these in the slow cooker, but they can easily be done in the oven. Again, whatever works for you.
What you will need for 4 large servings:
2 apples (tart ones like Granny Smiths)
2 large brown onions
5 large potatoes
1/2 C frozen (or fresh) garden peas
2Tbsp of your favourite BBQ sauce OR Worechestershire sauce
2tsp mustard – wholegrain, dijon, english or American all work
2tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1 cube of beef (or veggie) stock. If using liquid stock do not add the 2 C water.
2 C water
OPTIONAL: 2tsp hot sauce – adds a nice flavour, but no real heat.
Thickener for the sauce:
4tsp arrowroot/tapioca/cornflour – whichever you have
1/4 – 1/2C water
What you do:
Heat oil in a medium pan. Slice onions into desired thickness. Add to pan and cook until soft. Tip them into the slow cooker or oven dish. Add the sausages to the pan and put back on the heat until they are slightly browned on the outside. Add them to the slowcooker/oven dish. Boil the kettle and add the 2C to a mixing jug. Whisk in the stock and the other sauce ingredients. Add this to the slowcooker/oven dish. Finely slice ONE of the apples and add to the dish. Cover and cook.
Slowcooker: Put on low and cook for 6 – 8 hours. On high for 4 -6 hours.
Oven: 180C for 30-40mins. Check it regularly to check you are not losing too much liquid.
40 minutes before serving:
Peel and chop the potatoes and boil until soft. Drain the water and let them sit in the warm pot until ready.
Mash the potatoes with a fork until smooth. Add the milk and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
30 minutes before serving:
Chop up the remaining apple and add to the dish.
If the sauce needs thickening – which it probably will; mix the tapioca or arrowroot with the water in a mug or small bowl. Stir well so that there are no lumps. Adjust the amount of water so that it is like a thick paste. Add this to the dish and stir to make sure that it has been incorporated.
5 minutes before serving:
In a pot boil 3 C water on high. Add the peas for 1 1/2 minutes. Drain and return the peas to the warm pot.
Serve and eat 🙂