I’ve just got back from a 4 day work trip to the USA. Before I left I decided to make something new as a ‘last supper’ tea for Dave. When I’m gone he lives exclusively on a diet of pizza and chips and tuna cobs so I felt it was my duty as WTB (wife to be) to give him something homemade and vaguely nourishing before I left.
We nipped into our local Budgen’s supermarket in Mountsorrel earlier and bought some lovely Farmer Fear’s pork sausages which were on offer so I decided to make a cassoulet. With this in mind I started browsing my cook books and looking at various recipes online but couldn’t 100% decide on which recipe to go with. There were various online which looked appealing, in particular by Gino D’Campo, Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver. But, as I said, none felt quite right so I created my own amalgamation of several different variations on the theme.
All the Farmer Fear products come from quality local farms meaning there is little impact on the environment and no carbon footprint. I am a BIG FAN and if you find yourself near Mountsorrel, would recommend a visit to stock up!
Al’s Sausage & Bean Cassoulet
Excuse my ‘loose’ measurements, cooking in our family has never been too precise. Suck and See method!
- 6 good quality pork sausages
- 1 tin of cannellini beans
- 1 tin of plum tomatoes
- approx 4 rashers smoky bacon diced
- 50g green beans (topped and tailed)
- 1 onion diced
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- pinch of sugar & seasoning
- Glug of red wine
- Sprinkle of fresh thyme
- Glug of olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 100ml beef stock (I’m sure veg would work fine).
(This is where it gets a bit wooly!)
- You can either fry or grill the sausages until nicely browned, then set aside for later.
- Pan fry the bacon lardons for a few mins until beginning to crisp. Turn the heat down and add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 5 mins.
- At this point I added a glug of red wine and let it bubble for a few mins to cook off the alcohol.
- Add the tomatoes, green beans, a pinch of sugar, the stock and bay leaf. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for approx 10 mins, stirring regularly.
- Transfer to a casserole dish and add the beans and sausages.
- Put this into the over for approx 15 mins in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees (fan). This will cook through the sausages and soften the beans. The sauce will also thicken.
- Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread or rice.
Here is how the finished thing should look!
By Alex of Gingey Bites