2 hrs 15 mins
Since (wisely) investing in a slow cooker / crock pot earlier this year, this casserole has hardly been off the menu. I like to use top quality organic sausages (Duchy chipolatas are my fave) but my other half prefers good old Walls, so I throw in both types to suit both tastes. Serves up great with some mash and steamed greens.
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- 1Cut the bacon into slices and brown it in a pan for a few minutes with the sausages. You can use cooking spray if you like but the bacon usually makes enough fat of it's own to help the sausages along.
- 2While the meat is browning, cut the mushrooms in half, cube the apple, slice the leek and cut the carrot into batons.
- 3When the meat is done, put it to one side in the crock pot / casserole dish along with the mushrooms and apple. Add the remaining veg (leek and carrot) to the pan to soften a little.
- 4After a couple of minutes, sprinkle the flour over the veg and mix through (the flour thickens the sauce, but if you prefer a more watery gravy then you can omit this step).
- 5Add the cider to the pan - it will bubble up to begin with but don't worry about it. Turn up the heat and cook for a couple of minutes to burn the alcohol off (I sniff-test it and cook until it stops smelling boozy).
- 6Transfer all the ingredients in the pan to the crock pot / casserole dish (cider and all).
- 7Now this is where you have to use your judgement a bit! I find 300ml water is usually about right to top up my crock pot, but you may find you need a bit more/less depending on the exact amount of ingredients you have used (ie. size of sausages, carrot, etc.). So as not to waste any of the stock cube, I crumble it into the crock pot without dissolving it in water first and then add as much water as is needed to JUST cover all the ingredients.
- 8CROCKPOT: Cook on Low for 8-9hrs or Medium for around 5hrs.
- 9OVEN: I've never actually made this in the oven but have no doubt it would work just as well. I would imagine that, if you cover the casserole dish and cook it at around 150 degrees it should be done in a couple of hours.
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Nutritional Facts for Sausage, Leek and Apple Casserole
Serving Size: 1 (655 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 670.3
- Calories from Fat 465
- Total Fat 51.7 g
- Saturated Fat 17.0 g
- Cholesterol 138.5 mg
- Sodium 1478.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 16.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
- Sugars 7.9 g
- Protein 34.2 g
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pork bouillon cube