Weekly Meal Plan and a Hearty Family Supper Recipe: Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Weekly Meal Plan and a Hearty Family Supper Recipe:

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Weekly Meal Plan and a Hearty Family Supper Recipe: Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Weekly Meal Plan and a Hearty Family Supper Recipe: Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

It’s been a funny week, as  you all know I was living off WW2 rations last week and I have found it quite hard to get back into the swing of things since then! I enjoyed my week in the Wartime Kitchen and if any of you are interested in replicating the recipes at home, they are all here: Wartime Kitchen – Ration Book Cooking. It was a very humbling experience and when I came to plan my meals this week, I was mindful of just how times have changed when it comes to portion sizes and ingredients; so, I am trying to be just as frugal, which, will be great for my ongoing diet (which was paused last week) as well as my bank balance. One of my favourite autumn or winter meals is a good sausage casserole, and even with a small packet of sausages, a substitutional family meal can be made. I am a bit of a food snob when it comes to sausages, I only buy ones that are made with British meat, preferably made locally and that have a high meat content. In my opinion, it’s a false economy to buy cheap ones with a high ratio of bread meal, soya and all the other padding agents that are frequently added to those grey sorry-looking sausages.

Sausage, Apple and Cider Casserole

Sausage, Apple and Cider Casserole

I will be sharing this warming sausage casserole recipe with you later, but for now, here is my meal plan, and you may notice that I am back on my 5:2 Diet plan, but only for one day this week, and then two days next week as normal. Have a great week, and do look out for the start of my Christmas preparation posts towards the weekend and early next week, I have some lovely new recipes to share with you all. Karen

NB: I am linking up with At Home with Mrs M as I always do, who hosts the Meal Planning Monday every week.

Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan

Monday 12th November: 

Breakfast: Porridge (‘Tis the season!)

Porridge

Porridge

Lunch: Cheese and Vegetable Pasties (Recipe on blog later this week)

Cheese and Vegetable Pasties

Cheese and Vegetable Pasties

Tea: Mushroom Omelette

Tuesday 13th November:

Breakfast: Homemade Bread and Marmalade

Bread and Marmalade

Bread and Marmalade

Lunch: Vegetable soup

Tea: Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider (Recipe below)

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Wednesday 14th November – 5:2 Fast Day (500 calories): 

Breakfast: low-calorie vanilla yoghurt (49 cals)

Lunch: Coronation Potato Salad with Lettuce (recipe to follow -140 cals)

1 slice of WW Chicken Roll (49 cals)

TOTAL: 189 cals

Coronation Potato Salad with WW Chicken Roll

Coronation Potato Salad with WW Chicken Roll

Tea:  Meat-Free Scotch Broth (146 cals)

Milk allowance: 150mls skimmed milk (51 cals)

TOTAL: 438 cals

(Might have a small apple for TV snack – 59 cals = 497 cals)

Thursday 15th November:

Breakfast: Boiled eggs and home-made bread

Lunch: Soup – may make a leek and potato soup

Tea:  Oven Baked Chicken and Aubergine (Egg Plant) Parmigiana

Oven Baked Chicken and Aubergine (Egg Plant) Parmigiana

Oven Baked Chicken and Aubergine (Egg Plant) Parmigiana

Fish on Friday 16th November:

Breakfast: Porridge…..

Lunch: Honey Roast Hot Smoked Salmon with a Wasabi Cream dressing (recipe to follow)

Tea: Macaroni cheese (recipe to follow)

 Weekend: 

I have LOTS of new Christmas Recipes to plan using my new Kenwood Titanium Chef!  More to follow……

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

 

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Serves 3 to 4 people
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Halloween
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delicious sausage casserole with "hidden" fruit and vegetables; apples and parsnips add a sweetness to this hearty family dish and if you can substitute the cider with apple juice if you wish. Try to use top quality butcher's sausages with a minimum of 70% meat content - pork sausages are a perfect match, but you can notch this recipe up by using venison sausages and serving the casserole with spiced red cabbage.

Ingredients

  • 450g pork sausages (or sausages of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 apples, sliced and cored, but not peeled (I used Russets)
  • 2 small parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 1 heaped tsp plain flour
  • 275ml dry cider
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 12 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note

A delicious sausage casserole with "hidden" fruit and vegetables; apples and parsnips add a sweetness to this hearty family dish and if you can substitute the cider with apple juice if you wish. Try to use top quality butcher's sausages with a minimum of 70% meat content - pork sausages are a perfect match, but you can notch this recipe up by using venison sausages and serving the casserole with spiced red cabbage.

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
Step 2 Take a large oven-proof casserole, heat the oil in it and brown the sausages all round. Then, using a slotted spoon, remove them to a plate while you brown the onions lightly. When they are done, sprinkle in the flour to soak up the juices, then gradually stir in the cider,before adding the tomato purée.
Step 3 Put the sausages back in, plus the apples, parsnips, garlic, chopped sage leaves and a little seasoning; put a lid on when it all comes to simmering point and then transfer to the oven for 30 minutes.
Step 4 When the 30 minutes is up, remove the lid and cook for a further 20-30 minutes.Serve immediately with mashed potatoes.

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Sausage and Apple Casserole in Cider

Sausage, apple and cider casserole

Sausage, apple and cider casserole

 What is your favourite winter warmer recipe? 

Comments

  1. says

    oooh, if only we had smell-a-vision or more like lick-the-screen-a-vision… I love the look of this casserole, so divinely warming and wintery. I think cider and sausages were made for each other… I must try this with some of the lovely hand-made Lincolnshire sausages I was given last week, I bet it would be grand… lovely creamy mash too, very very hungry now!

  2. says

    Oh I do like a sausage casserole! Sausages, cider and sage sounds divine, I shall be making with our local Toulouse bangers and Breten cider! And homegrown parsnips.

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