Delicious dinners don’t have to cost the earth. On the British Leeks website there are a host of recipes – Six Easy Ways with British Leeks – to enjoy this versatile veg at the height of the British season. A recipe from their selection caught my eye as a nice change to our bangers and mash…
Sausage and Leek Casserole with Chive Mash
Cost £6.00 (for four)
3 tbsp olive oil
8 pork sausages
1 Spanish onion sliced
200g sliced leeks
4 cloves garlic sliced
2 sticks celery sliced
Small bunch of sage leaves, picked
200ml white wine
2 bay leaves
Salt and cracked black pepper
Small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
For the mash…
800g potatoes peeled and cut into 4
300ml full fat milk
Salt and cracked white pepper
1 bunch of chives finely chopped
Preheat oven to 180ºC / 350ºF
Fry the sausages in a casserole dish until golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon. You may need to do this in two batches.
Add the onions, leeks, garlic, celery and sage and cook until the mix starts to brown slightly
Add the wine, stock, passata and bay leaves and then season with salt and pepper. I used home made tomato passata, so it wasn’t quite as red as the shop bought stuff.
Add the sausages back in. Put the lid on and cook in the oven for 20 minutes
Meanwhile, place your potatoes in a medium sized pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently until cooked. About 20 minutes
Once cooked, drain and mash the potatoes and add the butter and milk. Stir over a low heat until the butter has melted and the mash is piping hot. Season and add the chives. Set aside
Remove the casserole from oven, stir in chopped parsley and serve with the mash.
A really lovely warming dinner, showcasing the wonderful British Leek.