This Sausage Bake is absolutely delicious and completely make ahead for an easy and fabulous midweek tea. It is positively dreamy. I love to serve it with frozen petit pois or tender stem broccoli. The sweetness of them is just perfect with the meaty gravy. Not to mention hardly any bother at all.
This kind of food is as perfect for a midweek meal as it is for a weekend treat. An all round favourite family meal that earns me serious points in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love sausages and mash?
My whole family literally grin when they know it’s for tea. Crispy buttery mash and sausages doing the backstroke in onion gravy.
Make it with your favourite sausages although the ones with a higher meat content are the better option as they not only add their flavour to the gravy but stand up to being baked without breaking up so easily.
You could leave out the mushrooms if you wanted but I think they make the whole thing come together into super delicious mode. I leave them sliced so my children can take them out if they want…and they do…the little whatnots.
I genuinely cannot recommend this dish enough. This is the kind of food that brings everyone home that bit quicker.
But first some………..what was I going to say??????
These last few weeks have found me almost constantly lost for words. I simply cannot seem to keep my mind on point no matter what techniques I try to employ. It is the strangest sensation. It is with a sinking heart that I acknowledge the brain cells dying off, probably to be replaced with a desire for collecting car stickers or knitting machines.
I realised how bad things had got when I was caught dumbfounded in my children’s school corridor whilst waiting to accompany my son on a school trip.
As my daughter’s teacher passed me in a doorway she indicated her surprise that I was attending another school trip after my experience on the last one merely a week earlier.
I nodded vigorously, grinning inanely at the woman as she relayed how they had laughed about my escapades in the staff room….. I hadn’t a clue what she was talking about.
Wtflip, I thought????? What happened you old fool?????? Think!!!!!!!……… Then, in a flash, it finally came…….
On a trip last week to a nearby museum I had accompanied the children on a toilet break before lunch. As somewhat of a crisis unfolded I had volunteered to climb over from one cubicle into the next as some poor child had got locked within.
With no other obvious option I had mounted the toilet paper dispenser and thrown a meaty leg over the cubicle wall.
Concerned for my trousers I heaved myself as gently as I could over the other side and down onto the floor. The child was successfully released from her captivity and I exited rather incredulous at my luck.
Usually in my world the toilet roll dispenser would have broken as I climbed upon it or some other such humiliating moment…….however the day wasn’t over.
As we were eating lunch on the grass in a nearby park I heard a child cry out……On a wave of smug parent ( I should have my own whistle ) school trip helping, I was the first to rise from my low carb picnic (dust ).
As I reached the distressed child all around her were backing away and screaming in true glass shattering girl style. The poor thing had been eating her lunch whilst kneeling in you know what….
Very luckily one of the teachers would have been equipped for an earthquake and so we gloved up and set to with a whole packet of sensitive wet wipes.
As I gingerly began the clear up I could not help but be struck with the thought that I would find it very difficult to forget this particular school trip……….. so wrong……
This Sausage Bake recipe is absolutely to die for. Again I wasn’t expecting it to be so damn delicious. I was a gonna at the first bite.
The mushroom and onion gravy is the perfect match for the crispy, buttery mash and this mash was one of the best. I try to use Maris Piper or Desriree potatoes if I can, I do find they make a big difference to the overall taste.
Let’s face it, mash when it’s good is right up there with the finest of foods. I did add some cream and butter which of course you can omit, it will diminish the fabulousness a little.
I make it for mid week meals and then reheat the left overs until piping hot for another easy feast.
I always have incredible feedback on this recipe from people that have made it.
Sausage Bake Recipe
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft. Add the butter and cream/milk and season carefully to taste. (Someone’s got to do it)
- Mash the pants off it and set aside
- After browning the sausages I place them in a roasting dish along with the mushrooms.
- I fry off the half moon onions until brown and then scatter in the flour before pouring in the stock to make a gravy.
- Keep stirring and bring to a bubble.
- Pour the gravy on top of the sausages and then top thickly with mashed potato. This will help to keep the gravy bubbling within.
- Bake for about 45 minutes until brown on top and bubbling within. Place a baking tray underneath your dish to prevent the gravy dripping in the oven.
- I used a deep roasting dish which was 25 cm x 15 cm and 5 cm deep. Keep the dish on the small size otherwise the mash won’t be able to sit on top properly.
- Obviously you can use whatever stock cubes or jelly pots that you like. I use the jelly stock pots, which I notice you can now buy gluten free and organic.
- The Knorr jelly pots are the ones I use. The gravy will be salty at this point but it won’t be after baking. You could also use a gluten free flour to thicken your gravy.
- This Sausage Bake is really only a blueprint. But don’t forget to taste your mash for seasoning. Feel free to add any veggies in that you fancy. Seriously enjoy this is an incredible recipe.
- Use a baking tray to catch any gravy drips in the oven.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH SAUSAGE BAKE?
I serve green veg of some variety. I love tender stem broccoli and they are so easy and quick to boil.
Or petit pois go very well. I always keep some in my freezer ready at a moments notice for a quick blast in the microwave. I do the same with sweetcorn. They both survive the freezing process so damn well.
Humble Baked beans are another easy and delicious option.
Sausages lend themselves so well to just about anything really.
IF YOU LIKE SAUSAGE BAKE THEN YOU MAY LIKE…..
Deliciously Easy Sausage Bake
This easy sausage Bake is just sensational. Comfort food at it's absolute best.
- 8 quality sausages
- 1 medium onion sliced half moons
- 150 grams brown mushrooms
- 2 stock cubes/pots I use the jelly stock pots
- 500 mls boiling water
- 1500 grams potatoes maris piper
- 60 grams butter
- 80 mls double cream
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 2 heaped tbsps flour
Peel the potatoes and cut into medium chunks and boil in salted water until tender. leave for a few mins to drain and then mash with a potato masher or ricer together with the cream and butter. Season with salt to taste.
Meanwhile in a largish frying pan heat the olive oil to a high temp and brown off all the sausages. Then place in your baking dish. Add the sliced mushrooms. This is just to put colour on them they will cook fully in the oven.
Turn the heat down and add the sliced onions. Let them cook for ten minutes or until brown and caramelising. Boil the kettle and make the beef stock with 500 mls of water and the two stock cubes/jellies. Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4
Sprinkle the flour over the onions and mix in well. When you can see no more white flour in the onions then add the beef stock and allow to simmer. As the gravy begins to simmer then mix well as it thickens. Let it blip away for a few mins.
Top with the mash. Smooth it over very roughly. Place on a baking tray to catch the gravy drips.
Bake for about 45 minutes and it emerges golden and bubbling.
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