Not sausages again ?

Sometimes I shop out of habit. Having staples in the freezer is a necessity really as I work school hours. Sometimes these staples need using up and the light bulb moment just doesn’t come. After going through every one of my normal backups, I just couldn’t settle on an idea.

Google was the place to go and I got cornmeal in my head. I found a recipe on another blog  and played around with that until I had something to fit our 3 sausages and 3 people. It would easily serve 4 as I have a portion for lunch tomorrow.

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Grease a loose 20cm bottom flan/ pie tin

Heat oven to 180 (I used fan bake on the new oven)

Filling-

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 onions thinly sliced

3 sausages, skin removed and cut into 2cm long bit

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Case-

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk (will need less is eggs are large)

50 grms cheese (mixed tasty cheddar and Parmesan )

120 grms cornmeal

salt and pepper to taste

Filling-

Heat olive oil, add onions and give them 3 or 4 mins

Add sausage balls and stir

Carry on cooking until lightly browned

Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar

Stir until coated and leave to brown nicely

Base-

Mix eggs and milk in a bowl

Add the rest of the ingredients

Stir, you should have a thick batter that will keep a bit of shape

Tip into greased tin and make an indent and push sides up to a bit of a crust

Put filling on middle

Bake for 25-30 mins until golden

Us grown ups loved it, Miss Muffin found it rather cheesy. We concluded it was a good one for our grown up radar and would be great with a few jalapenos added. The crust was lovely and different. It would be great for using up bits of left overs such a roast veg.

Hope you enjoy.

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Sausage cobbler

This is one of those several recipes hashed together , made up kind of dinners. It was rather nice, if I do say so myself.
I made this for the three of us but with a few more vegetable on the side it would stretch to four. 
In this version I made it family friendly and Miss ate it. If it was for older children and grown ups I would add chilli. Also it is a good way to use up scraps of bits in your fridge. Experiment my dears with things like using lentils rather than beans or whatever is lurking in your cupboard.

Heat oven to 180

Sausage base-
olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 onion finely chopped
1 leek sliced into rings (optional)
4  good sausages (any flavour, I used the uncooked Chorizo ones)
400 g tin of borlotti beans, rinsed and drained
1 tin of tomatoes

splash of Worcestershire sauce

salt & pepper to taste
Polenta cobbler
100g SR flour
50 g polenta
1 tsp brown sugar
pinch of salt 
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 medium egg
1 tbsp canola/sunflower oil
80 ml milk
Heat a shallow pan with a splash of olive oil
Brown sausages  and remove from pan, when cool slice
In same pan sauté onion, leek and garlic when soft return sliced sausages to pan

Add tinned tomatoes
To taste- Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper
Simmer for 15-20 mins until liquid has reduced
 
Place mix in deep baking dish
Cobbler
Mix dry ingredients and cheese (save a little for tops)
Whisk together egg, oil and milk
Make a well and fold into dry ingredients
Place small scone size blobs 2cm apart on top of sausage mix. You should get about 6 from this mix.
Put remaining cheese on top

Bake for 20-30 mins until tops brown, ensure sausage base is heated through.

Do all of your family eat spicy or strong tasting food? 
Miss defiantly likes garlic and onion in her food and prefers her meal not to be bland.