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Friday, 30 October 2015

Orchard Pan Roast with Sausages

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There is nothing the Toddster enjoys more than a good British banger.   They are not something we eat really often, but when we do we tend to opt for a quality banger . . .  something which is meaty and well flavoured . . .  without a lot of fillers and ingredients that are questionable, and if they are wheat, gluten and dairy free, so much the better!  I like knowing exactly what is in my sausage!

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debbie&andrew's award winning Perfect Pork and  Perfect Cumberland sausages are now being made  wheat gluten and dairy free!  I was recently sent a package of each and I can tell you from experience that they are delicious.  Losing the wheat and the dairy hasn't made a difference in their wonderful flavours!  Made with the best cuts of British Pork chosen to creat really succulent, meaty sausages, these sausages are real winners, and for those who are wheat and dairy intolerant, it's nice to know that there are some delicious alternatives out there to choose from, without compromising either quality or flavour!

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In this delicious one pan dish, both tart and sweet orchard apples provide the idea partner to their spicy Perfect Cumberland sausages and are made even more toothsome with the addition of a maple/mustard mix!

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Pork sausages, onion wedges and garlic are drizzled with a bit of olive oil and roasted in a hot oven before adding not one but two kinds of apple wedges . . .  both eating and a cooking apples . . .

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A tasty drizzle of whole grain mustard and maple is poured over top  . . .  and a few sage leaves are scattered, altogether creating a one pan meal which is toothsome, hearty and delicious!

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I also added a few potato wedges, which really came out lovely.  You could use another flavour of debbie&andrew's as well . . .  try using their latest caramelised red onion pork sausages and adding pears for a really autumnal feel.  (Also wheat, gluten and dairy free!)

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This made for a reyally delicious meal!  All I needed to add on the side was some mash (For the mashed potato lover in the house) and a green vegetable!  This went down a real treat!

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*Orchard Pan Roast With Sausages*
Serves 4
A delicious pan roast of sausages with apples, onions and garlic.  All you need to make it a complete meal is to serve some mash and a green vegetable on the side.  Delicious.  From Debbie & Andrew's.

1 pack debbie&andrew’s perfect cumberland sausages (400g or a scant pound)
1 large onion, peeled and cut into wedges
A drizzle of olive oil
1 bulb garlic, unpeeled and halved lengthways
1 TBS wholegrain mustard
1 TBS maple syrup
2 dessert apples, sliced (eating apples)
1 cooking apple, sliced
6 fresh sage leaves

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1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6. Place the sausages in a roasting tin along with the onion wedges and garlic bulb halves and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes and remove from the oven.

2. Mix together the mustard and maple syrup and pour over the sausage mix. Add the apple pieces and sage leaves and return to the oven.

3. Roast for a further 20 minutes then divide up the roast garlic and serve the whole lot straight from the tin, with mashed potatoes and buttered cabbage.

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I was also sent a pack of debbie&andrew's perfect pork sausages, which we really enjoyed.  I was supposed to make some Sausage and Cheddar Pin Wheels with them, for a delicious holiday starter, but I chose to do something completely different with them.  You know me  . . .  a bit of a rebel.   The Sausage and Cheddar Pin Wheels looked really tasty . . .  but this Sausage Cassoulet looked even better!

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I do love hearty meals in the autumn when the temperatures begin to drop, and I thought that this tasty casserole would make the perfect supper for Bon Fire Night on November 5th!

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It was really easy to make and used things I always have in my larder and cupboards . . .  celery, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic  . . .

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Good tinned tomatoes, honey and tinned beans.  The recipe called for cannellini beans, which I didn't have, but I did have tinned haricot beans, and that is what we would use back home so I went with it.

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It also called for half a bottle of red wine, which I didn't have, but I  used a combination of chicken stock and some balsamic vinegar which worked very well!  With it's toasted crumbs and torn sage on top and flavourful pan juices, this was delicious!

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It was hearty and filling and made for a nice change!  If you aren't worried too much about gluten you could serve a crusty loaf on the side to sop up all the lovely pan juices.   A salad also goes nicely with this!

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*Sausage Cassoulet*
Serves 4
A delicious casserole that makes good use of store cupboard ingredients.  It's simple to throw together and really tasty!  You will want to crack out the crusty bread to enjoy with this one!  Recipe adapted from the People at Debbie & Andrews. 

1 Pack of debbie&andrew’s perfect pork sausages (400g/scant pound)
2 (TBS olive oil
200g smoked bacon lardons (1/2 pound)
1 brown onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
1 sweet potato, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 sage leaves - roughly chopped
1/2 bottle of red wine
400g can cannellini beans - drained and rinsed (14 ounce)
400g can of chopped tomatoes (14 ounce)
2 TBS honey
50g gluten free breadcrumbs (about 1/4 cup)

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1. Preheat oven to 200*C/400*C/gas mark 6.

2. Use a large, stovetop and oven friendly dish. On a medium/high heat, fry off the lardons, onion, carrot, sweet potato, celery and sage in the olive oil until golden brown - about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and red wine and cook out for 5 minutes until reduced by half.

3. Add your tomatoes, cannellini beans, honey and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Place the  Pork Sausages carefully on top being careful not to fully submerge as you want the sausages to get a lovely golden brown colour.

5. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, drizzle with a little extra olive oil and lay a few extra whole sage leaves on the top.

6. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Serve hot with crusty gluten free bread.

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These are "welly" good sausages and we really enjoyed both flavours.    They have also developed a delicious Christmas selection of sausagey delights that you simply bake and serve which they will be rolling out to the public at the BBC Good Food Show  Winter in Birmingham from the 26th to 29th of November.   From chipolatas to bacon wrapped cocktail sausages, the team at debbie&andrew's has made Christmas entertaining easy and delicious!

As ever they offer "A Real Taste of Country", which means that they use only the most succulent cuts of pork (from British Red Tractor Farms, of course).  As an extra bonus and to remove the need to cook a separate meal for people with food intolerances, this range is also wheat gluten and dairy free!  It's all about making your life simmple, so that you can serve deliciously meaty treats without a second thought!

Do hop along to the BBC Good Food Show Winter to check out their booth and all the goodies!

In the meantime be sure to check out their website  where you can find all of their products and a delicious assortment of recipes.  You can also find their products in ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Ocado.

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Many thanks to debbies&andrews for sending me these lovely sausages to try.  Although I was sent the sausages free of charge, as usual, any and all opinions are my own.  I quite simply loved them!


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    1. Çok teşekkür ederim. İyi günler!

  2. This brand of sausages is not available here so I used a Nova Scotia brand of apple sausage since I figured it would go along with the other ingredients. What a hit I scored with the family! I'll definitely keep this in the rotation of family dinner recipes and I wouldn't hesitate to serve it to guests either.

    1. That sounds lovely Colleen! I always loved the Maple sausages we could get back home. I bet they would be good too! xo


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