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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Sausage Cassoulet Recipe & Essential Cuisine Review*

Does anyone else absolutely love cooking in Autumn and Winter? I struggle a little through the warmer months as I never know what to make, but when the cold weather starts, I'm all about the casseroles, stews and slow cooker meals. Last week for the first time I decided to make a Sausage Cassoulet and it was the perfect warming meal we all need on a cold evening. So filling and so tasty. One of the ingredients I used was from Essential Cuisine, a brand who sell high quality stocks and soup bases to take your cooking from simple to spectacular in just a matter of minutes. These products apparently shave hours off chefs preparation time, so if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me! Keep reading to find out how I used one of the liquid stocks in this recipe.
Ingredients: to serve 2 people
6 cumberland sausages (I used Asda extra special ones which are the best ever)
4 slices of bacon
1/2 an onion finely diced
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of baked beans
1 tin of butterbeans (drained)
250ml of beef stock
salt, pepper, garlic powder, mixed herbs, and you can also add a tiny bit of chilli powder if you like

Method:
1. First of all prepare your sausages, we grilled ours for about an hour and they were cooked perfectly, we also added the bacon for the last 15 minutes
2. While the sausages are cooking, for the sauce, start off by frying the diced onion
3. When the onion was soft, I added in chopped tomatoes, baked beans, butterbeans and gave it a good stir
4. I then added in my stock, I used 2 teaspoons of the Essential Cuisine beef stock with 250ml of boiling water but you can use normal beef stock cubes if you prefer
5. Next is the seasoning, I added in all of the above but it's completely up to you, and then I left to simmer for around 45 minutes
6. When the sausages and bacon were cooked, I chopped the bacon and added it in, and then I added in the sausages whole but you could chop those too if you prefer
7. After giving it all a good mix, it was ready to serve and we had ours with mashed potato but you could have it with just about anything
This meal was so easy to make, and was a great one to just leave to simmer and not really have to think about that much! It might not look very attractive but honestly it tasted delicious and I could have eaten it again the next day. It's one I know I'll be making a lot from now on. I loved adding in the stock from Essential Cuisine as it was actually a bit quicker than normal stock cubes. It didn't require much mixing at all and just added a lovely meaty flavour to the dish. What's great about these stocks is that aswell as using them as I did, you can also just squeeze in a little to any meals you're making for that instant hit of flavour. They are great to keep in your cupboard and just make life a little bit easier. If you would like to give these a go, they are £3.45 each and you can find out more about them on their website.

What's your go to winter meal?

*Products sent for the purpose of this post, I only work with brands relevant to me and my blog

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