Baked Sausage Hotpot
A Meatlovers' Delight

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After having wandered the streets and markets of Brussels those butchers definitely got our mouths watering! For the past days we have been craving sausages, and finally bought some. Not the Bratwurst-type or Frankfurter-style – but nice fat Pork-beef-sausages! Just throwing them in a pan didn’t seem a challenge (although “Bangers&Mash” are a treat!), so we decided on giving a kind of Sausage-Hot-Pot a try. This is how we made it:

Ingredients (for 2):

  • 2 small red onions
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 of a celeriac
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 200 gramms of mushrooms
  • 3 -4 pork-beef-sausages
  • herbs ie. rosmarin, thyme
  • 1 small tin of tomatoes (400 gramms)
  • 1 tin of kidney-beans
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • optional: a couple of slices of bacon

Preheat your oven to 200°C. Chop up your vegetables into chunky bits. (The garlic has to be finely chopped!) Add a couple of lugs of olive oil to your saucepan, heat it up and gently fry your bacon. (If you opt for bacon that is.) After: Add your vegetables  – mushrooms last – and fry them for a couple of minutes.

Pour over your glass of red wine  – and if you feel your vegetables aren’t covered enough, already add your tomatoes. Bring to the boil and let some of your fluid reduce  (= cook on a high heat for about 3-5 minutes), then turn the heat down, add your herbs (and the tinned tomatoes if you haven’t already) and let your stew simmer for about quarter of an hour. Taste, to see how your vegetables are doing. (They should be cooked – not completely soft but also not crunchy.)

Toss in your (drained) kidney beans and give it all a stir. Now pour your mixture into an oven form and place your sausages on top, lightly cover them with some of the sauce, so they are moist. If you have any leftover bread tear it up into small chunks and sprinkle onto your stew. Now all you need is patience! Cook for around 40 minutes – check from time to time, so nothing gets burnt.

You won’t need any sidedish. (It is filling as it is, potatoes would definitely be vver the top!) If you fancy something fresh – a green salad suits well. Or maybe a glass of red wine. (As the glass in the stew can’t really count!)