Camp Cook­ing

ITAL­IAN-STYLE SAUSAGE CASSE­ROLE... BELLISSIMA.

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SAUSAGES don’t al­ways have to be cooked on the bar­be­cue. The humble snag can be trans­formed into some very tasty meals, such as this casse­role dish. It’s hearty, full of flavour and good­ness, is a one-dish meal, and the kids should en­joy it. The sausage casse­role can be cooked in a camp oven, over the fire, or on a stove top. Plus, it’s great on a cold night for an evening meal and is pretty quick to put to­gether.

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS Serves: 4

Oil 8 good-qual­ity beef sausages – or Ital­ian-style pork sausages 4 rash­ers ba­con, diced – rind re­moved 1 large onion – peeled and diced 2 cloves gar­lic – crushed (fresh or tube va­ri­ety) 2 medium pota­toes – peeled and diced into 1cm cubes 3 cups (200g) mush­rooms – thickly sliced 440g tin of diced or crushed toma­toes 1 cup (250ml) beef stock ½ cup (125ml) dry white wine ½ tsp dried thyme ½ tsp dried basil Salt and pep­per 400g tin of can­nellini beans – drained and rinsed 2 tbsp fresh chopped pars­ley – or dried pars­ley (op­tional)

DI­REC­TIONS

Cook­ing time: 30 mins (ap­prox.)

• Over a medium heat, heat a lit­tle oil in a heavy pan or camp oven.

• Sauté the sausages un­til well-browned.

• Re­move and drain on some ab­sorbent paper and set aside.

• Add ba­con, onion and gar­lic to the pan and cook for a few min­utes.

• Add pota­toes and sauté un­til lightly brown.

• Add in mush­rooms, tinned toma­toes, beef stock, white wine, thyme and basil.

• Stir un­til all com­bined.

• Sea­son to taste.

• Bring to the boil and re­duce heat to a sim­mer.

• Cover and cook for about 15 min­utes, or un­til pota­toes are ten­der.

• While that’s cook­ing, cut the cooled sausages into bite-sized pieces.

• Once the pota­toes are ten­der, add the sausage and beans to the pot

and cook un­til ev­ery­thing is hot and heated through (about five mins).

• Spoon the meal into bowls and sprin­kle with pars­ley. • Serve with toasted slices of crusty bread, or with crusty fresh rolls.

VIV’S HINTS

• Add any other veg­eta­bles you like.

• Sub­sti­tute risoni for the beans, if you don’t have any beans on hand.

• Use a more ro­bust-flavoured sausage for more flavour.

• More recipe ideas for the humble sausage: casseroles/stews, cur­ried sausage, sausage bake, sausage rolls, meat­balls, dev­illed sausages, pasta dishes and rice dishes.

WEB­SITE OF THE MONTH

Want some tasty recipes di­rect from the butcher? Then check out ‘Butcher­man’ for ideas on cook­ing all sorts of meat, in­clud­ing sausages: www.butcher­man.com.au/blog/cat­e­gory/recipes/

For more great recipes: Check out Ron & Viv Moon’s web­site at www.guide­books.com.au Fol­low their Face­book page: www.face­book.com/moon­ad­vpub

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