Sausage & apple tray bake
serves 4| prep 30 mins | cooking 1 hour 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1kg good-quality pork sausages 1 large leek, white and pale part only, thinly sliced 1 fennel bulb (or 2 baby fennel bulbs), thinly sliced 50g butter 1 12⁄ tbs plain flour 330ml btl apple cider 125ml ( 12⁄ cup) chicken stock 300g small sweet potatoes, cut into wedges 2 red apples, sliced thickly into discs 14⁄ cup fresh sage leaves 100g coarsely torn sourdough bread
1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook sausages, in 2 batches, turning, for 5 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a shallow 23 x 30cm baking dish or tray. 2 Reduce heat to medium. Heat remaining oil in pan. Add leek and fennel, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Transfer to baking dish. Melt 20g butter in pan and cook until foaming. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until bubbling. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in cider and stock. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Set aside. 3 Add sweet potato and apple to baking dish. Pour over the stock mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. 4 Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add sage leaves for 1 minute or until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Add bread to pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until coated. 5 Remove bake from oven and sprinkle with bread. Return to the oven for 15 minutes or until topping is crisp and golden. Sprinkle over crispy sage.
Prepare to end of Step 3. Cool to room temperature, then securely wrap the dish in 2 layers of plastic wrap. Freeze.
Prepare up to the end of Step 2, then store in an airtight container in the fridge. If frozen, place in the fridge to thaw.
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Remove bake from fridge, unwrap and set aside while oven heats. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and continue from Step 4. For step-by-step Cook Modes, see our ipad app