Monday, 21 September 2009

Cabelleros Casserole

There's an easy to find (and make) kids meal out there on the web called Cowboy Casserole, which uses Sausages and Beans...I decided to make it for Leo yesterday and also to make a slightly different version for myself. I altered the recipe and gave it a Spanish twist - hence the name. This is a good one for a cold day.

You need:

6 Sausages - good quality Pork or Beef
2 x 400g Tins Chilli Beans - don't drain these
2 x Onions - sliced
150g Chorizo - sliced or diced
4 x Large Baking Potatoes
1 x 400g Tin Puy Lentils (ready cooked)
1 x Large Carrot - diced
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Pre heat the oven to 180c

Peel and halve the Potatoes, then put them onto to boil for 20 mins. When cooked, mash them and set aside.

Heat the Oil in a large, heavy bottomed pan and genly fry the Onions for about 10 mins until they begin to colour. Set aside. Now add the Sausages and fry, turning often until cooked. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the pan, chop into bite sized pieces and set aside. Now add the Chorizo and Carrot to the pan and cook for 3 or 4 minutes only, until the Chorizo begins to release it's oil.

Return the Sausages and Onions to the pan with the Chorizo and Carrot, then add the Beans and Lentils. Stir well to combine, then bring to the boil. The Beans should have enough sauce to allow this.

Transfer everything to a large casserole dish and then spoon over the mashed spuds. Spread the mash over the surface of the casserole to cover and then put in the oven for 25 mins or until the mash begins to brown.

Serve with any veg you like.

Feeds 4-6

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