… as i’ve mentioned on many occasions, I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some wonderful local food producers. From the Belleau Smokery to the Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese we have a veritable supermarket of choice on our doorstep. Yes, you have to make the extra effort but in actual fact all of them have an on-line resource of some kind so you don’t actually have to leave your home and travel in said surrounding countryside. Whilst all sounds thoroughly bucolic it’s not quite as though i’m walking around with a woven flax basket over my arm, plucking fruit from the hedgerows and scrabbling around in the hay for warm duck-eggs… well it is a little like that because on my birthday last week I got a knock on the cottage door and standing there were Jo and Fred from Claythorpe Livestock with an armful of pork belly. Claythorpe Livestock is a family-run business based at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds breeding, rearing and selling quality lamb, pork and sausages. The sheep are out in the field opposite me now and as you can imagine it feels something of a privilege to know exactly where my meat is coming from. They deliver locally – albeit not usually on your birthday – and will butcher to order which, to any vegetarians out there may sound like a heinous crime but is actually a brilliantly esoteric system. Anyway, I guess the point of all this is that the meat tastes glorious, is exceptional value for money and I encourage all of you, even the city dwellers, to find your local producers and researching their ordering and delivery methods,you never know who may knock on the door with pork in their hands…
lincolnshire sausage and pumpkin hot pot
the lovely people from Waitrose are launching a campaign celebrating Autumn and everything we love about this season, particularly those warming hearty dishes such as soups and stews. The campaign is titled #AutumnWarmers and throughout October they are going to be hosting a number of competitions around some of the season’s favourites, the Sunday Roast, Comfort Food, Autumn Baking and Halloween and will be rewarding their social communities with prizes for sharing pictures and recipes of #AutumnWarmers… it’s a fun little campaign and seeing that I adore this season, i’m all aboard…
this recipe was enough to fill my mini casserole dish and also give me enough veg to make another vegetarian version for The Viking… if you’re making one dish, simply up the sausage quota to roughly 2 per person. As well as my locally reared and butchered sausages all my veg are from Lincolnshire which I purchased in Waitrose
1 onion – roughly chopped
3 sticks of celery – roughly chopped
1 leek – roughly sliced
a large handful of button mushrooms – halved
1/2 harlequin pumpkin – peeled and roughly chopped
1 carrots – roughly chopped
1 whole garlic bulb – cut in half through the middle
2 medium tomatoes – cut into chunks
6 lincolnshire sausages – cut into large bite-size pieces (or veggie sausages)
1/2 pint of good quality vegetable stock
a good glug of white wine
3 teaspoons gravy powder
2 or 3 potatoes – thinly sliced
fresh herbs and seasoning
olive oil and butter
many people ask me if I make separate vegetarian meals and sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t… when I do I try and make it as easy on myself as possible and this ‘split pan’ method is really easy so i’ll take you through it here…
you will need 2 medium sized crock pots or casserole dishes with lids (or failing that some tin foil will work fine) which I place on my work surface ready to receive the cooked veg… I then use a generous sized deep pan to cook the veg in
pre-heat the oven to 160C fan
heat some olive oil and a little butter in the pan and throw in the onion and celery and let them sweat and caramelise for about 5 minutes, then throw in the leeks, a little more butter and some freshly torn rosemary and thyme… place the lid on and let the veg sweat for another 5 mins until nice and soft
divide these cooked veg into your two casserole dishes, then return the pan to the heat, throw in a little more butter and olive oil and do the same to the mushrooms, letting them turn golden brown and adding plenty of freshly ground pepper, divide these into you two casserole dishes
then return the pan to the heat, add some more oil and the pumpkin and carrots, letting them caramelise and soften in the same way, then divide these evenly into the two casserole dishes
next brown the sausages – start with the veggie ones first of course, which can then be stirred into the veggie casserole dish and then brown off the pork sausages in the same pan and add these to the other casserole and stir in
make up your vegetable stock, add the gravy powder and the wine and stir together then pour this evenly into both casserole dishes
lay the sliced potatoes on top of each dish then cover them both and cook in the oven for 40 mins, then remove the lids, drizzle over a little olive oil, turn the heat up to 180C and roast for a further 20 mins until the potatoes are golden brown
if you want to join in with me the campaign starts next Friday on the 2nd October… use the #AutumnWarmers and tweet / instagram to @waitrose
eat and of course, enjoy!
Dom, I love the way you cooked the sausages and the presentation is perfect!
Sue/the view from great island says
Oh Dom — this is brilliant! We love hot pots, and we love pumpkin!!!! I've got to try this as soon as I see little pumpkins show up in my supermarket, thanks!
What a perfect AutumnWarmer recipe! I saw it on the Waitrose page while I waited (and waited) for mine to appear! Those potatoes look seductively burnished and delectable. What veggies sausages would you personally recommend for non-meat eaters? I'm curious.
Choclette Blogger says
The beauty of sausage dishes is that we veggies don't miss out and this looks fabulous Dom.
belleau kitchen says
Thanks Manu. It is so pretty and rustic isn't it?
belleau kitchen says
Thanks Sue. I love these little pumpkins. They're full of flavour.
belleau kitchen says
Thanks Kellie. I'm a fan of Cauldron sausages as they have a firm realistic texture that holds up well in stews.
belleau kitchen says
Thanks C. Love a veggie sausage too!
Rebecca Subbiah says
this looks great miss these sausages
Lucy Parissi says
Currently on a diet and wondering why because this looks awesome. We need good food in our lives and it is the weekend… Yum
Nippon Nin says
This looks so good! I don't have Lincolnshire sausage but I'm making this anyway…I'm ready to compromise. Fantastic photos!