Delia’s bangers braised in cider

Posted: April 18, 2010 by nietize in British, Casserole, Pork
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From Waitrose Recipe Collection
Serves 2-3

454g Waitrose Free Range 8 Hampshire Breed Lincolnshire Pork Sausages
a little oil for frying
200g Waitrose Free Range Hampshire Breed Dry Cure Smoked Lardons
225g small shallots
1 heaped teaspoon plain flour
375ml strong dry cider
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 bayleaf
1 rounded teaspoon freshly chopped thyme (plus a few sprigs)
1 medium Cox’s apple, cored and sliced thickly into rings (no need to peel)
a little butter
freshly-milled black pepper
You’ll also need a medium flameproof casserole with a tightly-fitting lid

Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

First place the casserole over a medium heat, add a little oil and when it’s hot, brown the sausages all round – it’s important to get them well browned. Then, using a draining spoon, remove them to a plate whilst you brown the lardons and shallots lightly. When that’s done, sprinkle in the flour to soak up the juices, then gradually stir in the cider.

Now pop the sausages back in along with the garlic, bayleaf, fresh thyme and sprigs. Add some freshly-milled black pepper (no salt needed). Now put a lid on as soon as it begins to simmer, then transfer it to the oven for 30 minutes. After that remove the lid and let it continue to cook for a further 20-30 minutes.

Towards the end of the time, fry the apple rings in butter till golden and soft, and garnish the casserole with them. This is obviously going to need some very creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, and at this time of the year I would serve some tender, squeaky, lightly cooked spring greens.

Notes on ingredients

I prefer the herb-flavoured Lincolnshire sausages with this, but Hampshire breed free-range plain, or Cumberland sausages, can be used instead.

Proper comfort food! The cider goes so well with the sausages, combination of sweet and savoury flavours. The shallots are ridiculously sweet when you cooked them this way. I definitely prefer this dish to her chicken with grapes.


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