As winter rapidly approaches I’m reminded of the wonders of a good cast iron casserole pot. Coming home depleted of energy and with a waining of enthusiasm towards cooking it’s a godsend to be able to whip together something simple. With the right ingredients, you can just throw things in, let it slowly bubble and you’re rewarded with food that evokes the feeling of a warm hug.
Crank up the richness of the dish by adding diced chorizo
I’ve given you the basic recipe but to spice it up you could add fresh red chilli or cayenne for a mild kick. Or if you wanted to really crank up the richness of the dish add in some diced chorizo at the very start. This will substitute the olive oil you add later as it will ooze luscious smokey paprika laden fat which is enough to brown your sausages, garlic and veg.
Either of these are great additions but don’t limit yourselves to these options. The idea behind a casserole like this is to tailor it to your tastes, make it your own.
- 400-500ml Chicken Stock
- 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Tomato Purée
- 6 Cumberland Sausages
- 4 large potatoes
- 4 Carrots
- 175g Frozen Garden Peas
- 1 Onion
- 2 cloves of Garlic
- Handful of Basil
- Salt & Pepper
- Heat a large cast iron pot over a medium heat and add your sausages with a small splash of olive oil. Cook until they are coloured on the outside. Then add minced garlic and tomato purée, stirring occasionally so that the garlic doesn’t catch.
- After two minutes add your washed and halved (quartered if they are very large) potatoes, sliced carrots and onions. I liked to keep the onions quite chunky so as to maintain some bite, but that’s personal preference.
- Once the vegetables have been coated add your chopped tomatoes and chicken stock. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover and leave for roughly 40 minutes, making sure to check it now and then to ensure the potatoes haven’t turn to mush.
- When the potatoes are almost perfect, add your peas and finely chopped basil. The bite of the peas and the fresh basil lifts the dish up from being a stodgy mess. At this stage adjust for seasoning and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, take it off the heat, serve and enjoy.