Sausages with Mashed Potatoes

Another yummy dish I prepared – got the basic recipe from the net – modified to suit “Indian conditions”

Ingredients

  • 8 meaty pork sausages
  • English mustard to serve
  • For the gravy:
  • 700 g onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 25 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon plain flour
  • 600 ml brown ale
  • 600 ml fresh beef stock
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
For the mashed potatoes:
  • 900 g floury main crop potatoes,, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 55 g butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method
  1. To make the beer and onion gravy, heat the oil and the butter in a large, heavy based saucepan.
  2. Add the onions and sugar and cook over a low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring now and then, until soft and richly caramelised.
  3. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the beer, beef stock, star anise, cloves and bay leaves and boil vigorously until reduced to a rich, glossy sauce Рabout 20 minutes in a large saut̩ pan.
  5. Remove the star anise, bayleaves and cloves (if you can find them) from the gravy and season to taste with some salt and pepper.
  6. For the sausages and mashed potato, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 20 minutes until soft.
  7. Then after about 10 minutes, heat the oil for the sausages in a large frying pan. Add the sausages and fry them over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, turning now and then, until nicely browned and cooked through.
  8. Drain the potatoes and mash until smooth – a potato ricer does this really well. Beat in the butter with some seasoning and enough milk to make a smooth, creamy mash.
  9. Spoon the mashed potatoes onto warmed plates and rest the sausages alongside. Pour over some of the gravy and serve with a good spoonful of English mustard.

Tips for Indian tastes

  1. Instead of Beef Stock – put in two cubes of Maggi Chicken Cubes and one cup water
  2. For Mashed Potatoes – you can use Aloo-Mash (dried potato flakes). Mix 2 cups of Aloo Mash with 1.5 cups of water, add 50 gm butter and heat in microwave for 1 minute. Mix with spoon to get a smooth and creamy texture.
  3. Instead of beer – you can put 1 tsp vinegar, 2 tbspn worcestershire sauce and 1 tbspn mustard
  4. You can use chicken sausages, chicken seekhs, mutton sausages, mutton seekhs, et al instead of pork sausages

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