Proper grub with a difference; a modern mixed grill in a pot. Comforting, filling, bursting with veg, protein and flavours, it feeds a family of 4 very easily and obviously caters for the dog too. You cannot make this without adding that extra sausage for the canine. The black pudding adds richness and depth of flavour to the gravy alongside the bangers and bacon.
This recipe, like most of ours, is designed for you to adapt to your taste. So, you can use any meat sausage or even Veggie, although we haven’t tested those yet so let us know the results! Black Turtle Beans work really well but you can swap them for others if you wish.
A real one pot wonder meal. Well, ok, if you use a ceramic casserole then its 1 pot in the oven and a frying pan to get the flavours kicking out of the black pudding, bacon and sausages. If you have a metal pot, then you can go properly solo on the cooking vessels. But who cares when the result is this good? You could also very easily adapt this for a slow cooker, and any leftovers (!!!) reheat very well.
Ingredients – Serves 4
12 x Herby Pork Chicken or Beef Sausages (plus 1 extra per dog).
4 x Rashers Back Bacon
4 x Slice Black Pudding
1 x Large onion
4 x Sticks celery
3 x Carrots
150g Dried Black Turtle Beans / Pinto Beans
2 x Tins chopped tomatoes
1 x Tin red kidney beans
Oregano, fresh if you have it or dried.
A dash of Worcester Sauce
3 x Large Garlic cloves
2 x Vegetable stock cubes or pots
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Crusty bread roll to serve (we use Ciabatta or Sourdough)
Your choice of fresh herbs, or a sprinkling of dried mix herbs.
A large glass of Red Wine replacing some of the water
1. Soak the Turtle beans cold water for 4 hours
2. Preheat fan oven to 160 degrees with shelves positioned to keep your pot in the centre.
3. Chop the onion, carrot and celery into big chunks and set to one side. You want big chunks here so as a guide quarter the onion, and then cut each quarter in half again.
4. Cut the black pudding rings into quarters (as you want these to break down into the gravy during cooking) and cut the bacon into 1” pieces.
5. Now, either in a frying pan or in your casserole dish if you are using metal, put the sausages in with 1 tbsp olive oil, and fry until slightly browned. Remove to a plate.
6. Then fry off the bacon, and remove to the plate, followed by the black pudding.
7. After the meats are fried off, using the same oil with all the lovely flavours in it, fry off the vegetables and garlic.
8. Once done, place everything you have part cooked so far in the casserole.
9. Add the tomatoes, both types of beans, Worcester sauce, oregano, and stock cubes / pots along with 2 empty tomato cans of water.
10. Lightly mix in the pot, be careful not to break up the sausages.
11. Pop in the oven for 1 hour 30 mins, stirring gently after about 45 mins. If you want to prepare in advance you can either re-heat, or simply drop the temperature after 45 minutes and cook longer.
Serve with the crusty bread, jackets, chunky chips or on its own.