Sitting in church, whilst (naturally) listening intently to the sermon, an image of meltingly delicious slow roasted pork shoulder with boulangere potatoes kept tantalising me. I invited Mr Wobbly, our regular Sunday lunch companion, to join us at 5pm. I had arranged to walk with a friend at 1pm, so planned a quick trip to the supermarket (not, of course that I go shopping on a Sunday as a matter of course...) and to put the joint into roast slowly in a moderate oven whilst we were out.
However, a search for my keys revealed that I had packed them in the neighbour's baby's suitcase when he stayed over last night. The neighbours were out.. no trip to the supermarket for me.
So instead I searched for inspiration in the freezer. Boil in the bag cod with Boulangere potatoes? Perhaps not. Chicken soup? 2 chops? But there were 4 of us. Ah - sausages. Well, they're pork aren't they?
So here it is - Sausages with Boulangere Potatoes and Apples
In the food processor, thinly slice 2 onions and about 5 large potatoes. Core but don't peel 2 cooking apples and slice into 1/2 centimetre rounds.
Mix the onions and potatoes with your hands, and layer into a baking dish with the apple slices. As you layer it up, add some chopped garlic, fresh chopped sage leaves, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour over 1/2 pint of vegetable or chicken stock and lay 12 pork sausages on the top of this. Cover with foil and bake slowly for 2-3 hours at 140c. Remove the foil, turn the sausages and cook at 180c for the last 30 mins.
Serve with fresh runner beans (Mr. Wobbly arrived with a pan of the same - ready prepared) and good company.
Poached pears with chocolate sauce makes a good - a seasonal - pudding to follow.
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