Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paprikash Pork Sausages and Beans

This was an unexpected success with all the smalls, although perhaps not all that unexpected because sausages and beans is one of those combinations which so far has never gone wrong. Paprikash purists will frown (and they have a point) because I wasn't working from the recipe and used a bottle of passata instead of just a bit of tomato paste for flavour as I had written, but it was still delicious.
  • 4 onions
  • 1 tray of pork chipolatas (or use better quality butcher sausages if you are less poverty-stricken)
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 sticks celery
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1/4 cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 4 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (at least - I just upended the jar and stirred in what fell out)
  • 1 can of butter beans, drained
  • passata
  • loads of sour cream (embarrassingly, I had to buy this, because we forgot to put out some of ours to sour)
Slowly saute the vegetables for at least half an hour, preferably longer, stirring occasionally and tipping in a bit of liquid if it is sticking too badly. When everything is gorgeously caramelised, add the rest of the ingredients except the sour cream. Add a couple of cups of chicken stock, bring to the boil and simmer, with the lid off, until the sausages are cooked and the sauce is reduced a bit. In the meantime, steam some potatoes and mash them with plenty of butter and a bit of milk, or prepare your preferred accompaniment. Eat, to the accompaniment of busily champing jaws if it is as popular in your house as it was in ours!

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