Sausages with Onion and Cider Gravy, Nigella Lawson, FEAST, PG 38
I was pleased to be using this book as its one that I have used very little, I was disappointed to be cooking this however and doubly upset that the number game with my children brought something up within the Christmas section of the book (in February!)
The main part of this dish is the gravy – the sausages are basically plain baked in the oven as they are or you could fry them so no gold starts for performing that part of the recipe well. Although I do have to say that from now one I think I will oven bake sausages. As Nigella advises, you don’t get that burnt crispiness that you get from frying them and also you can leave them to cook for longer and be getting on with other things rather than having to watch and turn them all the time as you would with frying them.
The gravy was made from Cider, chopped apple and chopped onion and it was allowed to simmer and reduce for 40 minutes. What resulted was a delightfully deeply rich fruity gravy that complimented the sausages wonderfully. The children ate this but I was stingy with the gravy for the children as it was quite strong tasting and I go slowly slowly with strong tastes with them so their palate gets used to it.
I served this with Yorkshire Puddings and roast potatoes and the gravy also complimented these side dishes well.
This was a husband pleaser and her gave this 8 out of 10.
I gave it 6.5 out of 10 as I felt like the gravy was a little too rich and too dark for my tastes – a bit cloying.