September 2011 COTM, Slater/ Tender Volume II
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A Hotpot of Sausage and Apples - p 664 (UK ed)
This is a stew, of sorts. First, you cook up some beans. White beans would be the way to go here, but I didn't have any, so I used red. You start the stew by browning some onions in olive oil, then add some thinly sliced garlic, then some bay leaves and fennel seeds. Slice up some sausages, and add them, and brown on all sides. Then you sprinkle over some flour, and add the apples. Stir that around, and add Madeira or sherry (I used sherry), and some stock. Add a little mustard, and simmer about 25 miin. Then you add the beans and simmer about 20-25 minutes more. At this point you have a thick stew. Stir in a little more mustard to finish the dish. Slater reminds you that mustard loses flavor if you cook it too long, so serve soon after adding that last dollop.
This is a delicious dish you could serve on it's own. Or you could do as we did, and have it with some potatoes. I made a potato and blue cheese dish adapted from Kitchen Diaries. Mr. MM, who is not a blue cheese eater, loved it, and commented on how well the two dishes went together. He asked me to keep a bookmark on the sausage and apple dish. Mr. MM has become a big fan of Nigel Slater, who is probably the only cookbook author Mr. MM knows by name.