Cowboy Casserole | A Kid-Friendly, Pork Sausage Casserole
This is so simple and an absolute hit with the children! Great for big groups of people and very economical. Also a real winter warmer, great to serve on Halloween or around a campfire or garden fireworks. Wrap up warm on the outside and this casserole will make you warm on the inside!
Cowboy Casserole | Tips
- If you like barbecue flavor, put in some barbecue sauce or marinade to lift the dish.
- You can put extra vegetables in, such as courgettes/zucchini to give a little more crunch.
Recipe Serves: 4
Recipe Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- 12 good quality pork sausages (try to get flavored ones as well as plain pork)
- 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
- 4 sticks of celery, chopped
- 2 strips of bacon, chopped
- 400 grams/14 oz. (one can) of chopped tomatoes
- 300 ml/ 10 fl. oz of beef stock (you can use stock cubes for this)
- 1 tbsp of runny honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 × 400 gram/ 2 × 14 oz. cans of baked beans
- A little water to thin the mixture, if it starts to burn or is too thick
- 1 tsp of smoked paprika or a little mild chili powder
- 1-2 tbs of olive oil
- Lightly fry the sausages in the olive oil, turning occasionally to brown, or you can grill them if preferred. Set aside in a heatproof casserole dish or stockpot-sized pot.
- Add a little more oil and gently fry the onions, bacon, and celery until soft and cooked. Cut the sausages in half with a diagonal cut.
- Put the sausages, bacon, onions, and celery into the casserole dish/stockpot and tip in the chopped tomatoes, beans, Worcestershire sauce, and honey/syrup. Pour in the stock and paprika/chili powder and stir thoroughly.
- Heat all of the mixtures over low heat, stirring to prevent burning or sticking, as the beans will burn if they stick to the bottom of the pot. Do not let it boil, just simmer for about 10 minutes until the liquid has reduced and the flavors have mingled. You could also put the casserole dish into the oven if you have a lid, or cover the top in foil for about 30 minutes at 150 C/300 F/ Gas mark 2.
- Serve with mashed potato or baked potatoes or even some delicious warm crusty bread.