Bangers and Beans

Bangers and Beans

Bangers and Beans

Bangers and Beans

I'm going through a thing at the moment where I like to know what's in my food.
I've had my fair share of "dodgy" food and quite frankly it makes me shudder when I think what it's made up of.
Certainly i'm not a purist by any means when it comes to food but more and more i'm starting to go back to basics and either eat simply or make my own.

I've started making my own sausages, it doesn't take a huge amount of time and they don't even have to go into casings if you're looking for variety.
So far i've stayed close to my English roots and have only been making plain and simple breakfast pork sausages but boy do they ever taste good.
I think they taste even better when you know exactly what's in them.

So, this recipe is a simple one for Bangers and Beans.
We've had a busy time of it recently and haven't had a huge amount of time to make our own food so I made a stash of this to see us through a few nights.
It's easy to make and if you don't have to make your own sausages!

You can make this dish as hard or simple as you want.
I used canned beans but you can cook your own from dried.
You can make these as spicy as you like. I just used a pinch of cayenne but the recipe could easily take more.
I used a pre-made tomato sauce that I had in the freezer but you can make fresh or use one from a jar.
I also used my own sausages but go to the local butchers and find out what they've got going on sausage wise, they always taste great.
I served mine with vegetables but the Bangers and Beans are a dish in themselves so it's up to you how you eat them.

This is a great "make-ahead" meal that can sit in the fridge for a few days or keep in the freezer until you want to use it.
It's also great camping food for those looking for the "Blazing Saddles" experience!

Bangers and Beans

Eat this dish on it's own or with vegetables.

Bangers and Beans

I made my own sausages but any good homemade sausage from the butchers will work

Bangers and Beans

6 large Sausages - about 500g
1 x 800g tin white Haricot Beans - rinsed and drained
500g Pureed Tomato Sauce or Passata
1 Med. Onion - Chopped Finely
1 Clove Garlic - crushed
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
½ Red Pepper - diced finely
½ Leek - diced finely
Oil - for Frying
Water - for consistency
Salt and Pepper - for seasoning

The Mix: 

Pour a small amount of oil in to a casserole, heat then and add leek, onion and garlic - fry slowly for 5 minutes until soft
Add tomato sauce, sugar, cayenne and vinegar - mix in
Add enough water to bring the sauce to your desired consistency - the consistency should be slightly runny, not too thick as some of the liquid will evaporate during cooking in the oven
Bring to boil then simmer for 30 minutes

Turn oven to 165°c fan assist or equivalent
Add beans and pepper to sauce and mix through
Adjust consistency again by adding more water
Add salt and pepper to taste

Place beans in a baking tray with sides
Place bangers on top of beans - do not mix in or cover with sauce
Bake in the oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes until bangers are browned and sizzling on top then serve with vegetables or on their own with the beans.

Drink This: 

Bangers and Beans is simple food and. for me, a simple beer will do the trick nicely.
Try this beautiful Adnams Bitter from the UK

Adnams Bitter

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