Cowboy (sausage and bean) pie

I’ve mentioned a few times that I am working with netmums, testing their most popular recipes and then photographing them. This one has been on the list for some time. And, if I’m honest, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it. In fact, I kind of avoided it for a while! I just wasn’t that excited about a ‘casserole’ made of sausages and beans! Do you know what? I really enjoyed it, as did my daughter, who woolfed a huge portion down. So, here it is for you guys, in its slightly tweaked and fully tested form. 
As it’s topped with mash, rather than served with it, I like to call it a pie rather than a casserole. I think poking the sausages out of the top makes it really fun. You could even make this for Halloween and called it finger pie? Too weird..? Sorry!
The curry powder element is totally optional – all it does is give a slightly curry flavour, very gentle. Funnily enough Heinz actually do a tin of beans with curry flavour now, so that’s proof positive that beans and curry do work!
Serves: 4 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes


Ingredients: 
6-8 sausages (depends on how big they are)
1 onion, diced small
2 carrots, diced small
1 tin baked beans (400g)
250ml beef stock
Pinch of curry powder
1 tablespoon of tomato paste or ketchup
600g potatoes, peeled, cooked, mashed
50g (handful) of grated cheddar cheese
Large knob of butter (for mash)           
Pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil 

I used a medium sized baking dish, one that serves 4.

Instructions: 

  1. Peel then boil your potatoes to make mash. Once cooked, mash with a large knob of butter and the grated cheese. Season lightly with pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C.
  3. Heat a little oil, and brown the sausages off in a pan, whole. Should take about 10 minutes. Set aside once brown and chop some into bite size chunks, saving 2 or 3 to cut into halves – these are going to decorate the pie by peeking out the top.
  4. Add a little more oil to the pan, and add the diced carrots and onion. Soften for about 10 minutes. 
  5. Tip in baked beans and stock. Add a pinch of curry sauce and a tablespoon of tomato paste or ketchup and stir well. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add sausages to the baking dish, saving 4 or 5 sausages halves back, and top with the beans/sauce. Top with mash. Poke the sausage halves through so they are peeking out. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until browned on top – without the sausages browning too much!
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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 25, 2014 / 11:51 am

    Where is the printer friendly version?!?

  2. September 25, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    I love this! my kids would love it too, will definitely have to try it, thanks for sharing

  3. September 28, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Hi… I would love to be able to provide you with that facility. I'll look into it! Rachel

  4. September 28, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    Yeah my daughter really enjoyed it. My son wasn't there but I know he would like it too. Thanks for commenting! X

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