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Angela Day

 

CHICKEN & SAUSAGE CASSEROLE

Serves 4-6

6 chicken thighs

12 slices streaky bacon

2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges

1 red pepper, cut into chunks

1 yellow pepper, cut into chunks

4-5 courgettes, cut into chunks

45ml olive oil

10ml chopped garlic

sprigs of thyme

salt and pepper

300g cocktail pork sausages

380ml bought tomato pasta sauce

Wrap each chicken thigh in two slices of bacon. Put onions, peppers and courgettes in an ovenproof casserole and add the olive oil, garlic and thyme.

Add the sausages and toss to coat as well. Season well. Put chicken thighs on top. Cover and roast at 180degC for 30 minutes. Remove and take off the lid. Stir through the pasta sauce and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes until the chicken is golden brown.

Note: If using the stove top, brown the wrapped chicken and sausages first. Remove. Add the remaining ingredients, return the chicken and sausages and simmer until the chicken is cooked, 30-40 minutes.

 

LAMB MINCE BAKE

Serves 4

500g lamb mince

1 egg

5ml crushed garlic

125ml chopped fresh coriander

125ml chopped fresh mint

100g feta, crumbled

salt and pepper

15ml olive oil

45ml tomato paste

250ml grated mozzarella

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

10ml dried oregano

extra chopped coriander, for garnish

Preheat oven to 200degC. In a large bowl, combine the mince, egg, garlic, herbs and half the feta. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in an ovenproof heavy-based non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mince mixture. Use a spatula and press to cover the base. Smooth the surface.

Spread lamb mixture with the tomato paste. Top with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and the remaining feta.

Sprinkle with dried oregano.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Serve immediately sprinkled with chopped coriander.

Note: For the stove top, cover the pan with a lid and cook over a low heat on the hob until the meat is cooked through and the cheese is melted.

 

MEXICAN BEAN CASSEROLE

Serves 6-8

15ml olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

4 courgettes, chopped

10ml ground cumin

10ml ground coriander

10ml paprika

10ml dried oregano

3ml dried chilli flakes

400g tin of corn kernels

400g tin of red kidney beans

400g tin of cannellini beans

400g tin of chickpeas

1 jar ready-made salsa

125ml vegetable stock

salt and pepper

1 bunch of spring onions, white parts sliced

nachos chips

250ml grated cheddar cheese

sour cream and chopped coriander, for serving

Preheat oven to 200degC. Heat the oil in an ovenproof dish. Fry the onion and courgettes until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spices and fry until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the corn, beans, chickpeas, salsa and stock and mix well.

Cook for a few minutes. Taste for salt and pepper. Scatter with spring onions. Break the nachos over the top.

Top with cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden. Serve immediately with sour cream and coriander.

Note: To adapt this recipe for cooking on the stove top, cook the beans in a pot and serve the nachos, grated cheese and sour cream on the side.

 

PORK CHOP CASSEROLE

Serves 4

4 large pork chops

60ml olive oil

5ml chopped garlic

15ml balsamic vinegar

30ml chopped thyme

2-3 potatoes, sliced

2 red onions, cut into wedges

1 bulb of fennel, sliced

1 red pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

salt and pepper

125ml chicken stock

Put the pork chops in a plastic bag.

Combine 45ml of the olive oil, garlic, vinegar and thyme and pour over the chops.

Massage well and leave to marinate for an hour.

Place the potatoes, onions, fennel, peppers and remaining olive oil in an ovenproof casserole. Season well.

Arrange the chops on top of the vegetables and pour over the stock.

Bake at 180degC for 30-40 minutes, turning the chops over halfway through the cooking time. Remove and serve.

Note: To cook this on the hob, brown the chops first, remove them and then add the vegetables and stock to the pot.

Return the chops and simmer until cooked.

 

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