- 1½kg potato, cut into large chunks
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- ¼-½ Savoy cabbage, shredded
- 100ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 50g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard or wholegrain mustard (optional)
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 16 good-quality pork sausages
- 10 shallots, peeled and halved if large
Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…
- 4 carrots, thickly sliced
The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…
- 2-3 thyme sprigs, plus extra to serve
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- 2 x 250g packs mushroom, halved or quartered
The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…
- 400ml full-bodied red wine
- 300ml beef stock
- 2 tbsp caramelised red onion (we like English Provender Company Lazy red onions)
Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 mins, adding the cabbage for the final few mins of cooking. Drain, then allow to steam- dry for a few mins. Add the milk and butter to the pan, warm through, then mash into the potatoes and cabbage with plenty of seasoning. Stir in the mustard, if using.
While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large, shallow flameproof dish or a large non-stick frying pan. Brown the sausages, shallots and carrots for about 5 mins until nicely golden and the shallots are starting to soften. The sausages should be almost cooked through; lift them out, then set aside. Tip off any excess fat released by the sausages.
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Turn up the heat under the pan, tip in the thyme and mushrooms, then fry until golden, about 3 mins. Splash in the wine, then let it bubble and reduce by half. Add the stock and caramelised onions, then simmer until it has reduced a little to make a shiny gravy, and the carrots are cooked through. Season, then add the sausages to the gravy.
Spoon the mixture into a baking dish or keep in the pan if it’s ovenproof. Top with the mashed potato, spooning it over in even dollops to prevent the gravy oozing up the sides. Can be made up to 1 day ahead and chilled. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 mins (or 45 mins from chilled), removing the foil for the final 10 mins to brown the mash. Sprinkle with a little thyme to serve.