Potato topped sausage and Onion pie recipe

Potato topped sausage and Onion pie recipe

As soon as the lights are on all day my thoughts turn to comfort food.  In the absence of being able to hug a hot water all day I turn instead to warming comforting foods.  Those hot dinners that say “a hug from within”.   I had actually forgotten about this recipe until I was reminded of it at the weekend during a conversation about shepherd’s pie.  This pie is similar to shepherd’s pie, in that it has a mashed potato topping and a meaty underneath, but unlike shepherd’s pie this one is made with sausages and gravy rather than mince.

At first glance you might look at the recipe and think “that sounds revolting” but trust me, it doesn’t.  It really does work.    When my kids were little it was a really cheap dinner that they would all eat and didn’t need too much preparation or faffing to serve up

Potato topped sausage and Onion pie recipe
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A simple one dish supper
Recipe type: Easy
Cuisine: Dinner
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 packs of sausages
  • oil for frying
  • 2 onions
  • 10 mushrooms
  • 6 tsps of gravy granules
  • 1 pint of boiling water
  • 80g butter
  • 80g plain flour
  • 1 pint of milk
  • 2 tbs grain mustard
  • ½kg potatoes
  • knob of butter
  1. In a frying pan fry the sausages in the oil until lightly browned (dont worry if not fully cooked as they will be going into the oven later on)
  2. Chop potatoes in to small pieces and bring to boil, cooking until soft.
  3. Remove from pan and chop into three and place them in the bottom of an oven proof casserole dish
  4. Chop into rings and lightly fry onions before adding to dish with sausages
  5. Chop mushrooms in half and lightly fry before adding to casserole dish
  6. Make up the gravy by pouring boiling water over granules and storing until dissolved. Add to casserole dish
  7. Melt butter in non stick pan, remove from the heat.
  8. Gradually add flour and add until combined.
  9. Slowly add milk and stir until combined with flour and butter mixture and there are no lumps
  10. Return to heat and keep stirring until it thickens and then add the mustard.
  11. Once it resembles a white sauce pour into the casserole dish and stir into all other ingredients.
  12. Remove potatoes from the hob, drain and mash with the knob of butter
  13. Add to top of ingredients in casserole dish and gently fork
  14. (add grated cheese if you like a crunchy top)
  15. Place in pre-heated oven at 180 for 45 minutes

 As I say, people think the combination of gravy and a white sauce (such as you would use for making lasagne) would be revolting but trust me it really isn’t.

Serve as is or with some carrots or green veg.

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