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Sausages baked with apples & squash

Sausages baked with apples & squash recipe

Autumnal squash and spiced apple baked with sausage and maple syrup.

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Calories per portion 512 Kcal
Fat per portion 34g of which saturated 10g
Serves 4

Butternut squash or pumpkin 1 small
Red onion 1, peeled and thickly sliced
Granny Smith apples 2, cored, peeled and thickly sliced
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Maple syrup 2 tbsp
Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Thick pork sausages 8
Chopped parsley 2 tbsp

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line a medium-sized roasting tin with baking parchment.

2 Cut the squash or pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Slice off the skin and then cut into wedges about 2cm (¾in) thick. Arrange evenly in the tin with the onion and apple slices.

3 In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and oil, and drizzle over the vegetables, carefully mixing them on the tray to coat them in the mixture. Season well. Arrange the sausages on top and bake with the vegetables for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender and cooked through.

4 Drain well, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with a green salad and some crusty bread.

Cook’s tip 
Maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness, but it is quite expensive. For a more economical version, use 2 tablespoons light brown sugar.
A Dairy Cookbook recipe.

Squash, Bean and Stilton Risotto

Rich and creamy with a fantastic colour, this combination of textures and flavours results in simple, modern, comfort food!

10 minutes preparation time
40 minutes cooking time
546 Kcal per portion
23.6g fat per portion of which 11.6g is saturated
4 servings
Suitable for vegetarians

Butternut squash 1, weighing about 900g (2lb)
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Butter 50g (2oz)
Onion 1, peeled and diced
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Arborio (risotto) rice 250g (9oz)
Dry cider 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
Vegetable stock 750ml (11⁄4 pints)
Frozen broad beans 150g (5oz)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Stilton cheese 75g (3oz)
Sage leaves 8, shredded

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6. Cut the squash into about 8 big chunks, removing the seeds. Put the chunks in a roasting tin with 1 tbsp of oil and roast in the oven for 40 minutes, turning the pieces a couple of times during cooking. They should be softened and caramelised on the edges.

2 Meanwhile, heat the rest of the oil with the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rice and coat well in the butter for a couple of minutes. Pour in the cider, let it sizzle and, when it is almost absorbed, pour in about 200ml (7fl oz) of the stock.

3 Cook over a low heat until the stock is absorbed. Continue to add more stock in batches as it becomes absorbed into the rice. With the last addition of stock, add the broad beans as well.

4 Remove the skin from all but the ‘best-looking’ pieces of squash. Set these aside for the garnish. Mash the flesh from the rest roughly with a fork, in the roasting tin, and add it to the risotto with the saucepan juices. Check for seasoning and, when the rice is just cooked, break small chunks of Stilton over the top. Garnish with shredded sage leaves.

Cook’s tip
Roast butternut squash is great served as an accompaniment to roast meat dishes. Squash can be peeled before cooking, but it’s quicker to do it afterwards. Let it get really brown and sticky for the best flavour.

Recipe taken from the Year Round Dairy Cookbook.

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