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venison sausage & bean casserole with chestnuts

“A great dish for entertaining. It’s so easy to make but tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. Adding baked beans with benefits makes for a deliciously flavoured sauce which thickens the dish without the need for flour and butter. You could use ordinary pork sausages but venison is a good lower fat alternative with great flavour and provides a bit of luxury. Serve with a pile of fluffy mash and some greens.”

SERVES: 4   PREP TIME: 20 MINS   COOKING TIME: 40 MINS

Ingredients

1 pot of baked beans with benefits

1 tblsp oil

8 venison sausages

280g shallots

120g bacon lardons

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

200ml white wine

1 bay leaf, 1 sprig thyme

200g button mushrooms

180g whole chestnuts (roasted & vacuum packed)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the venison sausages. Brown on all sides and remove to a plate.
  2. Peel the shallots and keep whole.
  3. Brown the shallots and bacon lardons in the pan and then add the garlic.
  4. Pour in the wine, return the sausages to the pan and add the herbs. Season with pepper.
  5. Simmer for 20 mins.
  6. Cut the whole chestnuts in half and add to the pan with the mushrooms and pot of baked beans with benefits.
  7. Simmer for 15 mins then serve.

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