With winter well and truly here, I thought I’d take what used to be one of my favourite wintery home-cooked meals as a kid and turn it vegan
- Linda McCartney Red Onion & Rosemary Sausages
- 2 medium potatoes (or sweet potato) diced into small cubes
- 1 tbsp of vegan butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 – 2 tbsp vegan gravy granules
- 150ml of boiling water
- 1 clove of garlic or 1 tsp of garlic paste
- ½ leek diced
- 1 small handful of kale chopped finely
- 1 tsp of chives chopped finely
- 1 onion cut into wedges
Prep: 10 mins > Cook: 35 mins > Serve!
1. Preheat the oven to around 200 degrees celsius.
2. Peel the potatoes and chop them into small chunks. Add them to a medium pan. Do the same for the leeks. Once the potato has all been added, boil the kettle with 400ml of water and pour 250ml into the pan of potatoes, saving the rest for gravy later on.
Note: If you are using sweet potatoes, note that they’ll take less time to soften so add them to the pan 5-8 minutes after adding the white potatoes.
This recipe is just a rough guide. If you’re using slightly different ingredients to make it unique to your taste, you’ll have to adjust the times slightly.
3. Once the potatoes are almost soft, add the sausages to a oven tray. Chop the onion into quarters and separate the layers so that they’re sprinkled evenly over the sausages.
4. Bake for the allocated time (10 – 12 minutes). I bake them for slightly longer as I like them quite crispy.
5. Now that the potatoes and leeks are soft, drain them of their water and add the chives, chopped kale, garlic, vegan butter and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash together until smooth and creamy. Ta-da! You’ve just made the tastiest, Garlic-Leeky Mash in the game.
Note: I don’t actually use salt to season my food. The pepper, garlic and herbs are enough to make it tasty. I find that you can enhance the taste of most foods with herbs rather than salt and it’s a lot healthier.
6. Re-boil the kettle is required, though if not, pour the rest of the kettle water into a jug containing the vegan gravy granules. Mix and add more water or granules until you get your preferred consistency.
7. Dish the mash onto your plate, add the sausages and onion and cover with gravy.
Tip: You can also boil some carrots, peas or other veg to go with. The more veg, the better!
8. Dig in and enjoy.