Category Archives: Stews & Casseroles

Chilli con carne

What is it about the colder months that make me want to fill my cupboards, fridge, freezer, pantry, you name it, with food.  It’s not as if we are ever likely to be snowed in for any length of time and yet I feel the need to store food.

Who knows, maybe I was a squirrel in my previous life or does everybody do this?

I have been filling my freezer with lots of delicious soups and stews and one of my all time favourites has to be this beef chilli.   There is something really comforting about a bowl of hot, spicy chilli on a cold Autumn night.  I always make a big batch and freeze into ready meal portions for those lazy days when cooking is just out of the question.

Personally I love to add some spicy sausage meat for extra flavour but of course this is not absolutely necessary.

Enjoy!

Chilli con carne

Chilli con carne

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Chilli con carne

This is a quick and easy chilli recipe - perfect for family meals or entertaining a crowd.

Ingredients

  • 3 tblsps olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 sweet chilli pork sausages
  • 1½ kgs minced beef
  • 4 tsps. chilli powder
  • 3 tsps. cumin powder
  • 3 tsps. dried oregano
  • 3 tsps. mustard powder
  • 800g tinned tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tblsps tomato puree
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsps. salt
  • 250ml water
  • 125ml red wine
  • 800g red kidney beans, drained

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onions and cook over a low heat until tender.
  2. Remove the sausage skins and crumble the meat into the pan. Cook until starting to brown.
  3. Add minced beef, small portions at a time and continue to cook until meat starts to brown.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for a further 30 minutes.
  6. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.

Notes

Serve with boiled rice or with Corn Bread on the side. Make a large batch and freeze into ready meal portions.

http://mygoldenpear.com/2013/10/11/chilli-con-carne/

Sausage Stroganoff

Just over two years ago I gave up my job in the city to be a stay at home Mum.  It was not an easy decision to make as I have always loved my work but with rising child care costs, extortionate travel costs and the stress of trying to work full time and look after a young family we knew we had to make some changes to our lifestyle.  Without a doubt the decision to stay at home has been the right one but, and it is a big but, the financial implications have been hard.  My children are happy and love having their Mum around and both are blissfully unaware of the constant budgeting, re budgeting, planning and worry that goes with being on a tight budget.  It has been easy to cut out the restaurant meals, trips to the movies, overseas holidays and replace them with cheaper alternatives but what I really try hard not to compromise on is good, home cooked meals.  I may not be able to use the best cuts of meat anymore or to try out all the new exotic fruit and veg that is now so readily available but if you look around, there are always cheaper alternatives which can often be just as tasty and are probably more local and in season.  It was while I was going through my pile of recipe cuttings that I found this recipe for Sausage Stroganoff.  I have no idea where it originates from but has probably been pulled out of one of my South African magazines from about 15 years ago.  It is a much cheaper alternative to the original beef or pork stroganoffs.  I buy good quality sausages which contain over 85% pork at a cost of £2.50 and can easily feed the four of us.  It is simple, quick, cheap and tasty – definitely worth a try.

Sausage Stroganoff

SAUSAGE STROGANOFF

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

SAUSAGE STROGANOFF

Ingredients

  • 8 pork sausages
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 4 bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 500 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 250 ml beef stock
  • 60 ml tomato paste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 60 ml plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Grill or lightly fry sausages until cooked and nicely browned.
  2. Slice each sausage into 3 or 4 pieces and set to one side.
  3. Add olive oil to a frying pan and fry onions until soft.
  4. Add bacon and garlic to pan and continue to fry until bacon is cooked.
  5. Add mushrooms and continue to fry for approximately 5 minutes or until mushrooms are soft.
  6. Add beef stock, tomato paste and paprika and bring to a simmer, stirring well.
  7. Add cooked sausage pieces and continue to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  8. Stir in yogurt, mix well until heated through.
  9. Serve with mashed potato or rice.
http://mygoldenpear.com/2013/03/21/sausage-stroganoff/

I am entering this dish into this month’s Random Recipe challenge over at Belleau Kitchen which is  cuttings, memories and clippings.
and as it is also a budget version of a well know dish I am going to enter into this month’s Credit Crunch Munch blop hop wish is hosted by both Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla of Fab Food 4 All

 

Updated to include in January 2014’s The Spice Trail challenge which is all about cooking with paprika and can be found over at Bangers and Mash.
spice-trail-badge-squareI’m also going to submit this recipe to this week’s Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too.
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