Lincolnshire sausages with red onion gravy and thyme and Gouda polenta

This is real comfort food with a slightly more elegant twist on the standard mash offering we so often see in gastro pubs around the country – polenta can be pretty boring on its own and really benefits from the cheese and fresh herbs. You can use any sausages really; Toulouse or Cumberland would be great if you wish to stretch the £1.50 per person budget.

Ingredients

  • 8 Lincolnshire sausages (£1.83)
  • 500g of Dunn’s fine polenta (44p)
  • 200g of Gouda (86p)
  • 25g of fresh lemon thyme (67p)
  • 4 large red onions (60p)

The cupboard staples…

Salt, black pepper, butter, Lea and Perrin’s sauce and 2 chicken stock cubes.

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to mysupermarket.co.uk, this trolley was cheapest at ASDA where it came to £4.40 - that's £1.10 per head!

Instructions

  • The gravy needs at least an hour so make this first. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan and add the finely sliced onions. Let them soften down on a very low heat for around 30 minutes until you get a nice caramelised brown colour. Once browned add 1 ½ pints of chicken stock and a few dashes of Lea and Perrin’s, along with some salt and lots of black pepper – reduce for another 30 minutes on a low simmer and the gravy will be ready.
  • Whilst the gravy is reducing down, get the sausages under the grill and cook as you usually would. You could always pan fry if you feel that way inclined. Keep warm once cooked, ready for serving.
  • Now the polenta – get 2 pints of water in a large pan and up to the boil. Now slowly add (in a nice even stream) 500g of polenta and keep stirring as you add the polenta. Keep stirring until nice and smooth. Now add 2 tablespoons of butter, 200g of grated Gouda and the finely chopped fresh thyme. Keep stirring on a low heat for a further 6 minutes until it thickens. Season to taste before serving. Serve in the traditional way!
  • Happy eating!

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