When it comes to cooking for kids every mother knows that there are several big mistakes that are easily made, but at the same time there are plenty of other little tricks that can make things run smoothly.
Let's face it, one of the most important things is that mealtimes should be enjoyable and fun, but that doesn't mean they need to have the nutritional value of a fast food takeout.
Another big factor to take into account is how much time things take to make. It would be lovely to be able to put hours aside to make marinades and sauces, but mostly this simply isn't possible and to be honest most kids want something a little more simple.
So with a bare minimum of preparation time and an easy, non-intrusive cooking time of just over an hour, a sausage casserole is a great idea for a meal that's packed with goodness and flavour for all the family.
Most casseroles are based around good honest ingredients and the fact that you can just pop it in the oven and let it look after itself can be a big plus point when you are stretched for finding time for cooking.
You need 450g (or 1lb) of your favourite sausages, one onion, some mushrooms, water and a packet of Schwartz Sausage Casserole Recipe Mix.
Starting off by heating the oven to 180°C (350°F, Gas Mark 4), you then need to slice the onion and the mushrooms. Next, fry the sausages in a frying pan until they are a nice shade of brown.
Drain any excess fat from the pan, add the onion and then cook for a further 3-4 minutes until they are softened; again ensure that the onions do not become too caramelised. Transfer the whole lot into a casserole dish.
Then mix the packet contents with water and add to the dish. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir thoroughly. That's basically it! The Casserole Recipe Mix has all the seasoning and flavourings you need for the perfect result, so you simply cover the pot, pop it in the oven and leave for an hour.
Although it is delicious on its own, a classic sausage casserole would usually be served with mashed potatoes which are usually very quick and easy to make.
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