How to cook pork sausages braised in cider


Yesterday I cooked two recipes for dinner for my Learning how to cook with Delia Smith challenge – Pork sausages braised in cider with apple and juniper, and Perfect mashed potato.

Basically you brown the sausages and onions and apples separately , then you combine them together and stew them in a casserole dish on top of the stove. It took about half an hour prep time, and then an additional one hour stewing, so this isn’t a quick after work dish.

Matt adjusted the pan as it wasn’t sitting on the hob properly in the center. I had to take the lid off to boil some of the liquid off and thicken up the cider sauce.

I boiled two potatoes to have as a side and mash them with a cool device which looks like a spiral on the end of a masher. (I don’t know what it’s called but it works a treat.) I added cream instead of crème fraîche because I couldn’t find any in either Coles or Woolies.

The highlight of the dish was the lovely apple and cider gravy. It was nice but I wouldn’t cook it again. The mash was delicious based on cream, but again a bit of treat since rice milk works just as well without the guilt.

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Written for the Learning how to cook with Delia Smith challenge

Gerwurzte schweinsrippchen – Braised spicy spareribs (German)

spicy ribs

Cooked for the German entry of the Euro Cup and Plate Challenge.

900g spareribs
½ cup flour
2 tsps salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tbsps grape seed oil
1 ½ cups beef stock
¼ cup tomato sauce
3 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsps malt vinegar
½ tsp Spanish smoked paprika
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped into sixths
2 tbsps flour

  1. Cut ribs into serving sized pieces. Coat meat evenly with mixture of flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Melt in a frying pan the grape seed oil and add ribs. Brown slowly on both sides.
  3. Preheat over to 180°C.
  4. While meat is browning, mix into stock the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, paprika, cloves, allspice, bay leaf and garlic.
  5. Put meat into roasting pan and pour stock mixture over browned ribs. Add onion to the pan.
  6. Cover and bake at 180°C for about 2 hours, or until ribs are tender.
  7. Remove ribs and onion from the pan and serve with any gravy left in the bottom.

Serve with roasted potatoes.

Serves 2-3.