This is a recipe where you can pretty much please yourself what you put in it, depending on what you have in your larder or refrigerator. It tastes good; it's economical and is often served at the end of the month when money is getting tight. Another advantage is that it usually tastes even better reheated the next day.
- 8 pork sausages, cut into about one inch wide pieces
- A few slices of bacon, chopped
- 1 large chopped onion
- Chopped carrots (optional)
- Any other chopped vegetables that you have
- 1 or 2 medium cans of chopped tomatoes
- 1 or 2 medium cans of baked beans
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup stock
- Chopped fresh or dried sage to taste (optional)
- Fry or grill (broil) the sausage pieces and bacon to brown. Place in a large pan.
- Fry the onions to brown and add to the sausage and bacon.
- Add the stock, tomatoes and baked beans (you might want to try just one can of each and then decide if you need to add more). Bring to the boil on the hob, reduce heat so that the hotpot is simmering.
- Add the seasoning, sage, and any other vegetables and more tomatoes and baked beans if needed.
- You can either transfer the hotpot to the oven, about 350 deg F (180 deg C), and cook for about 45 minutes or you can cook on the hob but you will need to stir it regularly to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes or slices of bread to dunk.
*Vegetarians can substitute vegetarian sausages for pork.