Time to start using up those four sausages I thought to myself as soon as I got out of bed this morning. I wanted to try a recipe that I had read about in my Victory Cookbook and in the Food Facts book. It's called by various names, usually either Pigs in Clover or Potato Piglets. Whatever you call it it's very simple and as you can see from the ingredients above it requires just one sausage and one potato per person that you are serving.
And a cup of coffee always goes down well when you are planning your menu.
Oh, and while my sausage thawed out, I remembered to photograph my porridge breakfast this time. 😀
For my lunch I warmed up the other portion of yesterdays lentil soup and had it with the last of the croutons.
The recipe for Pigs in Clover is so simple it's barely a recipe at all.
Simply take one baking potato and one sausage for each person and using an apple corer ... or a potato peeler in my case, as I haven't got an apple corer anymore ... make a hole right through the centre of the potato and push the sausage through. Wrap the stuffed potato in foil and bake in a moderate oven for around an hour, or until your potato is soft to the touch. Serve on a bed of lightly steamed and buttered cabbage.
Now I adapted this a little bit to suit modern times, I thawed out the Linda McCartney frozen sausage and to save on power, something that would have been approved on during the war, I used Alan's microwave to zap the potato for five minutes to speed up the cooking time.
This was absolutely delicious as it was, but after eating it and planning to make it again I was thinking of all the other ways to serve a Pig in Clover. With gravy for a start, and perhaps with a portion of sage and onion stuffing for a small Sunday lunch type meal, or perhaps on a hot day with a side of coleslaw and a sliced tomato. All variations that would fit in with wartime rationing or with modern eating habits.
A very tasty wartime recipe and one that I will definitely be keeping in my repertoire.
I really fancy that recipe and am wondering what else could be shoved in the hole and we certainly have a load of potatoes at the moment. Yesterday we bought a 12.5 kilo bag and set to peeling, we made loads of mash, roasties and chips all for the freezer ,then started on a bag of windfall apples that we had been given making spiced apple chutney and stewed apple, today making a cheese and apple pie and an apple cake ,all peeled out !!! The smell of chutney cooking I find so nostalgic and making all these things from free apples and really cheap potatoes is so satisfying and wartime cooking friendly !ReplyDelete
I think made up stuffing mix could also be put into the hole, or perhaps some nice firm cheese ... if you plugged the hole well at each end so it didn't all run out as it melted. If you eat meat, you could plug it with any already cooked meat ... or go proper wartime friendly and use Spam.Delete
It sounds like you have had a proper peel-a-thon, you must have had aching fingers!! Free apples and cheap potatoes would have seemed like you'd won a prize in the rationing years.
That's such a clever idea. Thanks. xxReplyDelete
It's so simple too isn't it, I think that's what made me want to try it, and I'm so glad I did.Delete
What a simple but effective idea (although it made me think of John and Scotch Eggs!)ReplyDelete
I like the sound of serving it with coleslaw and tomato. x
That's funny I thought of John too, it's almost like a reverse Scotch egg isn't it. I thought of the coleslaw idea when I got to the centre of my cabbage and decided to save a little bit of it for just that purpose.Delete
That's a very interesting recipe, I love jacket potatoes any day of the weekReplyDelete
Alison in Wales x
They are just made for this time of year aren't they. :-)Delete
Must try that recipe-I usually cook baked potatoes in the Remoska so I’ll give it a try with some beans. CatrionaReplyDelete
Yes, I zap things in Alan's microwave and then finish them off in the Remoska. I honestly think that the Remoska is my best ever kitchen gadget. We've got one each now as I'm using the one I bought for the caravan when I lived there, and Alan is using the original.Delete