You can tell this an 80s recipe by the lovely wooden bowl and spoon in the picture. Not convinced that the spoon would be much good for getting the casserole out of the bowl though. Think a more modern metal one would do a far better job.
Version One has the grand title Chicken Saute Au Gratin – a bit fancy really for chicken and mushroom topped with chips and cheese. Still as the tag at the bottom says it’s a great one for kids.
Version Two is not that much more sophisticated and should also be one kids love. Having just made a ‘pasta bake’ ie macaroni cheese for my grand-daughters, I really think this could also be called a pasta bake. Although I think I’d substitute whole milk for the evaporated milk for a better flavour.
Sausages have always been one of Mum’s favourite things and onion gravy makes them so much better. At age 98 she still loves them. I don’t think she ever used a recipe, but this one comes pretty close to how she made them, although I’m pretty sure she cooked the sausages in dripping not butter.
Did swagmen really make this out in the bush? I have no idea, but even if they didn’t it still makes a great hearty meal for the family. If you want you can easily add potato or other vegetables and I’d recommend leaving the meat mixture to cool a little before you put it on the puff pastry as hot meat will make the pastry soft and harder to handle.
Today, September 1st, is the first day of Spring in Australia so it seems fitting to post a recipe that is a side dish to have at a backyard barbecue. A good time as well to hope for lovely barbecuing weather in the months to come.