I think you’re supposed to make these for kids parties, but with a bit of luck there’s some left over for the adults. They’re best using cocktail frankfurts, but you can use chipolata sausages if you prefer.
Winter is only four days away here in Victoria, so it’s time to start thinking of hearty winter casseroles. The combination of tomato sauce, vinegar, curry powder and brown sugar in this recipe reminds me of another one I make, which has pumpkin instead of the potato in it. The good thing with this recipe is that you probably have all the ingredients in the cupboard so it can be a last minute decision to make it.
Tomato sauce and cheese on toast has been a well loved favourite in Mum’s and my households for years. Mum also used to make a little afternoon tea/supper snack that was cheese and bacon on toast, but this recipe combines them both. Personally I’m not sure about the garlic, but after finding this recipe I’m now going to give the sauce, cheese and bacon a go.
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.
It’s winter and what could be better for a family meal than an old style lamb casserole. This one needs very little preparation, just trim the chops, coat them in flour, chop up an onion put the lot in a casserole dish and cover with the combined flavorings. Put the dish in the oven and forget it for 2 hours while you get on with all the other things you need to do after a long day at work.
I’m not too sure when Oven Bags first came on the scene, but the first I knew of them was when my mother-in-law started using them in the ’70s. This recipe comes from a sheet put out by the manufacturers of Tiger Oven Bags. It’s an unusual way to cook frankfurts, but I actually think they may taste OK.
Mum’s friend Thel must have made this recipe using sausages, but from the handwritten title Mum must thought it was best with meatballs. I don’t think it matters which one you use, it tastes good with either.
SAUCE FOR MEATBALLS/SAUSAGES
Cook sausages or meatballs. Fry onions in oil until softened, stir in mustard, tomato sauce, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, fruit sauce or chutney. Simmer 2-3 minutes. Mix cornflour with water, add till boiling and thickened, cover then add sausages or meatballs. Meatball recipe: minced steak, 1 tablespoon cooked rice, onion, curry powder.
My and Dad played cards regularly with Mena and her husband Les. Supper was always served at the end of the night and I think this simple snack was a one of their favourites.
Mix all together, spread on bread and bake until brown.
I’ve been making these for years, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a recipe for them before. I think Mum just told me what to do and they are so quick and easy no recipe was needed. You can use chicken instead of steak if you like, but the juice from the meat makes the French Onion Soup taste better. Be warned it’s very hard to resist licking the foil when you’ve unwrapped them…………..