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    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Sausage, Pumpkin and Mushroom Bake - Can't eat Pasta? - Use Kumera Chips

    Let’s Eat what We Have
    It was a very cold day and the thought of going out to buy supplies was not on the agenda
    So...I opened the fridge

    There were some chicken sausages, not really enough to feed 5 people
    So I surfed the net

    There are a couple of food issues currently in the family
    Someone is keeping away from wheat
    So the dish I was going to make was a Penne Bake

    So I substituted Penne for cooked Kumera Chips
    Just lightly roasted
    And by the way This is good for a Gluten Free diet
    I grabbed a pumpkin out of the garden
    Turned it into Pumpkin Purée
    Just cut into pieces, bring to the boil and simmer till tender
    Remove skin and blend till it is smooth
    Season with S & P to taste
    I had mushrooms
    Onions, garlic, herbs
    Great let’s go

    So I peeled the kumera, cut into chip size
    Toss with oil, season with Salt and Pepper
    roast in 180C oven for about 10 minutes
    Don't overcook them, you want them to stay in shape, not turn to mush

    So you need
    200 gms chopped mushrooms
    400 gms Chicken Sausages
    3 tablespoons butter
    1 large onion chopped
    2 cloves garlic minced 
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
    1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    2 cups pumpkin puree
    1 cup grated Gruyere Cheese (you can use cheddar)
    1/2 cup cream
    Sea salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
    500 gms Kumera chips or of course penne pasta
    1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

     In a frying pan cook the sausage till just brown

    Cool and slice diagonally, set aside
    Add a tablespoon olive oil
    add mushrooms season with Salt and pepper and cook till brown
    Meanwhile in another pan
    Melt butter and saute onion and garlic
    Till translucent about 10 minutes
    Add sage and grated nutmeg
    Transfer to a big bowl
    add pumpkin, sausage, mushroom, cream, Gruyere Cheese
    Taste and season with S & P if needed

    Add cooked chips to sauce
    Pre-heat oven to 180C

    Transfer mix to a greased gratin dish,
    Top with grated Parmesan
    Bake for about 30 minutes till bubbling
    Whoops I forgot to take the photo, when I removed the dish from the oven
    The Greedies couldn't wait
    I served with Baby Bok Choy
    I normally associate Baby Bok Choy with Asian Food
    but if you cook it this way, it goes perfectly with other flavours

    For 5 people
    1/8 cup unsalted butter
    2 cloves garlic minced
    3 Bok Choy washed thoroughly and cut in half
    1 cup chicken stock

    In a large frypan melt butter
    Add Garlic, season with S & P
    Cook till garlic fragrant but but not brown
    Lay bok choy in pan
    Gently saute, turning once
    add chicken stock and cook till bok choy is tender
    Turn occasionally
    It will take about about 8 minutes
    It's a new basic in our house

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