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Boxing Day brunch, New Year buffets, Christmas Eve supper. Make MOR of your festive menu.

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Boxing Day brunch, New Year buffets, Christmas Eve supper. Make MOR of your festive menu.

Three party buffets, two family dinners, one huge feast… Take the stress out of festive entertaining with four brand new MOR recipes.

You’ve got Christmas Day sorted with an enormous turkey, all the trimmings, and a resplendent Christmas pudding. But what about the rest of the holiday? With all the shopping lists, entertaining, and seemingly endless bubbling pans, it can sometimes be a bit hard to stay jolly over the festive period – especially when your mealtime inspiration (and the Prosecco) runs dry.

Fortunately, MOR has you covered. Using our unique MOR Sausage range, we’ve created four exciting new recipes sure to keep everybody happy. And, seeing as we make our sausages with delicious blends of great quality meat, vegetables, grains, herbs and spices, we’ve even managed to sneak in a little added goodness, too.

For Boxing Day brunch whip up our Spiced Sausage Shakshuka, then bake the Sausage, Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Tart for a New Year’s Eve buffet dinner. The Sausage & Super Green Veg Cassoulet is a rich, comforting dish that’s great for cosying up around the fire on Christmas Eve, while our Mediterranean Chicken Chipolata Gnocchi is exactly the supper you need to recover once the whole thing’s done and dusted.

The best part? If we had to choose one, it’d be the cost; every delicious recipe’s between £1 and £3.50 per serving. Music to your ears after another pricey Christmas.

Find the recipes below. To learn more about our range of sausages, available exclusively in Tesco, visit www.morfood.co.uk.

 

Boxing Day Shakshuka

Our version of the hugely popular Middle Eastern egg dish uses Moroccan-spiced pork sausages to make a perfectly flavoursome brunch ideal for Boxing Day morning. Add an extra garlic clove and a few chilli flakes if you like things spicier (or if you need a little boost to recover from the excesses of Christmas Day…).

Serves: 6

Cost per serving: £1.14

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Our version of the hugely popular Middle Eastern egg dish uses Moroccan-spiced pork sausages to make a perfectly flavoursome brunch ideal for Boxing Day morning. Add an extra garlic clove and a few chilli flakes if you like things spicier (or if you need a little boost to recover from the excesses of Christmas Day…).

Ingredients

  • 1 pack MOR Moroccan Spiced Pork, Cauliflower & Chickpea Sausages
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 x 400g tinned tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

To serve

  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley or coriander

Method

  1. Begin by grilling the sausages as per pack instructions, until deliciously golden brown.
  2. While the sausages are cooking, take a large sauté pan, drizzle with oil and fry the peppers and onion for 6 to 7 minutes (until they’ve softened nicely).
  3. Add the crushed garlic and spices and cook for a further 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until bubbling. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Take the cooked sausages and place them in the sauce, leaving space between them. Now crack an egg between each sausage. Scatter over the tomato wedges.
  5. Cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes, making sure to baste the eggs with some of the tomato juice.  If you’d rather, just cover the pan with a lid and finish cooking the dish in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. To finish, sprinkle over the herbs – then tuck in.

Chef’s tips:

  • Have extra fresh tomatoes in your fridge? Grab 5, dice, and use them instead of the tinned tomatoes.
  • If you like your sauce a little richer, try adding a tablespoon of tomato purée.  
  • For an extra kick (and a brunch that’s sure to wake you up) amp up the garlic or throw in some chilli flakes or powder.
  • With a few extras, shakshuka also makes a hearty evening meal. Just add a handful of kale to the tomatoes and sprinkle over some feta before serving.

 

New Year’s Eve Puff Pastry Tart

There’s something so scrumptiously comforting about sausages wrapped in crisp, puff pastry. Add to this crumbly goat’s cheese, caramelised onion chutney and cooked, sweet baby beetroots to make an mmm-inducing tart perfect for a buffet supper on New Year’s Eve.

Serves: 6

Cost per serving: £1.63

Preparation time: 6 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 packet MOR Pork, Beetroot & Bramley Apple Sausages
  • 250g puff pastry
  • 2 medium red onions, (300g) thickly sliced
  • 2 cooked baby beetroots, coarsely grated
  • 100g goat’s cheese
  • 2 tbsp caramelised onion chutney
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Basil leaves for garnish

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll out the puff pastry into a 25cm x 24cm piece, trimming the edges with a sharp knife.
  3. Score a 2.5cm border from the edge of the pastry, then use a fork to prick all over the pastry on the inside of the border. Leave the pastry to rest in the refrigerator on a baking sheet covered in cling film.
  4. While the pastry’s resting, cook the sausages as per pack instructions, until they are a lovely light golden brown.
  5. Gently fry the sliced onion in the rapeseed oil for 10 minutes until softened (but not browned).
  6. Next add the grated beetroot to the softened onion and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.  
  7. Take the pastry from the fridge, spread the chutney up to the border line, and top with the onion, beetroot mix and sausages.
  8. Place in the oven and cook for 18 to 20 minutes. When the pastry’s perfectly risen and golden brown, it’s ready to go.
  9. Using oven gloves, carefully turn the tart onto a serving plate. Crumble over the goat’s cheese and garnish with a few fresh basil leaves.
  10. Slice into 6 pieces and there – you’re done! Tarts are easy when you don’t mind cheating a little on the pastry.

Chef’s tips:

  • If you don’t fancy goat’s cheese, feta or mozzarella work just as well.
  • For a bigger bite, swap the goat’s cheese and basil for blue cheese and walnuts.

 

Christmas Eve Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a French comfort food, a rich dish that’s both super filling and full of tasty vegetables – perfect on Christmas Eve with warm, crusty bread and roaring fire.  To fill seriously hungry bellies, sift through your cupboard for extra cannellini, red kidney or flageolet beans.  

Serves: 3

Cost per serving: £3.31

Preparation time: 6 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 packet MOR Pork, Super Green Veg & Lentil Sausages
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g can mixed beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1x 125g can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 150g puy lentils, cooked
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 100mls vegetable stock
  • 300mls white wine
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Whilst the oven is warming, cook the sausages according to pack instructions for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
  2. In another pan fry the celery, onion and carrots for 15 minutes in the rapeseed oil.
  3. Now add the garlic and fry for a further minute.
  4. Next add in the tomatoes, hot stock and white wine and heat for 3 to 4 minutes, until it is all gently simmering.
  5. Now stir in the beans and lentils and transfer into a casserole dish, along with the sausages.
  6. Pop this in the pre-heated oven and cook for 30 minutes to allow all the delicious flavours to infuse.
  7. Finally remove from the oven and add salt, pepper and the freshly chopped parsley. Serve proudly.

Chef’s tips:

  • You can use any canned beans you like, or add even more to make the dish go further.  
  • Cassoulet’s often eaten with no sides at all, but if you’d like something to go with it try a crisp, green salad or crusty bread.

Me-Time Gnocchi

On chilly evenings, there’s nothing better than a warming bowl of creamy gnocchi – and a little goes a long way. We’ve made ours using MOR Mediterranean Chicken, Sundried & Basil Chipolatas, spinach, and a cheesy tomato sauce. It’s super simple, and just what you need to recover once the chaos of Christmas is over.

Serves: 4

Cost per serving: £2.39

Preparation time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 pack MOR Mediterranean Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Basil Chipolatas
  • 200g frozen spinach, or 125g of fresh spinach
  • 1 x 500g packet chilled gnocchi
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 125g mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Basil leaves

Method

  1. Grill the chipolatas as per pack instructions until they’re a nice, even colour. Once cooked pop them into an oven proof serving dish.
  2. Place the frozen spinach (or fresh if you’d prefer) together with the tinned tomatoes into a pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Next add the mascarpone and heat until bubbling. Stir in a handful of the fresh basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the gnocchi for a speedy 4 minutes. Drain the water away and stir the gnocchi into the creamy sauce.
  4. Finally pour the whole mixture over the sausages and sprinkle over the parmesan. Serve immediately.

Chef’s tips:

  • If you’re not keen on mascarpone, try this with cream cheese instead.
  • Any full-flavoured, mature cheese works just perfectly – you needn’t use parmesan.
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