It’s finally autumn and I’m so happy! I’ve been waiting for that crisp breeze, those crunchy leaves, enormous scarves and most of all… the food!
You can’t eat stew in the summer, it warms you up too much. But as soon as September hits I’m ready. Yummy root veg and tasty meat in a good gravy AND it’s nutritious and full of vitamins, it’s a real winner for me!
It’s so easy to make and you can change it up with what meat you use and whatever veg you have in the fridge!
- 6 low fodmap sausages (these sausages are excellent and low fodmap)
- 2 spring onions (green tops only)
- 1/2 medium swede
- 3 parsnips
- 3 carrots
- 3 medium potatoes
- Enough low fodmap stock to cover the stew – I’ve just discovered these low fodmap stock cubes which are great!
- 1 glass of red wine (optional)
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- Salt and pepper to taste
Brown the sausages in a pan, then remove and slice into chunks. We’re only browning them here so there’s no need for them to be cooked through as they will be cooked in the stew.
Peel and chop up all of the veg and finely slice the spring onion.
Tip the veg and sausages into a deep, large pan or slow cooker and pour in the rest of the ingredients.
If using a pan, simmer on a low heat for 1-1 ½ hours or until the veg is soft.
If using a slow cooker, leave for 3 to four hours.
Now gravy is a very important piece of my happiness pie. There’s no such thing as too much gravy and the idea of a dry roast dinner is just wrong. Wrong.
But since going low fodmap, gravy is pretty much out of bounds.
Most people make it using flour as a thickener or granules for their quick gravy fix. But due to the wheat content (and usually the onion or garlic powder mixed in) this is a no no for us fodmappers.
But I have a solution! My dad always made gravy for our Sunday roast using a bit of stock, the meat juices and some cornflour. You could really taste the true flavour of that meaty goodness. It was (and still is) delicious and more importantly low fodmap!
For my recipe, I’ve added a splash of wine and a knob of butter for a bit of extra richness, not that I’m trying to improve on perfection!
Now you never have to suffer a dry roast again!
- 500ml low fodmap stock (there’s a recipe for this a few blog posts down)
- Meat juices if you’re cooking a roast (optional – leave out if veggie)
- A splash of red or white wine (optional – red for red meats, white for white meats)
- A knob of butter
- 1tbsp cornflour
Optional: depending on the flavour I want I sometimes add a teaspoon of tomato purée or yeast extract to give a richer flavour. (If you buy the shop’s own brand yeast extract it’s usually barley free but branded marmite isn’t low fodmap).
- Pour stock, wine and meat juices into a saucepan ( I prefer a wide, shallow saucepan as it helps the gravy reduce faster) and simmer until slightly reduced. You can reduce the wine first but as we’re only adding a splash it’s not too important.
- Mix the cornflour with 2-3 tbsp of water and mix until lump free. Don’t worry too much about quantities as you can always add a bit more if your gravy isn’t thick enough.
- Wait until the stock has reduced slightly and is simmering then pour in the cornflour mixture whilst continuously stirring to avoid lumps. It’s important that the stock is hot enough otherwise the cornflour won’t be absorbed.
Melt in a small knob of butter for richness then serve!
I’ve never been brussels sprouts’ biggest fan, I’ve tried every Christmas to enjoy them but always end up leaving them to go cold on my plate. Boiling sprouts in a pan just isn’t conductive to great flavour, so this year I decided to try and make them a little more appealing and I’ve ended up falling in love with them! Now I would happily eat them all year round (never thought I’d be saying that!) and this recipe is a great way to use up left over gravy or stock.
500g brussels sprouts, peeled and halved
3-4 rashers of bacon, cut up into small pieces
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
A knob of butter for frying
A pint of pre-made gravy or stock, quite weak as the flavour will intensify as it reduces
Melt the butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Put in the chopped up bacon and fry gently until it’s very crispy, then add the brussels sprouts and garlic. Fry softly until the sprouts start to brown slightly then pour over the gravy until it just covers the sprouts. Simmer until the sprouts are soft and the gravy has reduced into a glaze which coats the sprouts evenly.
Serve alongside your Sunday roast or with the left overs the next day!