One of the group’s other admin (Miki) posted this recipe and I couldn’t resist trying it out. The leek isn’t original – celerey being called for instead – but I wanted to take advantage of the cheap veg on offer at Aldi. The paprika was also an addition of mine, just because it goes so well with all things smoked. Hearty enough for a winter’s evening and light enough to eat during warmer weather, I’d go so far as to say that this is one of my very favourite meals.
I’ve listed two sets of prices – the ones included in this week’s Aldi Super Six (correct as of 02/04/2015), and those from Tesco via Mysupermarket.
2 cloves of garlic – 5p
1 onion – 16p
1 leek – 15p (Aldi)/43p (Tesco)
1 carrot – 4p (Aldi)/8p (Tesco)
2 potatoes – 2p (Aldi)/4p (Tesco)
1 smoked sausage/ 1/2 a Mattessons round – 82p *See notes
Half a pack of kale – 33p (currently on offer – would usually cost 50p)
1 tbsp Paprika (optional) – 2p
1 stock cube – 2p
These quantities fed two adults and a toddler with a good appetite!
Total for Aldi: £1.61 – roughly 80p each for two very hungry adults. More like 70p each and 20p for the child…
Total for Tesco: £1.95 – roughly 98p each for two very hungry adults. Let’s say 80p each and 35p for the child…
Mince/finely chop the garlic, then cut your veg into bite-sized chunks. Chop the sausage into rounds. Fry off the sausage, garlic and paprika (if you’re using it) for two minutes before adding the rest of the veg except the kale. Add the stock cube and enough water to just cover the contents of your pan. When your veg is tender, throw in the kale and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.
For the sausage I used Tesco’s ‘Krakus Podwawelska Coarse Cooked & Smoked Pork Sausages’ – these come in a pack of two from the Polish meats section and cost £2.99 at the moment (until 07/04/2015 – they usual cost £3.75). Half a Mattessons round does the job just as well though and is a fraction of the price – I just had a Clubcard voucher for the other variety 😉
Don’t be disheartened by the high price of this meal – try it now while things are on sale, and try it out using different veg – up the carrots, down the leeks (try it out with Miki’s original celery – it’s delicious!). Besides, at 70p per head, you’ve still got space in your budget for a breakfast of porridge and a lunch of cheese on toast, possibly even with a snack too.
What’s your favourite stew-veg combo?
— Farn ❤