Hillbilly hash

Tonight’s delectable delight is a dish referred to by my son as Hillbilly Hash, which is the dinner equivalent of the end-of-the-month Salticrax. You have to be South African to know that this means a plain cracker with no topping, compared to the payday Salticrax which has cream cheese, a prawn and a touch of caviar!

Despite the name, I can enjoy Hillbilly Hash on any day of the month, as it takes about 15 minutes to prepare and cook. Ideal for the busy hiker, who may or may not have had a substantial lunch after such hike and needs little in the way of supper. The ingredients are simple pantry necessities and the only thing you may not have are the pork sausages.

Enough high-quality pork sausages to feed 4 people – cut into little pieces and fry in butter or oil until browned. Remove and set aside, then add one large chopped onion to pan drippings and saute until transparent. Add two finely chopped tomatoes or one tin of same, plenty of garlic, chilli or herbs or all three, salt and black pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Return the sausage to the pan, add a tin of baked beans and heat through. Sticks to the palate so great comfort food, and goes well with creamy mashed potatoes and even a wobbly egg on top!

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