Vegan Mofo: Bacon and Apricot Casserole

I started Mofo with one of my favourite outdated cookbooks, Cooking with Colmans where I recreated the Ham and Mustard Moulds. I had to come back to this book, especially as those Ham and Mustard Moulds have been one of my most popular posts throughout Mofo.

There was a lot to choose from in this book. Who knew you could add mustard to so many things? I decided to choose a recipe that would push my boundaries a bit (because clearly I’ve not been doing enough of that recently…) so it may seem fairly ‘normal’ to some of you, but to me was a challenge. I went for the Bacon and Apricot Casserole. I hate fruit in savoury things. Honestly the worst thing you can put in front of me is couscous with raisins in it. Jesus, why would you do that? But anyway, let’s give those apricots a chance, eh?

Bacon and Apricot Casserole
A tasty filling, winter or summer casserole
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 Fry’s slicing sausage, chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • sprinkling of mixed herbs
  • 100g dried apricots, sliced.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and sausage for about 5 minutes until browned.
  3. Stir in the flour and stock, stirring until thickened.
  4. Add the mustard, mixed herbs and apricots. Transfer to a casserole dish and cook for 30-45 minutes
Serves 4

Maybe my experiences of casserole are different to everyone elses, but is there such thing as a summer casserole? I associate casseroles with cold nights, rain pattering on our windows and me feeling really smug as I spoon my warm, comforting casserole into my gob. Am I right?
That aside, I was pleasantly surprised by this dish. I cannot believe I tolerated the apricots in this, it was strangely sweet but it was tasty too. Also I love that the mustard didn’t ruin this like it did with the moulds! Thanks Colman’s!

Speaking of challenging myself, I had to stop myself from trying to jump through my computer screen when I saw these Cloud 9 Pancakes over at Vegan Heritage Press and these uhhmazing Meatballs with Gravy by Tofu Mom

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6 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Bacon and Apricot Casserole

  1. fruit in savoury dishes makes me gag too, there's this 'Australian' dish called apricot chicken which is as vile as it sounds. When I lived in Europe I had to give up on a lot of Indian places because they'd put things like canned fruit mix (grapes, raisins) in curries. It's like Harry and Voldemort, some things must never meet cos bad shit will happen. Glad you liked your meal though!

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  2. I mostly don't mind fruit in savoury dishes, but I prefer it to be a bit of the tart side (so apricots and golden raisins) and not too overpowering.
    I have seem some summer 'casseroles' but they are more like gratins that are filled with spring or summer vegetables to be all fresh and colourful.
    Otherwise I definitely think of casseroles as more wintery food, but that doesn't stop me eating them all year round (especially as in summer my mother keeps the house frosty due to her air conditioning addiction).

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  3. Recently, I tried a bean dish with peaches in it and it was awful. Really awful. This looks like it could be okay, though.

    Thanks for sticking it out through MoFo. This has been a great series. Plus, you saved me from purchasing a copy of Tofu Goes West. Whew!!

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  4. I'm always a bit iffy on the fruit/savory thing too. I can get into though, and somehow I can see that mustard would be nice in this combo. I use mustard all the time in all sorts of way. Mustard is great.

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