Sausages And Cheesy Leek Mash

[wcm_nonmember]<!– –><div style="text-align: center"><!– –><img src="" alt="" scale="0" style="max-width: 30%; margin-top: 20px"><!– –><!– –><h2><!– –>Unlock this Story<!– –></h2><!– –><p style="padding-bottom:25px"><!– –>Stories from the 'Bucket List' book are only available to members<!– –></p><!– –><a class="et_pb_button" background-color: #ffffff"<!– –>href="/product/digital-club-membership/">join the club</a><!– –></div><!– –><!– –>[/wcm_nonmember]<!– –><!– –>[wcm_restrict]<!– –><!– –><div class="page" title="Page 6"><!– –><div class="section"><!– –><div class="layoutArea"><!– –><div class="column"><!– –><!– –><p><b>Food has the ability to bring people together.</b> It’s what family gatherings centre around, it’s how friends catch up and it’s even the perfect way to cement a relationship. This dish is pretty special because it’s the dish that truly convinced Kerrie’s now husband, Mike, that he did not want to let her go. This is such a natural bucket list item: <b>cook for a loved one!</b></p><!– –><!– –><p>Her parents had gone out and she cooked sausage and mash for Mike. She remembers how his face lit up when he took the first bite of mash and realised it was not just plain mashed potatoes (don’t we all light up when cheese is added?). Now he wants Kerrie’s cheesy leek mash with everything.</p><!– –><!– –><p>Kerrie normally roasts the sausages in the oven as she likes them with a crisp skin. The potatoes are boiled with the leeks and then when ready combined with a splash of milk, a little butter and <b>as many different cheeses as possible</b> from her fridge; the best combination so far has been Cheddar, Gouda and more Cheddar. She finished off the dish with a simple gravy made with onions and pork stock, thickened with a mix of cornflour and water. That’s how her mum taught her and she’s put it to great use!</p><!– –><!– –><p>Now she cooks it at least once a month, especially when it’s cold or they feel like they need cheering up. It still brings a big smile to Mike’s face when he sees the ingredients on the shopping list.</p><!– –><!– –><p>Kerrie wants to keep improving the dish, so this recipe takes it to a whole new level by <b>gently frying the leeks</b> in the butter instead of simmering them with the potatoes. They go through the mash with a few extra cheeses in the form of Parmesan (for that salty kick) and a curve ball of cream cheese (which is going to be rich and creamy but will also add a bit of lightness). It’s a <b>big generous dish </b>with all the flavour and zero compromises! The only question is… will it pass the relationship test?</p><!– –><!– –></div><!– –></div><!– –></div><!– –></div><!– –><!– –>[/wcm_restrict]