This is a very filling dish, containing meat, vegetables and rice. The great thing about this is YOU choose how long it must be cooked.
Maybe, you want dinner on the table within 2 hours (from start to serving) or you quickly want to put it together, pop into the oven and do something else for 3 hours ... or 5 hours ?? Without the need to check on it .. If you work close to your house - slip away at lunchtime, layer --> oven, go back to work and when you get home your meal is cooked ;-)
We never have any leftovers - you might want to add a salad on the side, but it's really not necessary .. check out the recipe and decide whether you want to add anything else !
* I usually use Boerewors (South African Sausage), but have made it before with chicken, pork sausages and even lamb rib chops.
I've also played around with the vegetables - used green beans, carrots, with the apple and without, mixed vegetables ... the possibilities are endless.
500g Baby Potatoes, peeled and sliced (about 3mm thick)
2 Onions, cut into rings
2 Apples, cored, peeled and cut into slices
500g Butternut, cubed
1 TB Butter or Margarine
1 1/2 cups Rice, raw
Salt & Pepper
1kg Sausage (I used Boerewors - see my note above for variations)*
400ml Beef stock
Special note on pre-heating of the oven : I explained above this dish can be cooked in the oven for different times - Take your pick from here : To bake for 1 1/2 hours 180 deg C (350 deg F) - 3 hours 160 deg C (325 deg F) or - 5 hours 100 deg C (210 deg F).
1.) Pre-heat oven to your preferred degree/time. Spray a large oven dish (with a lid) with cooking oil.
2.) Saute the Onion rings in the Butter/Margarine until soft and light brown. Set aside.
3.) Place the Rice on the bottom of the oven dish, add half of the onion rings on top, add all the apples and arrange evenly over the onion rings, now place half of the potatoes in a single layer and season with Salt & Pepper, rest of the Onion rings next, followed by the remaining potatoes - season lightly again. Add all of the Butternut, spreading to cover the potatoes, ...again, slightly season.
4.) Cut the Sausages (or other meat) into pieces and add on top of all the vegetables.
5.) Gently pour the Beef stock over the meat.
6.) Place in the oven - use your preferred oven temperature/time.