Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Sausage Casserole

Since it is Sunday, I'm sharing a one pot dish for a Sunday brunch.  It has all your favorite breakfast ingredients in it.

Sunday Sausage Casserole

4 pork sausages (can substitute beef if you don’t like pork or use Polish Kielbasa sausage)
1 pound potatoes
1/2 pound carrots
1/2 bell pepper
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs  (1 tsp. basil and ½ tsp. oregano if you don’t have Italian herbs mix)
1/2 cup chicken broth
4 tbs. balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and pepper

The original recipe calls for fennel but it is not available locally so I dropped it from the recipe.  You can add it if you can pick it up or drop any of the ingredients you wish and keep it simple.  

Fry sausage until it is lightly brown.  You do not cook it all the way through because they will cook more in the casserole.  Cut the sausage into pieces.  Set it aside.

Peel potatoes (or leave skins on if you like) and cut up into large bite size pieces.  Clean and cut up carrots so they are the same size as the potatoes.  Cut your onion in half and then into wedges for large bite size pieces.  Cut your pepper in half and clean out seed.  Cut into wedges also.

Use a big bowl to combine the oil with the Italian herbs, chopped garlic, and chicken broth.  Pour this over your veggies and toss them together.  Salt and pepper veggies.

Cover the tray with aluminum foil and pop it in a preheated oven. Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes the potatoes and vegetables should be fork tender. Test them and if they’re not, cover the tray with the foil and pop them back in the oven for a few more minutes. If they are fork tender, place the sausages in there and pour the balsamic vinegar all over. Place the tray back in the oven, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes.

Take it out after 15 minutes, flip over those sausages and ladle some of the juices from the bottom all over the vegetables and sausages.  Taste for seasoning and if needed salt and pepper again.   Put it back in the oven for the remaining time (30 minutes), until everything is nice and brown.

Hope you have a blessed Sunday.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours. 

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