Slow Cooked Sausage Casserole

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Sausage Casserole

My dad and I used to watch a programme called Neighbours when I lived at home. It was a soap opera about the lives of a small community of people living in sunny suburban Australia. At one point, it seemed that every time a neighbour or friend had a crisis they would make a sausage casserole. My dad and I used to joke that we knew a climax was coming when one of the actors started making a casserole. So when I’m making this dish for my family it brings back amusing memories  for me.

Casserole sadly did not originate in Australia (that would have been a good link) but in France. The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel and the way it is cooked as well. The casserole is a deep round earthernware pot with slanting sides and a lid. The traditional home of the casserole is in a region of France called Languedoc. The towns of Toulouse, Carcassonne and Castelnaudary especially all claim to be where the dish originated.

For our Sausage Casserole I used a slow cooker but I have included a recipe for the oven as well. Although, for those of you that read this blog regularly I recommend investing in a slow cooker. Slow cooked food is so good for you and this recipe is so tasty in the slow cooker. We bought gluten free sausages from a local company but any type of sausage will do. Plus I used potatoes instead of haricot or canellini beans. It’s not a traditional French casserole but it’s delicious. Well worth a try.

Serves 4

Equipment needed

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Slow cooker
    • or : Frying pan, stirring spoon and deep dish with lid
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon

Ingredients

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Sausage Casserole

  • Sausages x 8 – 12 (Gluten free optional)
  • Potatoes x 800g
  • Beef stock x 500mls
  • Tinned tomatoes x 2 400g
  • Leek x 1 large
  • Garlic x 2 cloves
  • Red pepper x 1
  • Yellow pepper x 1
  • Courgettes x 2
  • Green Beans
  • Dried herbs du provence or mixed herbs x 1 tsp
  • Smoked paprika
  • Tomato puree x 1 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for frying pan

Method for slow cooker

  • Start by peeling and chopping the garlic and put into the slow cooker pot.
  • Next slice the leek, peppers and courgette.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into 2 cm pieces.
  • Place all the vegetables into the slow cooker.
  • Pour over the beef stock and tinned tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle over the herbs du provence or mixed herbs, smoked paprika and add in the tomato puree.
  • Add the salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Stir the dish.
  • Lay the sausages on top of the sauce.
  • Put the slow cooker on low for eight hours or on high for four hours.
  • Thirty minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the lid, add in the green beans, stir them round and put the lid back on again.
  • Now all you have to do is check the sausages are cooked and serve. Enjoy!

Method for the oven

  • Preheat the oven to 180° and put the deep dish with lid into the oven to preheat.
  • Start by peeling and chopping the garlic.
  • Next slice the leek, peppers and courgette.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into 2 cm pieces.
  • Put the frying pan on a medium to high heat.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil in the bottom of the frying pan and brush with the plastic brush.
  • Once hot, add in the sliced leek and fry until it begins to soften.
  • Add in the garlic, peppers and courgettes.
  • Continue frying until the vegetables become slightly soft.
    • It should take around five minutes.
  • Pour over the beef or chicken stock and add in the tomatoes.
  • Stir the potatoes and green beans into the mixture.
  • Sprinkle over the herbs du provence or mixed herbs, smoked paprika and add in the tomato puree.
  • Add the salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Stir the ingredients together.
  • Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for a few minutes.
  • Carefully remove the deep dish from the oven and take the lid off if on.
  • Pour the mixture from the frying pan into the deep dish.
  • Lay the sausages on top of the mixture and place the lid back on.
  • Put the dish in the oven for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Once cooked, remove the dish from the oven and serve. Enjoy!
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Sausage Casserole

Slow Cooked Sausage Casserole is a great dish for the weekend or even a mid week meal. If you have a busy Saturday or you are busy during the week it’s great to be able to leave your dinner cooking in the slow cooker. Sausages with my little family are always a favourite so this dish was soon eaten in this house. Clean plates all round again. As always, however you decide to eat this dish, enjoy!