As the winter weather persists, many a hard-working individual has come home on a weekday evening and longed for a simple, hearty meal. This sausage casserole ticks all the boxes – it’s easy to prepare, it’s best eaten after being piled into a bowl which will warm your hands nicely, and it’s got enough in the way of vegetables to keep your immune system going with a dose of vitamins. The optional spice can banish a cold and help to warm you even more, and as it’s cooked in a pan on the hob, you won’t have to wait too long to eat.
Choosing Your Sausages
Before we get down to the recipe, a quick note on sausages. The variety you choose will shape the flavor of your casserole, so be careful. A spicier edge can be added by picking a well-aged chorizo, which will offer a paprika flavored hit. Whatever sausage you choose, stay clear of delicate herbs such as sage and definitely avoid those packed with apple. Strong tastes rule this dish.
Guest Post By: Thomas James is a freelance blogger and food lover who’s always enjoyed a tasty casserole!
- 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 - 3 sausages or 60 grams chorizo
- 1.5 - 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- Beef stock
- Hot sauce optional
Heat oil in a large saucepan over a moderate heat whilst preparing your vegetables. Dice the onion finely and cut the pepper into strip or chunks. Crush the garlic clove and add it all to the pan, frying until slightly softened.
Cut the sausage into chunks. Some may prefer to remove the skins by slicing down the length of the meat with the tip of a knife and peeling it away - I prefer to leave it on as it helps to keep the meat together in the pan. Put the sausage on to fry.
After a few minutes, when the sausage has browned a little, add the chopped tomatoes. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer gently. If you’d rather eat sooner than later, don’t make up your stock - simply crumble the cube directly into the pan. By the time you’re done cooking, you’ll have stirred the casserole enough to have completely dissolved the stock.
Peel and chop your potatoes, parboiling them before adding them to the mix. If you leave them to cook with the casserole, you could be waiting a while!
Optionally, add your favorite hot sauce to taste. I find that a splash enhances the meaty goodness, alongside the heat. For a delicious smoky flavor, add a generous helping of chipotle hot sauce.
Once the tomato-based sauce has reduced to an appropriate consistency, serve in a large bowl and consume on a comfy sofa with a spoon.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g