Lazy Sunday Casserole

I love to try new recipes, and most often, my favorites are ones that use ingredients I already have on hand. This recipe, in particular, uses a ton of root vegetables. We always have sausage in the freezer (yay, Costco), and the only ingredient we had to go out and get was the fennel. Great winter meal, highly recommended. Paul absolutely loved it, and we plan on making it again.

Lazy Sunday Casserole

Lazy Sunday Casserole
recipe courtesy Kayotic Kitchen

Ingredients:
4 sausages (beef or pork)
1 pound potatoes
1/2 pound carrots
1/2 bell pepper
1 large onion
1 fennel bulb
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp oil
freshly cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
1/2 cup chicken broth
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Directions:

Peel the potatoes, wash them and cut each potato in four pieces.

Peel one large or two smaller onions and cut them in wedges.

Remove the base and stalks of the fennel, and turn that one into wedges as well. Looks so fresh green.

Red is good. Red is really good. Slice 1/2 to 1 bell pepper in strips.

Place everything in a big roasting tray. I cheated and bought pre-grated and pre-cut carrots *hangs head in shame*.

Use a big bowl to combine the oil with the Italian herbs, grated or chopped garlic, and chicken broth.

Pour this witches’ brew all over your veggies and toss them around a bit.

Season with a generous amount of salt (kosher salt would be great) and cracked black pepper.

Cover the tray with aluminum foil and pop it in a preheated oven. Bake at 450F (225C) for 45 minutes.

That gives you plenty time to brown the sausages. No need to cook them all the way through, just lightly brown them.

Slice each sausage in half. I’ve used half pork/ half beef sausages btw. You can also use Italian sausage or any type of flavored sausage.

After 45 minutes the potatoes and vegetables should be fork tender. 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 lurking at the bottom all over the vegetables and sausages. Put it back in the oven for the remaining time, until everything is nice and brown.