Mar 8, 2011

Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Doesn’t look too shabby for a ‘must clean out my fridge‘ type of dinner, does it?

I’m not big on broccoli. Never have been and never will be. I mainly eat it when it’s stir-fried with some other flavors—like my citrus syrup or something—thrown into the equation or as part of a Quiche or casserole.

I opted for a casserole this time, gives me a chance to mix ingredients. It’s not going to be too long before the lighter dishes make an entrance, so I jump at every last chance of making a casserole.

This made for a pretty good weeknight dinner and, undoubtedly due to the sauce and cheese, was even eaten by my son. Who takes after his mom when it comes to broccoli.

 

Ingredients:

4 sausages
1 pound broccoli
1 large carrot
1 pound potatoes
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1/2 a lime
1 vegetable bouillon cube
handful grated cheese
salt and pepper

 

Directions:

Only a handful ingredients. It works though.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Chop the broccoli into florets. Peel the potatoes and carrot and slice them in 1/2 inch thick slices. Parboil them, along with the bouillon cube or simply some salt, for 5 minutes.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Gives you time to turn the sausages into thick slices. These were half pork/ half beef sausages.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

After those 5 minutes you add the broccoli florets, bring it back to a boil and give it another 5 minutes.

Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

After this time the potatoes should be perfectly done without falling apart. The carrot slices should be fork tender and the broccoli will be bright green and bite tender.

I’m using the cooking liquid as the basis for my sauce. Take out about 2 cups. Drain the rest and cool the vegetables off with cold, running, water to stop the cooking process.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Heat 2 tbsp butter.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Add the flour and cook for a minute to neutralize the rawness. Because I’m using a minimal amount of butter, the flour will be grainy. Don’t worry.

Pour in the cooking liquid (start with 1 cup and slowly add more as the sauce cooks) and stir like a maniac to get a smooth sauce. Finish the sauce with salt, pepper and the lime (or lemon juice). The lime really makes this sauce.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

I use a flat whisk for sauces like this, they’re perfect when it comes to avoiding lumps. If your sauce did end up lumpy, don’t worry. Simply run it through a sieve to remove the lumps.

I finished the sauce with the remaining butter.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Bake the sausage slices until nice and brown on both sides.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

They should be fully cooked in no time.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Put the vegetables into an oven dish. Place the sausage on top. Pour the sauce all over and top it off with a handful of grated cheese.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Bake the casserole at 350F° (175C°) for 20 minutes. Until everything is heated through and the cheese has melted.
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Perfect easy casserole dinner for busy family nights!
Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake

Cheesy Sausage & Veggie Bake
Ingredients
    4 sausages
    1 pound broccoli
    1 large carrot
    1 pound potatoes
    3 tbsp butter
    3 tbsp flour
    1/2 a lime
    1 vegetable bouillon cube
    handful grated cheese
    salt and pepper
Directions
    Cut the broccoli in florets. Peel and slice the potatoes and carrot in 1/2 inch slices. Parboil the potatoes and carrots, along with the bouillon cube or simply some salt, for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and cook for another 5 minutes. Take out 2 cups of the cooking liquid and cool off the vegetables with cold running water to stop the cooking process.

    Slice the sausages and cook them in a little oil or butter until brown on both sides.

    Heat 2 tbsp butter, add the flour and cook for a minute. Pour in the cooking liquid (start with a cup, and slowly add more until you have a consistency you like) while stirring well to turn it into a lump-free sauce. If you do end up with lumps, run the sauce through a sieve.

    Finish the sauce with salt, pepper and lime or lemon juice.

    Put the vegetables into an oven dish. Place the sausage on top. Pour the sauce all over and top it off with a handful of grated cheese. Bake the casserole at 350F° (175C°) for 20 minutes. Until everything is heated through and the cheese has melted.
Meal type: main course
Servings: 4
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    16 Comments »

    1. 1

      Looks fantastic and perfect timing. I was intending to cook a packet of sausages today!
       

      Lori on Mar 8, 2011 @ 12:27 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Hi Kay,
      I’ve been reading your blog, and what’s more important, cooking your recipes for quite some time now, it starts to feel rude not to introduce myself ;-)
      I absolutely love it all! Your flavours, photos and writing together!
      I’m a mom of 3 little boys who feel the same way about broccoli, or actually anything green they meet with fierce distrust. So I’ll give this one a try, as you said, some (read: a lot of) melted cheese makes all the difference.

      Sofie on Mar 8, 2011 @ 2:09 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Looks great…love broccoli and sausage…gonna try this for sure.
      Your Mango mayo was fabulous too;-)

      broadcastmarc on Mar 8, 2011 @ 3:02 pm Reply
    4. 4

      We LOVE sausage in our house…and broccoli! This dish looks like something me just might love too! Can’t wait to try it… I shared this recipe on this week’s Must Try Tuesday post…

      http://therickettchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/03/must-try-tuesday-march-8-2011_08.html

      Thanks for sharing!

      Wende on Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:22 pm Reply
    5. 5

      I’ve been visiting this site for a few weeks now and I just love it! The design/layout, the recipes, the photographs :)
      This recipe looks really easy and delicious! I agree with you completely on the broccoli, I only like it as part of something. I will definitely be trying this recipe some time!
      Can I ask you where you bought the flat whisk? I’m Dutch too and I’ve wanted one of those ever since I saw Nigella Lawson use it on tv, but I’ve never been able to find one here…

      Gaby on Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:25 pm Reply
    6. 6

      Great casserole. I loooove baked broccoli.

      Katrina on Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:40 pm Reply
    7. 7

      I don’t like broccoli in it’s cooked form, but I do like it when stirfried or as this in a ovendish. This just looks absolutely delicious!

      Simone on Mar 8, 2011 @ 6:15 pm Reply
    8. 8

      I don’t often share with people, but I really enjoy making ‘must clean out my fridge‘ dinners. There is something to be said about the resourceful cook. The cook that can cook on the fly. Using recipes is about whether or not you can follow directions, but it’s when you don’t have a recipe or a set of obvious ingredients that you are really cooking. This dish looks great and pretty forgiving. I love the idea of using lime in this sauce!

      Genie on Mar 9, 2011 @ 2:00 am Reply
    9. 9

      I love broccoli but it doesn’t love me!  Sometimes throwing things together make the absolutely best ever meals.

      Rhonda on Mar 9, 2011 @ 5:01 am Reply
    10. 10

      Looks delightful Kay! The one thing I’ll miss about the colder weather is the comfort of a big, hot casserole/stew/soup. I guess when the summer arrives I’ll have to rediscover the joys of lighter fare . . . (though that may assist in the shedding of a couple pounds! =)

      Jenna on Mar 9, 2011 @ 6:06 pm Reply
    11. 11

      Looks pretty darned good for leftovers-turned-meal. I’m not much of a broccoli fan,either. But I adore it smothered in cheese sauce.

      Linda at Pink Elephants Coffee,LLC on Mar 10, 2011 @ 2:51 am Reply
    12. 12

      This looks like a great recipe — I love the colors and the ingredients.

      SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen on Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:55 am Reply
    13. 13

      I just made this for dinner tonight and it was *excellent*! Are you are so right about the lime juice, it totally makes the sauce pop. :-)

      Noble G. on Mar 30, 2011 @ 3:24 am Reply
    14. 14

      I made this for supper tonight. Fabulous! I did use about 3/4 of a pound of spicy italian ground beef (I use my own spice mix) and two breakfast sausages rather than three sausages. I also used half a pound of sweet oriental yams and half a pound of potatoes, and broclette rather than broccoli. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!!

      Mary Brown on Aug 13, 2011 @ 11:54 pm Reply
    15. 15

      Could I make noodles like bow tie, and then put the noodles, then veggies, and sausage and bake for 20 minutes? I kind of want to make noodles with this dish…

      Sara Bird on May 14, 2012 @ 11:54 pm Reply
    16. 16

      I am a newbie to your blog, but the recipes all sound delicious. I am making one every night this week. Tonight I made this and I followed the recipe exactly except I seasoned the sauce with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a little parm cheese and I used a lemon instead of lime. It was amazing! Everyone loved it! Even my 2 and 4 year old boys! Thank you :) Tomorrow we’ll be trying your Chili Meatball Casserole :)

      Danielle on Aug 7, 2013 @ 10:32 pm Reply

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