Apr 8, 2010

Lazy Sunday Casserole

Lazy Sunday Casserole 

The name kinda says it all, doesn’t it? Here’s my lazy Sunday casserole, one that will surely give your taste buds a lift. Casseroles are perfect for cool nights, and even though the days are warming up now that it’s spring, the nights can still be chilly around my neck of the woods.

The vegetables may vary—depending on what’s in my fridge—but somehow there’s always sausage, potatoes and carrots. The Italian herbs give it a real nice kick while the balsamic gives it a sweet, but slight tangy after taste. Simple and easy comfort food, especially for my little man. Just relax, kick back and let your oven do the work! 

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:  

I still get all giddy inside seeing all kinds of colorful veggies displayed. I was, am and will always be a major veg-o-holic. 
Lazy Sunday Casserole 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 
Lazy Sunday Casserole 

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. 
Lazy Sunday Casserole 

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. 
Lazy Sunday Casserole 

This is good food. Comfort food. Healthy, hearty and wholesome, exactly how I like it. 
Lazy Sunday Casserole 

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Lazy Sunday Casserole
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
    3 to 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Directions
  1. 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 and slice 1/2 to 1 bell pepper in strips and put everything in a big roasting tray.

    Use a big bowl to combine the oil with the Italian herbs, grated or chopped garlic, and chicken broth and pour it over the vegetables. Toss them around to make sure the broth gets everywhere. Season with a generous amount of salt and black pepper.

    Cover the tray with aluminum foil and pop it in a preheated oven. Bake at 450F (225C) for 45 minutes. Lightly brown the sausages and slice each sausage in half. 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.
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    204 Comments »

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    1. 1

      Yum. I love the idea of the vinegar.  Nice and easy too!

      Teri on Apr 8, 2010 @ 8:22 pm Reply
    2. 2

      This looks so easy!  I printed and gonna do.  Thanks!

      50centlove on Apr 8, 2010 @ 8:27 pm Reply
    3. 3

      very nice hearty definitely…i love your recipe card print option..very cool

      Trendsetters on Apr 8, 2010 @ 9:07 pm Reply
    4. 4

      I’m going to make this (even though it’s blazing hot here in Virginia, USA right now.  I love the Balsamic Sausage recipe on your site, so this is a quick jump with more delicious veggies!

      Jariris on Apr 8, 2010 @ 10:21 pm Reply
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      love the look of your lurking juices. Yep blazing hot in my area also but this could work.

      doodles on Apr 9, 2010 @ 5:44 am Reply
    6. 6

      That looks perfectly delicious!!!

      CMe on Apr 9, 2010 @ 6:25 am Reply
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      Hmmm, this casserole doesn’t look very lazy to me, but it does look super healthy and delicious!!

      Memoria on Apr 9, 2010 @ 6:27 am Reply
    8. 8

      Goodness grief, I happened upon your site an hour and I’m still surfing. So much beauty here and good recipes.

      Paula on Apr 9, 2010 @ 7:55 am Reply
    9. 9

      I DO love these LAZY recipes:))) What could be better than put everything in the oven and blog while a dinner is ready?!
      xoxo
      Diana

      Diana on Apr 9, 2010 @ 12:05 pm Reply
    10. 10

      This is going to be a lazy Friday casserole for us tonight!

      Alison on Apr 9, 2010 @ 1:42 pm Reply
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      Kay, this looks magnificent! I really like how you always come up with unique recipes and not go for recipes identical to the ones in the older books. This to me is real home-cooking.

      Maria on Apr 9, 2010 @ 1:53 pm Reply
    12. 12

      Yum! My kind of food. What time’s dinner??

      Lana from Never Enough Thyme on Apr 9, 2010 @ 8:02 pm Reply
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      @Lana:

      Just wait ’til you see what’s for dessert :)

      Kay on Apr 9, 2010 @ 8:04 pm Reply
    14. 14

      This looks awesome! So fast and easy- just what I like to make.

      Katie on Apr 9, 2010 @ 8:56 pm Reply
    15. 15

      YUM! That’s our kind of food. NOM!

      LizzieBee on Apr 11, 2010 @ 2:48 pm Reply
    16. 16

      I made this Friday and it was fantastic!  And so easy. I love easy.
      Thanks Kay!

      Teri on Apr 11, 2010 @ 5:50 pm Reply
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      I made a version of this for dinner tonight – with what I had on hand – including  the lovely addition of balsamic and we all LOVED it…no small feat with 6 eaters :)

      ms pink on Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:14 am Reply
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      OK to put this in a local charity cookbook?   A group I am associated with raises money to help crippled kids with cookbook sales.

      ducj on Apr 15, 2010 @ 3:00 am Reply
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      @ducj:

      Sure that’s okay! Be my guest.

      Kay on Apr 15, 2010 @ 7:30 am Reply
    20. 20

      You have fantastic recipes..love your site !
       
      :)Doreen

      Doreen Frost on Apr 20, 2010 @ 8:50 pm Reply
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      Ok, I am totally going to do this with pieces of tofu in place of the sausage; thanks for the superb dinner idea!

      Jenn/CinnamonQuill on Apr 27, 2010 @ 3:21 am Reply
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      I made this last night and followed the recipe exactly. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out very well. The vegetables never browned up and the sausages were dried out. And I used excellent quality ingredients. Both my bf and I thought there’s too much vinegar in the sauce also. Maybe this dish was simply not to our palate. I suppose I was so disappointed because normally we love every single recipe we’ve tried from your blog.

      AG on May 1, 2010 @ 1:33 pm Reply
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      @AG:

      Sorry to hear that, but well, it kinda happens that between all the recipes I have there’s a recipe someone might not like :) 

      Food is subjective, millions of likes and dislikes out. I love balsamic vinegar, so like to really taste it. What might be too much for you and your boyfriend could be not nearly enough for someone else.

      Ovens are also calibrated differently. My dish comes out perfect but well, that’s my oven, I don’t know how yours works. Maybe you need to find out how to cook it with your oven so it won’t come out too dry and the veggies will brown properly? You could even parboil them first.

      Kay on May 1, 2010 @ 1:48 pm Reply
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      So AG, if I have this correctly, you didn’t like one recipe out of all the recipes Kay has posted? It doesn’t take much to dissapoint you, does it?

      Maria on May 4, 2010 @ 12:13 pm Reply
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      Kay – Thanks for your reply. And you’re right…people have different tastes in food. To each his/her own. :-) Just so you know though, all the other recipes my bf and I have tried turned out wonderful. Mmm…yum just thinking about those dishes. Oh and we normally love balsamic vinegar. I wonder if it’s something to do with the kind of balsamic vinegar I used. Re the veg not browning, I have no idea why either. They were completely cooked through, just that they wouldn’t brown.
       
      Maria – No, you don’t have it correctly and actually, it does take a lot to disappoint me. :-)

      AG on May 4, 2010 @ 1:33 pm Reply
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