This Sausage Casserole is slowly braised with Cider and Bacon for the most delicious sauce and the ultimate in comfort food.
Oh hello new favourite comfort food recipe!
I’ve been making sausage casserole forever, but over the last few weeks I’ve been making this and testing and improving and oh, get ready to fall hard in love my friends ♥️
This is everything you need in winter warmer recipe. Thick, warming gravy, plenty of hearty vegetables and cooks away slowly, filling the house with the promise of something magic to dive into.
I hope this recipe brightens your grey days as it has done for us.
You’ll love this Sausage Casserole recipe because:
✅ It makes it’s own delicious gravy as it cooks.
✅ Just add crusty bread or mash for a complete meal.
✅ The ultimate in comfort food.
FAQs about making Sausage Casserole
Do you really have to brown the sausages at the start?
The short answer is no, they will still be edible if you don’t BUT the skins can be a bit chewy 😬 and also they look SO much nicer if you do. It’s worth the time in this case.
If you don’t want to stand over the hob, your other option is to pop them into the oven for 15 minutes before you add the vegetables. I’m not normally organised enough for this as the oven is preheating whilst I’m browning them on the hob!
Can this sausage casserole be made vegetarian?
Yes. Just replace the sausages with vegetarian sausages and leave out the bacon. You can add 1 tsp of Sweet Smoked Paprika to give a little of that smoky flavour if you’d like.
Can I make this sausage casserole in advance?
You can make this in advance. If I know I’m going to prepare this and then heat it up later, I’ll just stop cooking before I add the apples.
Then, when I want to serve, I’ll add the apples and heat through.
Be sure to check it’s piping hot.
Can I freeze leftovers?
Sure. Just pack it up into portions, label it and freeze when it’s cooled.
When defrosted, just be sure to heat through fully before serving.
How can I make this gluten free?
Just be sure to use gluten free sausages and use a gluten free plain flour.
Can I cook this recipe on the hob/stovetop rather than in the oven?
Yes you can, just keep it on a low heat so that the bottom doesn’t stick. Stir it occasionally and keep the lid on. You may need to add a little more stock as more will evaporate if cooked this way.
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Sausage Casserole with Cider and Bacon
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 800 g Sausages About 12. See Note 1.
- 200 g Smoked bacon Chopped into small pieces.
- 2 Onions Peeled and sliced into wedges. See Note 2.
- 3 Garlic cloves Peeled and chopped. See Note 2.
- 2 Parsnips Peeled and chopped into small chunks
- 3 Sticks Celery Chopped into small chunks.
- 3 tbsp Plain flour
- 3 tbsp Tomato puree
- 3 tbsp Fresh sage Finely chopped. See Note 3.
- 500 ml Cider Note 4.
- 150 ml Chicken stock Note 5.
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 Apples Note 6.
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- In a large, lidded, ovenproof pan, heat the oil and brown the sausages over a medium heat until the have some colour all over. (About 10 minutes.)
- Remove the sausages from the pan and put in the bacon pieces, let them brown lightly (about 2 - 3 minutes).
- Add in the onions, garlic, parsnips and celery and brown for a further 5 minutes.
- Stir in the flour until everything is coated. Add the tomato puree, sage, cider, chicken stock and salt and pepper. Stir well and sit the sausages on top.
- Put the lid on and put into the oven for 40 minutes.
- Add the apples and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Stir well and serve.