I realize it is not Sunday, but it will be tomorrow, so I thought you all might want to go out and buy the ingredients so you, yourself, can indulge in this delectable stew-like casserole I came across on Pinterest. Kay, from Kayotic Kitchen came up with this recipe she calls “Lazy Sunday Casserole.” I simply tried it, LOVED it, so I am sharing it with all of you.
What you need:
4 sausages (beef, pork) – you could always use chicken or perhaps tofu for you vegans
1 pound potatoes
1/2 pound carrots ( 1/2 bag of baby carrots)
1/2 bell pepper (I use a whole one)
1 large onion
1 fennel bulb
2 garlic cloves (I use more like 4 or 5)
2 tbsp oil
freshly cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
1/2 cup chicken broth (I used beef broth because it is what I had, but I am sure veggie would work too)
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
>Cut the onion, fennel bulb, and bell pepper into long thin strips.
Now if you are anything like me (a cook from a box who adds things to it, kind-of-gal), then a fennel bulb sounds more like something you use to illuminate your home then it does something you eat. Let me assure you, it is found in your local grocer’s,
I got mine in a two-pack at Trader Joe’s for $1.99, and to my surprise, it is quite tasty!
>You just cut off the top, celery-stick-looky-thing, and bottom of the bulb, and continue to cut it like you would an onion.
> place all the veggies, including the carrots, in a roasting pan (or Pyrex)
>mix the oil, broth, garlic (chopped or grated), and italian seasoning in a bowl.
*I would like to note that I had never “grated” garlic before this. I don’t think I will ever not, now. It is so easy, less sticky, and less hand smelly than chopping it (my garlic press crapped out on me months ago and I am too cheap to replace it). Thank you, Kayotic Kitchen for this tip! Laugh now, all your foodies who can’t believe how inept I am in the kitchen!
>pour the mixture, “witches brew,” onto the veggies and toss
>add kosher salt, and cracked pepper
>place in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes
While your potato veggie medley is in the oven, this is the time when you brown your sausage.
> you do not cook it all the way through, just enough to brown it
>and then slice it into quarter-inch thick pieces and wait for your timer
Once the timer goes off,
>add the sausage and balsamic vinegar and cook another 20 minutes (or until the sausage and potatoes are brown)
you have, Sunday Lazy Casserole!
Now, I will admit, for me, this is not lazy… this is ambitious, but delicious!
I made it last Sunday, and I just made it for tonight. That way, we can be lazy Sunday, and have left-overs!
Who doesn’t love them a good meat and potato dish? Comfort food at its finest!