BROCCOLI FENNEL SAUSAGE CASSEROLE

An especially quick and easy supper while also hitting all the flavor, color, and texture notes a cook or eater could ask for. Great as a complete meal or side.

Prep Time:  20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Serves:  Four

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces (about 3 or 4 links) good-quality pork sausage,* removed from casings and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 small heads of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into thin slices, about 1/4-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • Finely grated zest and 1 teaspoon of juice from 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper, or a lesser amount of red pepper flakes or cayenne (omit if you are using spicy sausage)

* For Vegan or Vegetarian, use Beyond Meat Sausage of your choice

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 425° F.
  • Combine broccoli florets and sliced fennel in a shallow casserole or baking dish. You want them to fit snugly in a single, even layer. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, whole-grain mustard, lemon juice and zest, and Aleppo pepper. Add to broccoli and fennel and toss well to coat evenly. Nestle the pieces of sausage among the broccoli and fennel.
  • Roast for about 20-25 minutes, or until the broccoli and fennel are tender and the sausage is no longer pink. For extra security, you can toss about halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
  • Optional but highly recommended: Place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the sausage and slightly char the broccoli and fennel in spots.
  • Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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