Lemony Sausage and Fennel Casserole

Lemony Sausage and Fennel Casserole

This recipe is lighter than lots of casseroles but it is still warming and flavourful.  Most sausage casseroles are rich and heavy with tomatoes and beans and, whilst I enjoy those too, this one provides a refreshingly different way of cooking great sausages.

I used pork and leek sausages from my local butcher which worked really well.


6 Good Quality Sausages

2 large Fennel Bulbs

2 Leeks

1 Lemon

1 pint of Vegetable Stock (made from bouillon)

1 tbsp Olive Oi

A handful of freshly chopped parsley


Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/ 350  F / Gas Mark 4
Cut the fennel into quarters through the root (if they are very large cut them into six or even eight pieces).  Trim and wash the leeks and cut into large chunks.  Cut the lemon into six wedges.  Toss all the vegetables in the olive oil and place in a shallow casserole dish. 
Push the sausages in amongst the vegetables and place. the dish into the oven for 30 minutes or until the sausages are browned and the vegetables have begun to caramelise.
Pour the stock over the other ingredients and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes.
Season with black pepper, sprinkle over the parsley and serve with new potatoes or crusty bread.

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Venison Casseroled in Port

Serves 2 (generously)


400g (1lb) Shoulder of Venison, diced.

1 tbsp Olive oil

2 Red Onions, roughly chopped.

4 cloves smoked garlic

2 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

200ml Stock (fresh is best but if you don’t have fresh use a good quality bouillon powder).

200ml Port

Black Pepper

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar & a pinch of dried chopped chillies (optional).


Pre-heat the oven to 150 C / 300 F / Gas mark 2.

Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan.

Brown the Venison, remove the meat and place it in an oven proof casserole dish.

Add the onions to the pan with a little more oil if needed and cook gently until softened, add the garlic and cook for a minute or so longer.

Add the balsamic vinegar and stir well to make sure you get all the caramelised meaty flavours from the bottom of the pan.

Add the port and the stock and bring to the boil.   Pop in the cinnamon and cloves and the dried chillies if you are using them.

Leave to simmer for 5 minutes then pour the sauce over the meat, cover tightly with a lid or some tin foil and place in the oven for 1 ½ hours.

Long, slow cooking will produce really tender meat so if you have time turn the heat down and leave it for longer or better still pop it in a slow cooker.  I cook this in the warming oven of the Rayburn and leave it all afternoon.

When the casserole is ready, strain the liquid into a pan (return the meat and onions to the casserole dish) and bring to the boil until reduced by half.  Taste and adjust the seasoning.  If you prefer a thicker sauce you might want to use one of these methods on WikiHow.

Serve with leeky mashed potatoes and a leafy green vegetable such as kale or spinach.