Have you tried making a slow cooker sausage casserole yet?
Sausage casserole in a slow cooker is the perfect weeknight dinner; simply add the ingredients in the morning and come home to a deliciously tasty and filling meal.
Read on to discover how to make sausage casserole in a slow cooker, step by step.
How To Make Sausage Casserole In A Slow Cooker
Sausage casserole can be a flexible recipe, adding in your favourite vegetables and seasonings.
What You Need For Sausage Casserole
- 12 sausages (adjust depending on how many you are serving)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1tsp dried mixed herbs
- 400ml beef stock
Add any extra vegetables you have available, such as celery, sweet potato, leeks, etc.
Making A Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole: Step-by-Step
Step 1: Brown the sausages
I don’t usually brown off my meat before putting it in the slow cooker (but I know plenty of people who do; it’s just a matter of personal preference), but in my opinion, with sausages, it’s a must.
I have tried chucking them straight in the slow cooker, and they don’t taste good. The texture is too soft. If I know I’m going to be in a rush in the morning, I will brown them off the night before and just keep them in the fridge until the morning.
If you have a slow cooker with a built-in sauté function, you can use that, or you can grill or lightly fry them in a pan.
Once they are browned, add them to the slow cooker.
Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
As mentioned, you can add whatever fresh vegetables you prefer; just use what you have available. Such is the beauty of a sausage casserole! You can add some additional herbs and spices if you wish.
Step 3: Stir everything together before putting the lid on.
Step 4: Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or high for 4 hours
How long you leave it on is up to you. If you will be out of the house for a long time, don’t worry if it is left on for longer than 9 hours (on low). Just know that the sausages will be very soft after this length of time.
With this slow cooker sausage casserole, you might want to thicken up the sauce a little at the end, depending on how you like your gravy. If you like it thicker, you can leave the lid off for the last 30 minutes or stir in some gravy granules or corn flour.
It tastes great served with mashed potatoes!
Can You Put Raw Sausages in a Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can put sausages in raw, but they’re not going to taste that great. Not only will they remain the same colour as they went in, but they’ll also have the same texture: soft, squidgy, and not really that pleasant! So, do your taste buds a favour and quickly brown the sausages before you put them in the slow cooker.
How Long Do You Cook Sausages in a Slow Cooker?
How long you cook sausages in a slow cooker will depend on how much time you have. I like to put mine on early in the day so that I don’t need to think about it anymore, so I’ll usually put it on low for 7 to 9 hours. But there are always those days where I forget, or I’m just generally running behind, so if I need to put the sausages on high in the slow cooker, I’ll leave them in for around 4 hours.
Can You Put Frozen Sausages in a Slow Cooker?
People have differing opinions on cooking food from frozen in a slow cooker. Personally, I would never cook something frozen in a slow cooker, so I can’t recommend putting frozen sausages in a slow cooker.
Can You Freeze Sausage Casserole?
Yes, you can freeze sausage casserole. Allow it to cool completely, transfer it into an airtight container, and pop it in the freezer. It can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use it, just remove it from the freezer and let it defrost completely. Then reheat it in a suitable container, ensuring it is heated all through.
Top Tip: Date and label the container in your freezer so you don’t forget what it is!
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I hope you enjoy this slow cooker sausage casserole recipe! Let me know in the comments if you end up making it.
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