Sausage Casserole With Herb Dumplings

Dinner | January 29, 2016 | By

Succulent beef sausage casserole with sweet potatoes, carrots and herb dumplings.

Sausage Casserole
How is your week going so far folks? I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend! We are currently dog-sitting again and the house has become like a playpen with four crazy but loveable Yorkshire Terriers, rather than just the one. In fact, if you were to step inside from the dreary and cold weather we’re experiencing right now, you would presume our house was a nursery with the amount of toys lying around. I swear these animals have more coats, blankets and treats than any kid I know. I can tell you another thing about these dogs, (which should come as no surprise) they love sausages! The instant I start to cook them, I can hear them crying and see the frantic wagging of their tails from the adjacent room; their eyes clocking my every move. They weren’t the only ones whose eyes were locked on like a missile to its target, and I hardly got a minutes’ peace to make this without a certain someone asking “You cooking those sausages tonight – that smells good – can you stop photographing it, so we can eat it!”. 

This sausage casserole with herb dumplings was created with some of the produce I received during my visit to Lynas Food Outlet, including their impressive beef sausages. I heard about these sausages from the moment I stepped into the store, as a friendly staff member described them as being simply the best. Naturally, I felt obligated to test this claim!

Just as the casserole went into the oven, I decided to make the herb dumplings (as you do) and I’m so glad I did. Now grateful that the half empty packet of beef suet was bothering me. (It had been sitting lopsided in the cupboard since before Christmas, falling out at every opportunity and being thrown back in more violently with disgust each time). I must insist you add them too! They only take 5 minutes to make and then you just pop them in with the casserole for the last 15 minutes. Dough can be sticky to work with, so if you’re finding it troublesome, ( like I often do) flour your hands before and don’t be scared of it – if it doesn’t come together, keep adding a little more cold water and it will get there eventually. 

As for the sausages, they were juicy with a hint of garlic in every bite and I’m so glad we heeded the advice to try them out. I knew Neil liked them too because he didn’t speak much at the table, instead he gobbled them up in no time.  I wiped up the last of the juice with one remaining dumpling, cleared up the plates and that was the evening nearly over. Both of us left very happy in the knowledge that there’s leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  

Sausage Casserole With Herb Dumplings 


Serves 2
Succulent beef sausage casserole with sweet potatoes, carrots and herb dumplings.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 5 large beef sausages
  3. 1 tsp garlic granules
  4. 2 large sweet potatoes (or 4 small ones) peeled and chopped into chunks
  5. 4 carrots, chopped
  6. 1 green pepper, chopped
  7. 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  8. 1 red pepper, chopped
  9. 1 large onion (or two small ones) diced
  10. 1 large tin of plum tomatoes
  11. 1 tbsp tomato purée
  12. 500 ml beef stock (homemade or from a cube)
  13. A splash of red wine (optional)
  14. A pinch of salt
  15. 1 tbsp flour
  16. 2 bay leaves
For Dumplings
  1. 100g self raising flour
  2. 50g beef suet
  3. pinch of rosemary
, basil
 and coriander
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 6 - 8 tbsp approx of cold water
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven at 150c
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the sausages and sprinkle the garlic granules over each one. Brown the sausages for about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the sausages to your casserole dish.
  3. In the same pan, fry the onions and peppers until they soften. Add the sweet potato and carrots and fry for a further 5 - 10 minutes then transfer it all to a large saucepan.
  4. Pour in the tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, beef stock and red wine. Season with salt and stir in 1 tbsp flour to thicken it, then add the bay leaves. Bring to the boil and then lower to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaves and transfer to the casserole dish and place in your preheated oven for around 45 minutes.
For the dumplings
  1. Mix the flour, beef suet, salt, and herbs together in a mixing bowl, then add the water and mix using your hands until a dough is formed.
  2. Divide the dough and roll into 4 - 5 round dumplings.
  3. Place the dumplings into the casserole dish 15 minutes before the end of cooking.
Notes
  1. This serves 2 people with leftovers. You could easily add a few more sausages and there would be enough for 4 people.
  2. You could use vegetable suet as well, if you don't have beef.
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Sausage Casserole

Thanks to Lynas Food Outlet for the goodies included in this recipe. 

Linking to Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary’s No Waste Food Challenge as I used up the beef suet that was near its sell by date.

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    February 16, 2016

    This sounds delicious and perfect for a chilly winters night – a proper rib sticker as we would say. OH eats vegetarian (as do I most of the time) so the specifics of your recipe clearly wouldn’t be right for us, but the idea of it is great and one which can very easily be made vegi friendly.
    Thank you for reminding me how good dumplings are.
    Angela x

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    Elizabeth
    February 1, 2016

    What a fantastic hearty and filling recipe! I love it! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge 🙂

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    January 31, 2016

    I love sausage casserole in the winter and this sounds perfect for my family! Going to try it this week, I hope I can get some good sausages like the ones you had. I’ve never had savoury dumplings (I made some chocolate ones…) but herb dumplings always sound amazing!

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    January 31, 2016

    Oh my daughters will adore you for this recipe – Proper sausage fans here. You must be a saint for dog sitting 4 dogs!

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      Sarah Montgomery
      February 1, 2016

      Hehe. The first week of minding them was the hardest, now we’ve got used to them being around – walking them is pain though!!

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    Charlotte
    January 30, 2016

    i’ve never made a sausage casserole before! this looks delicious and perfect for a hearty family meal! #YumTum

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    Christie
    January 29, 2016

    There is nothing like good sausage. My family would adore this dish for dinner, especially with the herb dumplings. Makes it have a German feel to me. Yum!

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      Sarah Montgomery
      February 1, 2016

      Christie, I love German sausages! Would love to visit Germany actually, I heard their markets are the best! Thanks for the comment, take care.

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    Renz
    January 29, 2016

    Herb dumplings… hmmm.. great idea.. I would be quiet too eating this.. lol

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      Sarah Montgomery
      February 1, 2016

      Hi Lisa. Hope your Monday is going ok! Comfort food at its best, right?! Thanks for the comment!

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    Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table
    January 29, 2016

    This sounds like a delicious dinner! Love that you added sweet potatoes and carrots (two of my faves) and yes, I think the dumplings are going to be a MUST – they look awesome! I have one large dog, a chocolate lab, and I can only imagine 4 running around the house. Ha, what a zoo that would be!

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      Sarah Montgomery
      February 1, 2016

      Hi Kathryn. Yes we don’t get a minutes’ peace atm with the dogs but can’t help but love them hehe.

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