The Shady Porch: Cheesy Veggie Casserole with Chicken Sausage

3.28.2014

Cheesy Veggie Casserole with Chicken Sausage

The casserole has long been a menu favorite because it is usually easy on the budget and easy-to-make. Those qualities were the first things that drew me to Cheesy Vegetable Casserole with Chicken Sausage. The original recipe was intended as a side dish, but, with the hearty appetites I feed (who believe protein is essential), I added the chicken sausage. The next time I prepare this, I plan to use cubed ham; it should complement the cheesiness of this dish. I loved all of the veggies - the possible combinations and variations seem endless and can be tailored to your family's favorites...keep the veggie blend, change the protein (meat), or swap the veggie mix and maintain the same meat. Even the cheeses are up to your taste. I hope you give it a try...it is a cheesy-licious and flexible casserole.

Serving of Cheesy Vegetable Casserole with Chicken Sausage
Serving of Cheesy Vegetable Casserole with Chicken Sausage



Ingredients: 
2 cups chicken sausage, cut into rounds
3/4 cup of butter, divided
1 lg onion, diced
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
3 bags of Mexican Blend Mixed Vegetables (broccoli, corn, cauliflower, red pepper) - thawed
2 bags of cut green beans - thawed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Ingredients and the making of Cheesy Vegetable Casserole with Chicken Sausage
Directions:
  1. Spray 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray  and preheat oven to 375 F. 
  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in large skillet. Add diced onion and cook until they begin to brown. 
  3. Add Panko crumbs and chicken sausage to the skillet. Cook until the Panko crumbs are toasted. Set aside the contents of the skillet.
  4. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the skillet, add the vegetables and cook/stir until thoroughly coated, and slightly cooked. 
  5. Put a layer of vegetables in the casserole dish and top with 1/2 the onion-sausage mix. 
  6. Add a layer of shredded cheddar. 
  7. Add second layer of vegetables to the casserole dish and again top with the onion-sausage mix. 
  8. Top casserole with the remaining shredded cheddar. Bake for 25 minutes. 
Cheesy Veggie Casserole with Chicken Sausage
Cheesy Veggie Casserole with Chicken Sausage

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