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Michael Symon's Cauliflower Sausage Casserole

Cauliflower Sausage Casserole Michael Symon
Creamy Casserole
skill level
Easy
time
60-120min
servings
8
cost
$
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Cauliflower Sausage Casserole Recipe: Easy to prepare, and even easier to transport, this savory casserole is ideal for a crowd.
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ingredients
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 pound Sweet or Spicy Italian Sausage (removed from the casings)
  • 1 medium head Cauliflower (about 2 pounds; cut in to small florets)
  • 1 medium Onion (small diced)
  • 4 Garlic cloves (minced)
  • 28-ounce can whole San Marzano Tomatoes (crushed and broken up with your hands)
  • 1 cup Flat Leaf Parsley (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper (to taste)
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  • 1
    Olive Oil
    1/2 pound Sweet or Spicy Italian Sausage (removed from the casings)
    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with the sausage. Cook, breaking up the sausage as you go, until browned, about 10 minutes. 
  • 2
    1 medium head Cauliflower (about 2 pounds; cut in to small florets)
    Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper (to taste)
    Add cauliflower to the pot and brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 3
    1 medium Onion (small diced)
    4 Garlic cloves (minced)
    28-ounce can whole San Marzano Tomatoes (crushed and broken up with your hands)
    To the pan, add the onion and garlic and a pinch of salt and cook until the onions become soft and aromatic, about 5 minutes. Add the broken up tomatoes with their liquid, along with the sausage. Bring the mixture up to a simmer and give it a taste, adding additional salt and pepper is necessary. Mix in the parsley in then pour the whole mixture in to a 13x9 baking dish.
  • 4
    2/3 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
    1 cup Flat Leaf Parsley (chopped)
    In a small bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the sausage  and cauliflower and bake until golden brown on top and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then serve. Garnish with parsley.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Use any ground meat for the recipe: ground turkey, ground beef, or a sweet or plain sausage.
    2. Freeze the cauliflower stalks and use them for soups.
    3. Cook the casserole elements separately so they can all cook at their correct cooking temperatures and times.
    4. The onions and garlic should cook just enough to be aromatic, but not caramelized.
    5. Use a potato masher for browning the meat and mixing in the tomatoes.
 
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