Totsgiving Casserole

Totsgiving Casserole Recipe

By Hot For Food

🔪Prep Time: 25 minutes

👩‍🍳Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

2 C diced white onion (about 1 large white onion)

1 C diced celery (about 2 stalks)

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 vegan sausages (preferably apple sage flavored, cut on the bias – about 3 cups)

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp fresh thyme

2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage

2 tsp beef flavoured bouillon (or 2 cubes)

2 tsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp vegan worcestershire

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 C frozen vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, green beans)

1/4 C flour

1 3/4 C nondairy milk

1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)

1 green apple, peeled and finely diced

4 1/2 C frozen tots

2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage, as garnish

Instructions

1Preheat oven to 425°F.

2Heat skillet or stock pot over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and brown the sausage for about 6 minutes. Remove browned sausage from the pot.

3Add onion and celery and sauteé for 3 minutes.

4Add garlic, thyme, and sage and sauté for 3 minutes.

5Add bouillon, mustard, worcestershire, ground black pepper, and frozen vegetables and stir to combine well and sauté for another 3 minutes. If you don’t have vegan beef flavored bouillon, you can use a vegetable one.

6Add your browned sausage back in and then gradually add the flour a bit at a time while stirring to coat everything. Once it’s all incorporated, gradually add the nondairy milk and stir frequently to combine the flour well. Also scrape the hardened flour on the bottom of the pan or stock pot with the nondairy milk to incorporate all the browned flour. Use a wooden spatula with a flat end to do this so as to not scratch the pan or stock pot!

7Once all the browned bottom is well incorporated, keep stirring while the mixture thickens over a simmer. Just as it starts to thicken and bubble, remove from the heat and stir in the diced apple.

8Taste it and see if you want to add another 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Some people might think it’s salty already. It will also depend on what kind of bouillon you used and if you swapped worcestershire for soy sauce, which is generally more salty.

9Transfer to an 8″ x 11″ casserole dish and top with the frozen tots and sprinkle with more fresh sage as garnish.

10Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the tots are golden brown and crispy.

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