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sausage and cider casserole in a cast iron skillet pan served alongside a big bowl of homemade colcannon with cabbage and onions and lots of butter melting into it

Our warming sausage and cider casserole makes a delicious, filling family meal that’s perfect for cold days – for extra deliciousness serve alongside proper homemade colcannon – yum!

This delicious sausage & cider casserole served with a large scoop of colcannon is a lovely warming autumn dish.  

A big family favourite and so simple to make. It makes a great alternative to a traditional Sunday roast dinner and is just perfect for gathering the family around the table. 

Sausage and Cider Casserole Ingredients

To make our sausage stew recipe you’ll just need…

sausage and cider casserole ingredients on a wooden board - 12 sausages, 3 carrots, 2 brown onions, 1 apple, beef stock cube and a bottle of apple cider.
  • 12 sausages – just choose your favourite kind
  • 1 red apple – peeled and sliced
  • 3 carrots – peeled and sliced
  • 2 brown onions – peeled and roughly chopped
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 300ml apple cider

How to make sausage and cider casserole

Our sausage and apple casserole is super easy to make.

I use a pan with a lid that’s suitable for use on the hob and in the oven – if you don’t have one just use a frying pan and then tip the ingredients into an oven proof casserole dish.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Brown the sausages
browning the sausages in a frying pan ready to make sausage casserole
  • Add the carrots, apple and brown onions into the casserole pan with the sausages.
sausages, apples, onion and carrots in a casserole dish
  • Pour over the beef stock and cider and season with salt & pepper.
ingredients for sausage and cider casserole in a pan ready to go in the oven
  • Place into the oven and cook for 90 minutes or until the sausages are cooked through properly and the vegetables tender.
  • If the casserole needs thickening just add a couple of spoonfuls of cornflour mixed with a drop of water – stir into the casserole and bring to the boil.

If you’re serving the sausage and cider casserole then start to make the colcannon around 30 minutes before the casserole will be cooked and ready.

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Colcannon Ingredients

To make our super tasty colcannon potatoes you will need…

colcannon ingredients laid out on a wooden board. Maris Piper potatoes, kale leaves, wholegrain mustard and butter
  • 1.5kg potatoes – peeled and cut into quarters
  • 200g cavolo nero – finely sliced, if you can’t get cavolo nero just use any dark green cabbage you like.
  • 1 red onion – peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic – peeled and finely chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 100-150ml of milk or cream – use more or less depending on how much liquid you feel the potatoes need when you’re mashing.
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Colcannon recipe

To make our yummy colcannon mash you’ll just need to …

  • Boil the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender.
  • Whilst the potatoes cook – heat a splash of olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the red onion, garlic and cavolo nero until tender.
fried cavolo nero, onions and garlic being fried in a frying pan, stirred with a wooden spoon
  • Once the potatoes are cooked mash them with the butter and milk. Then tip in the fried onions, cabbage and garlic, add the mustard and stir together so that everything is mixed well together.
making colcannon - pan full of creamy mashed potatoes with a pile of fried cabbage, onions, garlic and dollop of wholegrain mustard tipped on top of the potatoes ready to stir through

To serve the sausage and cider casserole I like to ladle it over a good dollop of colcannon and tuck right in.

This is autumn in a dish for me!

DO YOU NEED TO BROWN SAUSAGES BEFORE PUTTING IN CASSEROLE?

Yes – always brown the sausages otherwise your casserole will just look unpleasant – browned sausages make it look a whole lot more delicious! 

HOW TO MAKE SAUSAGE & CIDER STEW STRETCH TO FEED MORE

  • Add in more veggies – try mushrooms, sliced peppers, celery or leeks.
  • Throw in a tin of beans or lentils – try butterbeans, they go nicely with sausages 

WHAT TO EAT WITH SAUSAGE CASSEROLE

sausage and cider casserole in a big enamel pan with bowl of colcannon potatoes next to it ready to be served

If you’re wondering “what can I put with sausages?” Then try any of these delicious ideas below.

  • We love this with the colcannon potatoes – if you’re making colcannon then make too much of it because colcannon makes unbelievably good bubble & squeak the next day… topped with a nice runny fried egg. TOO GOOD!
  • Try creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Go for a healthier version of mashed potatoes and mash together sweet potatoes, carrots and swedes. 
  • Spoon the sausage stew into baked potatoes.
  • Try with pasta or boiled rice.
  • Eat it just as it is with a buttered bread roll. 

What do you eat colcannon with?

Our colcannon mash recipe is not only super delicious with a sausage stew, but it’s also great served with…

  • Slow cooker brisket and gravy
  • Grilled pork chops or gammon slices
  • Serve with bacon and cauliflower cheese.
  • Serve alongside chicken or beef stew.
  • Serve with meatloaf and gravy.
  • Serve with meatballs and BBQ sauce.

MORE EASY SAUSAGE RECIPES FOR YOU TO TRY

  • Posh Sausage Rolls – just take sausage rolls up a notch… these beauties are filled with sausages, chutney and cheese and they’re super easy to make!

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Yield: Serves 4

Sausage and Cider Casserole with Colcannon

sausage and cider casserole in a big enamel pan with bowl of colcannon potatoes next to it ready to be served

A super tasty autumn dinner for feeding a family

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the sausage and cider casserole

  • 12 sausages 
  • 1 red apple - peeled and sliced 
  • 3 carrots - peeled and sliced 
  • 2 onions - peeled and roughly chopped 
  • 300ml beef stock 
  • 300ml apple cider 
  • salt and pepper to season

For the colcannon

  • 1.5kg maris piper potatoes - peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion - peeled and chopped 
  • 200g cavolo nero - finely shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled and finely chopped 
  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 50g butter 
  • 100ml full fat milk 
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Brown the sausages
  3. Add the carrots, apple and brown onions to the casserole dish with the sausages.
  4. Pour over the beef stock and cider and season with salt & pepper.
  5. Cook into the oven for 90 minutes or until the sausages are cooked through properly and the vegetables tender.
  6. If the casserole needs thickening just add a couple of spoonfuls of cornflour mixed with a drop of water - stir into the casserole and bring to the boil.
  7. 30 minutes before the casserole is cooked - make the colcannon. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.
  8. Whilst the potatoes cook - heat a splash of olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the red onion, garlic and cavolo nero until tender.
  9. Once the potatoes are cooked mash them with milk and butter and stir the greens into them with the wholegrain mustard.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1229Total Fat: 73gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 2170mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 12gSugar: 24gProtein: 38g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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