Peasant Bread Casserole with Toasted Fennel and Sausage

Fennel provides a slight licorice flavor, ground mustard adds zing and winter vegetables and smoked sausage combine with hearty bread and melted cheese to create a satisfying meal.

Serves: 8
Serving Size: 1 cup
30 mins Prep time 50 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
50 mins Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast fennel seed in large dry skillet on medium heat 30 seconds. Add mustard and white pepper; continue to stir spices 30 seconds or until aromatic. Remove from pan. Lightly crush seeds with a mortar and pestle or with the back of a skillet. Set spices aside

  • Melt butter in same skillet on medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrots; cook and stir 7 to 8 minutes. Add cauliflower; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in sausage and toasted spices; cook 3 minutes or until heated through. Pour into greased 4-quart casserole

  • Toss cheese with flour in large bowl. Add milk, eggs and bread cubes; stir gently to moisten bread. Pour into casserole; mix gently with vegetables and sausage

  • Bake, uncovered, 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted into the center comes out clean

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 338Calories: 338Cholesterol: 146mg
  • Sodium: 497mgProtein: 16g
  • Total Fat: 18gCarbohydrate: 28g