Vegan sausage cabbage bake. Sometimes a recipe catches your eye and you simply won't rest until you've cooked it. And then you know why. It was the best dagnammit thing you ever did taste.
Stuffed cabbage in the Troo style from Tamasin Day-Lewis’s Good-Tempered Food, (but is in fact a Jane Grigson recipe) was such an auspicious dish. It is layers of blanched savoy cabbage and good quality sausage meat, seasoned and dotted with butter, baked in a moderate oven for two hours. Less a vegan sausage casserole and more of a bake, this nonetheless produces a delicious "jus" which is perfect poured over the top.
I veganised this family favourite by using vegan sausages (my favourite are those made by Linda McCartney) and, of course, vegan butter!
I added my own Irish touch to this by putting a couple of layers of sliced potatoes on the top which crisped up around the edges.
It is a sensational tasting dish for such simple ingredients and it takes no time at all to prepare. I serve it with some fresh boiled carrots and some simple green beans. If you omit the sliced potatoes, it is delicious with mashed potato too, with the vegan sausagy-cabbagy cooking liquor that has congregated at the bottom of the dish poured over the top.
This is also a great way to persuade cabbage hating children (or adults!) to rethink their ideas about this under loved brassica!
- Cabbage. Use Savoy or similar, it has a better flavour than white cabbage. Red cabbage won't work.
- Vegan Sausages. I use THIS brand, but Richmond also make great vegan sausages. Use your favourite brand.
- Vegan Butter. Use your favourite brand.
- Salt and Pepper.
- Potato, peeled and cut into thin slices. This is optional but it adds a delicious topping.
- Cut the cabbage into thick slices and parboil until almost cooked.
- Drain, leave to cool whilst prepping the sausage.
- Many vegan sausages have a "skin" on them now so, taking a sharp knife, run it down the side of the sausage and peel off the skin.
- Flatten the sausages.
- Assemble your ingredients. You will be layering up the cabbage and sausage with seasoning and butter on each layer.
- Using a round baking dish, about 8" dia. first place a layer of cabbage, enough to cover the bottom of the dish.
- Place three of the flattened vegan sausages on the cabbage layer and dot with butter. Season.
- Repeat this cabbage/sausage layer, then finish with a layer of cabbage.
- Place the layer of sliced potatoes on top (if using), seasoning once more, and dotting with butter.
- Bake in a low temperature oven (about 150c) for at least an hour, but more is better, up to 3 hours.
- Once baked, remove from oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes, just to setup, then cut into wedges and serve.
- You can also cover with foil and, when cold, refrigerate for the next day.
Other simple vegan supper dishes
- Easy and Delicious Cajun Tacos
- Easy Lasagne
- Quick and Easy Tofu Bowl
- Comforting vegan Shepherds Pie
- Sag Aloo
- Matsunomi-No-Cha-Han Japanese Brown Fried Rice
- Easy Vegan Mushroom Rice
- Savoy Cabbage large, shredded thickly
- 6 Vegan Sausages thawed
- 1 Potato peeled, thinly sliced (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Butter vegan
- Preheat the oven to 160c.
- Grease the bottom and sides of a round, roughly 8" ovenproof dish, with a lid
- Bring a large pan of unsalted water to the boil. Throw in the shredded cabbage and cook until just tender but still bright green.
- Drain and plunge into cold water.
- Put a third of the cabbage (squeezing out the water first) in the bottom of your dish. Season well and dot with vegan butter.
- Add half the vegan sausages, flattened with the palm of your hand, to make a sausage layer.
- Repeat, using up all the sausages, remembering to season the layers of cabbage, and ending with a layer of cabbage (you can now add a layer of sliced potatoes if you want).
- Dot the final layer of cabbage with butter, cover with greaseproof paper, and replace the lid.
- Bake in the oven for at least 1 hours but will happily sit there for 2.
- Serve with some simple boiled vegetables. The cabbage and sausage will produce a delicious liquor which can be poured over everything else.