Happy totsgiving! That will be the new official name for thanksgiving because you’ll never want to serve any other dish ever again. This weekend is Canadian thanksgiving but I have a feeling everyone reading this couldn’t care less and will make this casserole no matter what day or time it is where you are right now. Digging into this was magic. It has vegan sausage, veggies, apple, all smothered in a savory gravy, and duh, lotsa tots.
If you’re looking to make the dessert casserole get that recipe here.
MAKES 6 to 8 servings
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: 70 minutes
2 C diced white onion (about 1 large white onion)
1 C diced celery (about 2 stalks)
3 cloves garlic, 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 fresh sage, finely chopped
2 tsp beef flavoured bouillon or 2 cubes
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp vegan worcestershire
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 C frozen veggies (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 to garnish the top
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Heat skillet or stock pot over medium heat with 2 tbsp veg oil and brown the sausage for about 6 minutes. Remove browned sausage from the pot.
Add onion and celery and sauteé for 3 minutes.
Add garlic, thyme, and sage and sauté for 3 minutes.
Add bouillon, mustard, worcestershire, ground pepper, and frozen veg 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.
Add 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!
Once 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.
Taste it and see if you want to add another 1/2 tsp 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.
Transfer to an 8-inch x 11-inch casserole dish and top with the frozen tots and sprinkle with more fresh sage as garnish.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the tots are golden brown and crispy.