We recently spent a week with my family at their timeshare in the mountains of Virginia. This specific timeshare is one of my favorites. As we arrived, my dad had a fire going in the fireplace of the wood cabin we stayed in. With the leaves falling and the chill in the arm, it just inspires a feeling of contentment.
One of the more stressful points for me in previous years has been dinner time. My parents schedule and my mini-ions schedule don’t frequently jive. In an effort to make this “business trip” less stressful, I volunteered to make dinner a couple of the nights (with my two mini-ions along, we barely ever eat out – it’s just an exercise in frustration).
I found this recipe that I think, tastes what autumn should taste like. Conveniently, it is called Autumn Sausage Casserole. It cooks in the crockpot and just enhances the smells of nature and a wood burning fire. I got it from here who got it from a Taste of Home magazine. It is perfect after a day raking leaves, hiking in the woods, or chasing after mini-ions. I love it and even my dad said it had nice flavor (what?). I brought it to my MOM’s group potluck trunk or treat and had requests for the recipe (here you go, E!).
Autumn Sausage Casserole
-1lb sausage, already cooked (I used ground pork sausage)
-2 small apples, chopped (with peels)
-1 yellow onion, chopped
-1 carrot, chopped
-3 cups already cooked rice (I’ve used minute rice and basmati rice)
-1/2 cup raisins
-1 T dried parsley
-1 T brown sugar
-1/2 tsp allspice
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1/3 cup water
Dump it all in the crockpot, stir. Cook on low for 5-7 hours or on high for 3-4 until heated through and vegetables are soft. It has the consistency of fried rice. Feeds 4-6 adults.
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