Cabbage and sausage casserole
Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 2½ hours. Servings: 4 to 6.
An absurdly simple yet satisfying casserole is all I want in life come wintertime. Whether you're layering seasonal root vegetables, substantial proteins, creamy cheeses, eggy pasta, or all of the above, a slow-cooked oven dish is an unrivaled antidote to cold days. Fact. Made for sharing and enjoying slowly, this meal is the definition of comfort. It truly epitomizes the recently popularized Danish concept of hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah"), a word that most closely translates to the English word "coziness."
This season, get your hygge on with a rustic casserole of cabbage and sausage. Since this economical and widely available vegetable naturally sweetens when cooked long enough, it's a natural choice for the low-and-slow treatment at work here. Paired with sausage, the dish is something classic and reminiscent of Eastern European favorites like stuffed cabbage — a deconstructed version you won't want to stop eating. Make it and invite your closest friends over. Double it and freeze for another day's hygge fest. Eat it for dinner and take it for lunch the next day. Whatever you do, give this dish a go! You won't be sorry.
This splendid casserole — aka my spirit animal — is prepared with three down-to-earth ingredients: green cabbage, sausage, and butter. You may even have all of these things at home already. Effortless layers of blanched cabbage leaves play beautifully with zesty Italian sausage and dots of rich butter. Baked at a low temp for more than two hours, this is the kind of dinner that gives you the blissful gift of time. While it hangs out happily in the oven, you can up the hygge ante with quiet reading, a game of chess, or good conversation.