How to make stuffed sausage casserole

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Stuffing sausages may not be something you've ever thought of doing, but once you try it you may be hooked. The recipe that follows uses onions, garlic and bacon as the sausage stuffing, smothered in cheese that will crips up nicely in the oven. Once these sausages that have the best of all worlds hit the plate, they probably won't last long.
After the sausages are stuffed, it's up to you on how you enjoy them. Nestle them on top of creamy mashed potatoes just as they are, or throw them into buns for a new twist on a barbecue favorite. However you decide to enjoy them, these are truly sausages like you've never seen them before.
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Stuffed Sausage Casserole
5 minutes
25 minutes
30 minutes
4 large Italian pork sausages
4 slices bacon, roughly chopped
1 onion, small dice
1/2 cup mushrooms, small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-by-13 casserole dish.
Place sausages in the prepared casserole dish. Slice each down the center lengthwise, making sure the knife doesn't go all the way through.
Place bacon pieces in a cold frying pan. Turn heat to medium and fry for about 5 minutes. Bacon should not be cooked through at this point.
Just before bacon turns crispy, add onion and mushrooms to the pan. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes, just until the onions and mushrooms start to soften. The bacon should be almost crisp.
Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon mixture into a bowl to remove some the excess grease.
Evenly divide the bacon stuffing among the sausages, gently tucking it into the slits already made.
Sprinkle the sausages evenly with the cheddar cheese.
Place the casserole dish into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cheese has browned and the sausages are cooked throughout.
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