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Roasted Sausage With Broccoli And Fennel

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (about 3 or 4 links) good-quality pork sausage, removed from casings and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 small heads of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into thin slices, about 1/4-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp whole-grain mustard
  • Finely grated zest and one 1 teaspoon of juice from 1 small lemon
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper, or a lesser amount of red pepper flakes or cayenne (omit if you're using spicy sausage)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425° F.

  2. Combine broccoli florets and sliced fennel in a shallow casserole or baking dish. You want them to fit snugly in a single, even layer.

  3. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, whole-grain mustard, lemon juice and zest, and Aleppo pepper.

  5. Add to broccoli and fennel and toss well to coat evenly.

  6. Nestle the pieces of sausage among the broccoli and fennel.

  7. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until the broccoli and fennel are tender and the sausage is no longer pink.

  8. For extra security, you can toss about halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.

  9. Optional but highly recommended: Heat broiler, and place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the sausage and slightly char the broccoli and fennel in spots. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice if needed.

  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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