Sausage with Roasted Cabbage and Butternut Squash Puree is about to be your new Whole 30 approved comfort food obsession. And I am not even exaggerating on this one. This also makes an epic holiday meal side dish if you are so inclined.
Why sausage with roasted cabbage and squash puree is a Whole 30 Comfort Food
Yep. It’s a thing. I kid you not. Sausage with roast cabbage and butternut squash puree is a Whole30 diet comfort food.
I thought I knew comfort food. And, no doubt, I thought I loved vegetables and was well rounded. You never caught me complaining about mixing my plates with an assortment of greens and starches, proteins and vitamins.
To be sure, I thought I had my bases covered with a love for all savory things. Because, I even loved obscure veggies that my friends and families turned their noses up at.
And then I tasted roasted cabbage.
How to make perfect Roasted Cabbage
My mind was blown. I’d had cabbage in soup, shredded, stir-fried, baked. But roasted. Roasted may be the definitive way to eat all of the vegetables. Have a friend that doesn’t like cabbage? Throw an extra-firm head at them and kick them out because you are about to savor possibly the best way to eat cabbage.
Roasting cabbage, much like sprouts and squash, allows the vegetable to cook slowly, softening even it’s tightly wrapped inner leaves. It caramelizes the outside and creates a gentle crunch that brings for flavors you never knew the same thing used for kraut could have.
It’s not bitter or harsh. It’s just a little honeyed with a rich punch. It is perfection and it will see many many side dishes for my comfort food season. (And then when that season is over, I’m going to grill it).
If you are not familiar with “Whole30”, then a quick explanation is in order. Whole30 is a diet plan where for thirty straight days you only eat whole foods and avoid as much processed foods as possible.
Whole30 might seem a bit similar to a paleo diet. For example, no sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy. But Whole30 goes a bit further restricting sugar.
What kind of sausage is best?
With this recipe, since it is Whole30, I go with sugar free apple sausage. But there are really so many options when it comes to sausage. Many sausages are sugar free by the way, just not all. So if you need it to stay Whole30, then keep that in mind.
Truth be told, you can use turkey, pork, or beef sausages. The thicker and short ones, like the British style “bangers” I think work best. But any of those ones ending in some form of “wurst” are best. (Yes, that sounds a bit oxymoronic, doesn’t it?)
One Pan. Fewer Dishes.
This is a simple dish, with one pan to roast the sausage and cabbage. The butternut squash puree is a bonus. You could also serve this with traditional mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roasted potatoes or even whipped cauliflower if you are feeling brave.
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Sausage with Roasted Cabbage and Butternut Squash Puree
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- Slice the cabbage into wedges. Arrange in the center of a large foil lined baking tray.
- Core, remove seeds and cut the butternut squash in half. Arrange on either side of the cabbage.
- Drizzle olive oil over the cabbage and squash. Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes; Flip the cabbage, nestle the sausages into the pan and roast for 20 minutes longer.
- Meanwhile, whisk the mustard, mayo, coconut aminos, salt and pepper, with the melted ghee in a small bowl to make the sauce.
- Carefully scoop the roasted squash from the skin and puree with ghee.
- Serve the cabbage wedges and sausages over the butternut squash with a drizzle of the mustard sauce and fresh thyme or toasted caraway seeds.