Slow Cooker Sausage Stew – Easy Venison Sausage Stew
Create a delicious dinner using your slow cooker with my My Slow Cooker Sausage Stew with venison sausages. It is a warming and filling dinner perfect for Autumn and Winter nights. Regular Sausages or Venison sausages both work really well.
What I love about a Slow Cooker Sausage Stew is how it can be prepared and left to cook leaving you to get on with other things. Then when you are ready to eat it will be waiting for you. This easy venison sausage stew can be put on and left until you are ready to enjoy it. It also tastes lovely with a glass of red wine.
It’s winter and a good slow cooker stew is definitely calling. I also love that I can pop it all in the slow cooker and a few hours later it’s ready. Easy food is definitely a winner in my eyes. I do love the addition of the celery leaves it adds a natural pepperiness which works so well. Earthy and delicious flavours are what makes this venison sausage slow cooker stew recipe so great.
How to make a Slow Cooker Sausage Stew
What is so wonderful about the Slow Cooker Sausage Stew is that they are so easy to make and most of it is simply pop in the slow cooker and leave it to cook through. Scroll down for the full recipe and instructions.
My slow cooker recommendation
Since I bought my slow cooker I have been a bit obsessed with trying out new recipes like this slow cooker venison sausage stew. The slow cooker I bought was the Morphy Richard’s Sear and Stew (affiliate link).
I decided on this one because the metal dish can be taken out and used on the hob like a normal pan before being placed back in the slow cooker. I’ve found this so useful for softening onions and for searing meat before setting it on its slow cooking journey.
For this venison sausage stew I seared the sausages off first. I then added the onion and reduced the heat on the hob to help soften them. Once they were done I put the dish back into the slow cooker, added the other ingredients and left it like usual. Slow cookers are so useful and I’ve loved owning one. I definitely plan to use it more this year.
What wine goes with a Slow Cooker Sausage Stew?
To go with this Slow Cooker Sausage Stew I would have to recommend a rich full bodied red like Merlot. The rich game flavour of the venison works with the red wine as a divine pairing.
I would also recommend adding a splash to the slow cooker to as it’s cooking to boost that rich red flavour into the Slow Cooker Sausage Stew too.
Making a venison sausage and bean casserole
Venison sausage and bean casserole is so easy to make and is a brilliantly healthy and of course delicious meal. The simple way to add beans to this casserole is with a tin of baked beans. Add it in with the tins of tomatoes and give it a good stir. It will work so well.
A slow cooker stew is a wonderful way to create healthy and tasty dishes. Plus I love being able to pop it in the slow cooker and walk away to find it cooking perfectly on its own.
Slow Cooker Venison Sausage Stew Recipe
Can I use venison sausages in a casserole?
Yes, you absolutely can use venison sausages in a casserole. Venison sausage casserole is absolutely delicious. I would recommend you try! In fact, nearly all the sausage types I have tried for this recipe have worked really well. Cumberland sausages are a great option too.
Venison sausages are more gamey, rich and earthy than pork sausages, resulting in a deep and more flavoursome sausage stew. I think the flavour of the venison in the sausage casserole really makes it seem like a more mid-winter meal and perfect for Christmas too.
What do I need for a venison sausage stew?
I can find most of the ingredients for the slow cooker sausage stew in most supermarkets, but you may need to go to a larger supermarket or your local butcher to find the venison sausages.
I often find these with the pork sausages, and they are always free-range as an extra ethical bonus! It is nice to know that the deer are outside and not in cages.
For this stew you’ll need ten sausages. Keep scrolling down for the full slow cooker venison sausage stew recipe.
Once you’ve located your sausages, you’ll need your other ingredients. Go to the vegetable aisle of your supermarket and get two medium onions, two cloves of garlic, two carrots and two sticks of celery. I always buy organic to guarantee quality and ensure sustainable sourcing.
You’ll need a handful of celery leaves, so pick out a pack of celery that has them included! Grab two sprigs of whole rosemary and three baking potatoes, before heading to the pasta/tomato aisle where you’ll need a 500 g carton of passata, 2 beef stock cubes and 1 vegetable stock cubes.
All these are amazing things to have around the house, and usually come in packs of multiples of six, but you will definitely use any spares quickly! Olive oil is usually found nearby, and you’ll need this too.
Lastly, the most important part; the red wine! You’ll only need a glug for the venison sausage slow cooker stew recipe, however I am sure you will find a good use for the rest of the bottle. I would recommend enjoying it with the sausage casserole.
Do you need to brown sausages before slow cooking?
No you don’t need to brown sausages before slow cooking, but you can if you like. It’s easy to brown them if you have a slow cooker that you can pop on the hob like the one I used, just put them in the metal insert, and fry them up a little before returning the insert to the cooker.
If you don’t have a similar slow cooker, you can always use a frying pan before putting them into an oven safe casserole dish / stew pot. There is something nice about a slow cooker sausage stew with slightly browned sausages. It makes the look of the finished dish look even better. Plus I’m convinced it does make the venison sausage stew even more delicious.
What can I put with sausages?
Ingredients that go well with sausages include the traditional mash potato. Baked beans are also a yummy addition. Of course you have the delicious accompaniments like chips, coleslaw, potato salad, grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, BBQ grilled vegetables like tomatoes, courgette (zucchini), peppers and asparagus. If you are cooking sausages on the BBQ.
I really like using sausages for this slow cooker sausage stew. It makes them more interesting and it’s nice to use them in a different way.
Slow Cooker Sausage stew with vegetables
For this sausage stew with vegetables I used carrots, potatoes and cellery but you could also use mushrooms, courgette, marrow or parsnip. It’s a lovely recipe to use up your vegetables. The sausage casserole really lends itself to be adapted and is perfect for using up vegetables.
I have made this Venison sausage casserole a little spicier in the past and added peppers and chilli. It tasted lovely. I’ve also added left over broccoli that needed using. The broccoli didn’t need as long as everything else so I put it in after an hour.
How long do venison sausages take to cook?
Venison sausage take roughly the same amount of time as regular sausages to cook. I prefer cooking them in the oven or slow cooker so they get a longer and slower cook time to make sure they are done the whole through. For a slow cooker, like in this recipe (scroll down to find it) it takes about 4 hours.
For a normal oven roast, 20 – 30 minutes should be plenty depending on the size of the sausages. In a frying pan, venison sausages would take 10-15 minutes depending on the size, on medium heat.
As the venison meat is game I believe it cooks better on a slightly lower heat than you’d use for normal sausages and cook for longer. The meat seems to cook and taste better for being given a little extra time to cook.
What are venison sausages?
Venison sausages are made from deer. They are often a rich a gamey type sausage which tastes incredible with mash and rich gravy.
What’s the best way to cook deer sausage?
Like regular sausages, venison sausage can be cooked in so many ways. Pop them in a frying pan on a low to medium heat and let them cook thoroughly a bit slower than regular sausage. As venison is game, it can be a little drier as they aren’t as fatty. I find that when I cook them, the lower and slower approach seems to keep the moisture and allows the meat to relax as it goes.
You can also cook deer sausage in the oven on a baking tray on their own or as part of a traybake. Deer sausage also cooks really well in a slow cooker. The meat relaxes and tastes incredible. Depending on the type and how they were made the deer sausage/ venison sausage you can sometimes have a rich smoky flavour which can infuse into the dish.
Can you put sausages straight in the slow cooker?
Yes you can put sausages straight in the slow cooker. As it heats up it will cook them. Just make sure you have it on for a good few hours. If you are worried take a sausage out and cut it open to check it is cooked.
You can add them straight in but as my slow cooker has a hob safe pot I love browning them first. This is only for aesthetics and so I can seal in the flavour a bit. I’m sure it really doesn’t make any difference for the finished slow cooker stew though.
How to make a Slow Cooker Sausage Stew
Add a little oil to the dish and using a pair of scissors or a knife to cut up the sausages. Pop the pieces to the pan
Chop the onions and add them to the pan when the sausages are cooked. Put them on a lower heat to soften them.
Turn the slow cooker on to a medium heat and put the dish back inside.Chop the garlic, celery, carrots and potatoes (above 3cm squares) and add to the pan.
Boil the kettle and make up stock using the stock cubes and about 500ml of water and add to the slow cooker with the red wine.
Add the red wine.
Stir in the passata along with a pinch or salt and pepper
Stir in the celery leaves and rosemary.
Leave on a medium heat for 5-6 hours. Giving it a stir when you can and topping up with a bit of water if it needs it.
Serve when the potato and carrot are cooked.
Sausage and baked bean casserole
If you want to add some more tasty and health ingredients to the sausage stew / sausage casserole a really easy way to do so is with baked beans. A sausage and baked bean casserole is really yummy and works very well for fussy eaters who usually love baked beans and might not want to try a casserole or slow cooker stew.
Making a sausage and baked bean casserole is also a way to add more juice to the mix. I would say if you used a tin of baked beans you would want to reduce the amount of stock you use. However if you use slow cooker or stew pan that is big enough just add in the tin of baked beans. The liquid will reduce so it’s not too important to reduce it.
It is such a quick way to add in extra fibre and vitamins to the dish. A venison sausage and bean casserole sounds really good about now.
Can you put raw potatoes in a slow cooker?
Yes absolutely can put raw potatoes in a slow cooker. There is no need to cook potatoes before adding them to a slow cooker or casserole. As long as the slow cooker is going on a while and the pieces aren’t huge they should cook. For this recipe I use raw potatoes and it works really well.
I would suggest that you check the potatoes before serving. If they aren’t cooked all the way through pop the slow cooker up to high and leave for another 20 minutes and check again. Repeat if needed.
Slow Cooker Recipe Round up – Slow Cooker Sausage Stew
This venison sausage slow cooker stew is my first ever entry for the #slowcookedchallenge being run by Farmer’s Girl Kitchen and Baking Queen 74 . They have a brilliant monthly round up of the best slow cooker recipes including main meals and even cakes! I really need to try some of the cakes 🙂
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Slow Cooker Venison Sausage Stew
- Slow Cooker
- chopping board
- 10 venison sausages cut into 2cm chunks
- olive oil
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 carrots
- 2 sticks celery
- 3 baking potatoes
- handful celery leaves
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2 beef stock cubes
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 500 ml water
- Glug of red wine
- 500 g passata
- Remove the dish from the slow cooker and put on the hob on a medium heat. (check your slow cooker dish is hob safe if not fry them in the frying pan).
- Add a little oil to the dish and using a pair of scissors or a knife to cut up the sausages. Pop the pieces to the pan
- Chop the onions and add them to the pan when the sausages are cooked. Put them on a lower heat to soften them.
- Turn the slow cooker on to a medium heat and put the dish back inside.
- Chop the garlic, celery, carrots and potatoes (above 3cm squares) and add to the pan.
- Boil the kettle and make up stock using the stock cubes and about 500ml of water and add to the slow cooker with the red wine.
- Add the red wine.
- Stir in the passata along with a pinch or salt and pepper
- Stir in the celery leaves and rosemary.
- Leave on a medium heat for 5-6 hours. Giving it a stir when you can and topping up with a bit of water if it needs it.
- Serve when the potato and carrot are cooked.
- Top with a little sprig of rosemary and best served with a glass of red wine.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.