Sausage & veg tray bake recipe

This has to be the easiest and fastest midweek dinner suggestion ever. I tried it myself and was delighted at how much flavour comes out of so little effort. I have appropriated RecipeTin’s recipe by adding a few extras I like but credit for the principle must go to Nagi from RecipeTin for what really is an ingenious dinner life-saver.

This is a one-tray meal which makes preparation, cooking and cleaning all so effortless. Almost entirely hands off and no stress, I couldn’t think of a better way to feed yourself and your family on those days when the thought of cooking makes you want to scream!

I find if you pre-heat the oven, cut up the vegetables, fill the tray and place in the oven as soon as you walk in the door from work, you are only 40 minutes from dinner. This gives you plenty of time to unpack, have a shower and get into something more comfortable, pour a glass of whatever you like and put on the tv. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • 8 – 10 sausages
  • Oil spray
  • 700 g potatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3 – 5 cm sections
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, peeled but whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Gravy Powder OR
    • 2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 cups chicken or beef stock
    • Fresh thyme

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/390F (standard) or 180C/350F (fan / convection).
  2. Place Vegetable ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well to coat.
  3. Add sausages and toss briefly.
  4. Transfer into roasting pan. Pan should be of a size so the vegetables are stacked about 2 deep. Rearrange sausages so they are on top. Pour in wine, season well and toss again with a spoon.
  5. In the same bowl used for the vegetables, add butter and flour. Whisk.
    Add a bit of beef broth and whisk, then whisk in remaining broth. (Don’t worry if you end up with some floating butter bits).
  6. Pour down the side of the pan (don’t pour over the sausages or veggies).
    Optional: Spray sausages with oil – browns slightly better (especially lean sausages).
  7. Bake 25 minutes. Turn sausages. Bake for a further 25 minutes or until sausages are browned and potatoes are soft.
  8. Serve Sausages and Vegetables with Gravy on top, garnished with fresh thyme leaves if desired. (See notes for Gravy thickness adjustment).
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