Video guide to roast sausage bake
Hi there, Matt Dawson here and how about this for a cook-along? We've got roasted Lincolnshire sausages with roast peppers and roast butternut squash. I keep saying roast because we're going to put it in one pan, one baking tray, and we're going to roast it all together.
Choose Lincolnshire sausages
Now, the secret to this are the sausages. You have got to have top quality sausages. I'm using Lincolnshire sausages and they are just so, so good.
Chop the vegetables
And to go with those sausages, you've got to have decent veg. It's the peppers, it's the sweet potato, it's the butternut squash. They're all just going to go straight in. Get them in, don't mess about. I probably need to do a little bit more pepper, what colour shall I go for? I'm going to go for red. Maybe just cut the cheek off, save that put it in the fridge, that'll keep for a few days and then just nice finely slice it, bang it in a salad, stir fry, it's all available, absolutely no problem.
Add fresh tomatoes and onion
So let's just quickly chop it, that's about right, got the portions right. I'm going to put some tomatoes and onion. Here we go, I have peeled this onion already but notice that I've kept the knot, the root, the core, and the reason why I've done it is so that when I cut it in quarters through that core, you'll see it in a minute, bear with me. They stay together. And so when that roasts and the moisture comes out of the onion, they don't separate and you won't just get one peel, leaf or slice of onion, you're going to get a nice quarter. So bang those in. I'm going to put two onions in there.
Add fresh thyme
Some lovely cherry tomatoes on the vine. You could put them in but we want to spread them around a little bit. Anyway, we're going to put those tomatoes into there as well. We've got some thyme. Stroke some leaves off the thyme. Yeah, that's going to work. Again, if the stalks go in, don't worry about it, just make sure you count how many stalks you put in and then you count them out so that you don't get a mouthful and end up spitting it out, which is not going to be particularly pleasant. So I'm going to put one whole one in, remember that for me, one whole one, and then lots of individual leaves of thyme.
Right, get that in there, sprinkle it all around. Seasoning. Salt, pepper, season, bringing out all of those flavours. And then olive oil, as nice olive as you can. All of that in, that's probably a tablespoon, couple of tablespoons. And you could use groundnut oil, sunflower oil, you could use rapeseed oil as well.
I'm going in! Be careful of the tomatoes, don't squash the tomatoes. I have to talk a bit louder because it's going to make a bit of noise. But generally make sure that everything in your dish is covered in oil. It's going to cook nice and evenly. And make sure you get a bit of thyme on everything as well, so pick up the bits of thyme and sprinkle them over your vegetables.
OK, I don't know how that escaped but that's going in as well. And then, don't need to worry about my hands quite yet. Sausages, so I've got eight sausages, get them in and again, give them a little bit of a rub, show some of the olive oil love, bit of thyme, salt and pepper, seasoning. Don't forget those two.
Oven bake for 25 minutes
I've milked that, haven't I, really? I've milked that for a good couple of minutes to prepare it. I could have done that in about 45 seconds. That's how quick this dish is going to be. Because nothing else other than banging that in the oven for about 25 minutes, that's going in and that's going to come out caramelised.
And look at that. Doesn't that just look so inviting? I don't want to mess around with it, to be honest. I've got a dish here that pretty much, that's going to be it. Why don't we just scrape all of that into there? I can just imagine mums coming home, or dads coming home, from a hard day's work, kids are after - they want sausages for supper and you're thinking, 'have I got to stand over a pan and watch them cook? Or put them under a grill?' And all of a sudden, from chopping up some vegetables, banging them into a dish. You're probably going to have to go and do their homework for them in that 25 minutes, to be fair.
Prepare to serve your tasty sausage bake
Nearly escaped me. When you come downstairs in about half an hour's time, that is what is going to be waiting for you. Roasted Lincolnshire sausages with sweet potato and butternut squash.