Friday, 3 April 2015
Believe it or not this is my most popular recipe of all time (next to the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake.) It's lived for quite a time now over on my Big Blue Binder and I thought it was about time I moved it over here so my English Kitchen readers can enjoy it as well. This is a really delicious oven baked meal that will have your family scrambling for seconds. I guarantee. It's a bit healthier however because it is baked and not fried. There is cheese though . . . but when is that ever a bad thing?
Smoked Sausage was not something that was a familiar ingredient in my home when I was growing up. I had never even heard of it. I discovered it shortly after I moved out to Western Canada as a young Bride . . .and it was love at first bite. Kielbasa . . . Polish Sausage . . . whatever you call it. It's delicious and it's also a very versatile ingredient to have in your refrigerator or freezer. It comes in very useful and means that you will always have a delicious and quick, if simple, meal ready to hand when you want it.
This is something that I used make every so often for my family through the years. It used things that I always had on hand . . . potatoes, onions . . . smoked sausage, cheese . . . and it went together very quickly, which was a real bonus with 5 growing children and a big house to care for!
Simple, delicious and economical . . . all plus's in a young mum's books! Add to that the fact that my kids loved it, and you had a real winner on your hands.
It's not something I make really often these days . . . let's face it, my aging thighs don't need all those calories . . . and it's probably not the healthiest dish for people to indulge in very often, but as a once in a blue moon treat, and a store cupboard meal, it goes down as a real treat.
It's also very easy to double or halve, which makes it pretty convenient as well.
*Oven Roasted Smoked Sausage and Potatoes*
An easy and simple meal that is also economical . . . oh, and pretty delicious too!!
1 package of smoked sausage
(Peel if necessary, and slice into rounds)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
5 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
a handful of grated strong cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Line a large baking tray (with sides) with several sheets of foil, and drizzle with a bit of oil. Spread the oil out over the pan. Set aside.
Put the sausage rounds, onions and potatoes into a large bowl. Drizzle with a couple TBS of olive oil and season to taste with salt, pepper, paprika and dried thyme. Toss together with your hands until everything is evenly distributed. Pour this out onto the baking tray, and spread it out as much as you can.
Place into the heated oven and roast for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender. Turn off the oven. Scatter the cheese over top of the cooked meat and potatoes, Pop back into the oven a few minutes to melt the cheese. Serve immediately.
NOTE: I would not use any more than 1/2 tsp of the dried thyme, unless you really, really like the flavour of thyme.