I don't like working with uncooked sausage because so often you're asked to remove it from its casing. And that procedure is nasty enough to make me lose my appetite. But this one allows you to leave the sausage in its virginal state, so I was able to prepare the recipe without too much dry heaving. And cooked sausage is well worth the torture it puts my gag reflect through. The amounts and varieties of ingredients here are very forgiving: use a green pepper, use different potatoes, or use different seasonings. The end result, as I made it, was delicious. Husband claimed the leftovers for lunch the next day before he'd even finished eating. The kids ate the potatoes and sausage voluntarily and begrudgingly ate the few vegetable pieces I insisted upon.
Apparently it reheated well, so I think this would also be a good meal to bring to a pot luck or to a family that just had a baby or something along those lines. Hence the label I'm going to create right now: good for sharing. Not creative at all, but it's enough to jog my memory. I think it might be redundant with my "potluck" label, but I'll just use both to be safe.
1.5 pounds potatoes [I used red]
1 medium onion
2 red bell peppers
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary (fresh or dry)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
olive oil spray
1 pound uncooked Italian chicken sausage
(1) Preheat oven to 375°. Spray one large non-stick baking sheet (or 2 small ones) with olive oil spray. Line with foil first if desired.
(2) Scrub potatoes. Leave skin on if desired. Cut into 1x1/2" pieces.
(3) De-seed red peppers. Cut into 1" pieces.
(4) In a large bowl, combine potatoes, peppers, olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic powder. Mix well to ensure even coating.
(5) Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and place in the center of the oven; bake 15 minutes.
(6) While cooking, peel onion. Cut into quarters; cut outer layers one more time so pieces are uniform size. Separate layers.
(7) Slice each sausage link into 6 or 7 pieces.
(8) Add the sausage and onions to the baking sheet. Continue to bake, tossing once or twice, for 25-35 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Monitor carefully to ensure vegetables don't char.
Kid Participation: None. And exposing them to uncooked sausage might turn them into vegetarians.