Sticky sausage tray bake, a colourful mix of roasted vegetables with sausages sticky with maple syrup. A great one tray dish for feeding the family.
Sticky sausage tray bake is one of those dishes I turn to when I want something tasty but don’t want to slave over the stove. Aside from preparing the vegetables there is little effort required. I am firmly of the opinion that we all need dishes like this in our repertoire. Recipes for those days when we don’t have time to spend preparing food. However, regardless of time, we still want to put up a dish that the family will happily eat.
This sticky sausage tray bake is one such dish. These kind of tray bake cooks are the ones I turn to after a long Autumn day spent tidying up my garden. Tasty, warming and requiring very little in the way of actual hands-on cooking! But something I can prepare earlier in the day and pop into a hot oven. Warm on the table when I’m ready to come indoors again and are looking for comforting food to heat me up from the inside out.
For those days I do like to cook a one pan tray dish and this sticky sausage tray bake does the job beautifully. This dish is an assembly job starting with the vegetable and herb base. The addition of potatoes means these can roast alongside the vegetables, avoiding the need to cook them separately.
Start by roasting the vegetables for 30 minutes before adding the maple syrup soaked sausages to the pan. Firstly, you don’t want the sausages to overcook and secondly you don’t want all the vegetables covered in maple syrup.
The syrup adds a lovely flavour to the sausages. However, the vegetables are sweet once roasted and don’t require any extra sweetness added. The entire meal cooked in one pot, with the bonus that not only does it save time in preparation but also with the washing up!
What substitutions can I make?
At this time of year, when the days start to shorten and the temperature drops outside, I want to sit down to warming plates of food. I love root vegetables but I reckon roasting them is one of my favourite ways to enjoy them.
However, if roasted roots really aren’t your thing then substitute with vegetables that you do like. For example you could combine, peppers, aubergine, onion, garlic and courgette. If doing this I would suggest substituting the maple syrup with some runny honey instead. Honey will work better with this selection of vegetables.
You could also leave the potatoes off the dish or replace them with sweet potato instead. Just adjust the cooking time to suit.
I have used a good quality pork sausage in this recipe, as that’s what my family like to eat. However you could add whatever type of sausage you like to eat. A good beef sausage would work just as well, or something like a pork and leek or a Cumberland sausage.
If using peppers, courgettes and aubergine, I think an Italian style port sausage would be perfection!
Points to note:
It’s worth mentioning that for this dish the garlic has been cooked in it’s skin. It is very easy to burn and burnt garlic really doesn’t taste that great. By leaving the skin on the garlic, this will allow the garlic to soften and become beautifully caramelised. Simply remind your diners to pop the garlic out of the skin before they eat it.
Also you will see from the photos that we have prepared the potatoes a little differently for baking. Rather than roast then whole, we have cut part-way through them, as you would for hasselback potatoes. This gives them a layered look, with each cut going beautifully crispy round the edges.
However, cutting the potatoes in this way is not entirely necessary. If you prefer just leave them whole, or for larger potatoes, cut into chunks.
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If you like this recipe then try our Cajun Chicken & Vegetable Tray Bake; or Lemon & Paprika Chicken Kebabs; or our Easy Chicken Tacos; our Spaghetti Bolognese; or our Pork & Peanut Stirfry. All great family meals that are tasty and quick to prepare.
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Sticky Sausage Tray Bake
- 2 red onions – cut into wedges
- 6 cloves garlic – skin kept on
- 2 sticks celery – sliced
- 1 butternut squash – peeled, de-seeded & cubed
- 2 medium carrots – peeled & cut into batons
- 2 medium parsnip – peeled & cut into batons
- 3 medium beetroot – peeled & cubed
- 8 medium new potatoes – skin left on
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 small handful thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 560 g good quality pork sausages – approx 8, allowing 2 per person
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- salt & pepper
- Place all the vegetables, thyme, bay leaves and fennel seeds in a large oven proof tray with high sides. Pour over the sunflower oil and season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Place in a pre-heated oven at 180CFan for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes remove the tray from the oven and give the vegetables a good mix up to stop any sticking to the bottom of the tray.
- In a separate bowl pour the maple syrup over the pork sausages and mix to combine. Place the sausages on top of the vegetables and place the tray back in the oven for a further 30 minutes.
- Once the sausages have a nice golden skin, remove from the oven and serve immediately.