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sticky sausage tray bake

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.

A sticky sausage traybake consisting of potatoes, red onions, parsips, beetroot, carrot and squash topped with fresh bay and roasted serving bowls and a salt dish behind.

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.

A sticky sausage traybake consisting of potatoes, red onions, parsnips, beetroot, carrot and squash topped with fresh bay and roasted serving bowls and a salt dish behind.

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!

a sticky sausage traybake with chopped carrots, squash, parsnips, beetroot and red onions and potatoes on an old wooden backdrop ready for the oven to roast.
Place all the vegetables in a large roasting tray, drizzle over oil and season well

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!

A sticky sausage traybake from above consisting of potatoes, red onions, parsnips, beetroot, carrot and squash topped with fresh bay and roasted serving bowls and a salt dish behind.

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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A large pan filled with roasted carrots, squash, parsnips, red onions and sticky coated sausages on an old wooden backdrop ready to eat.

Sticky Sausage Tray Bake

Sticky sausage tray bake, a beautiful mix of roasted vegetables with sausages sticky with maple syrup. A great one tray dish for feeding the family.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 846kcal


  • 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.


We have used a mix of vegetables that work well together. However, if there is anything that you don’t like then simply leave out or substitute with another vegetable. For example a sweet potato would work well in place of normal potatoes.
Nutrition Facts
Sticky Sausage Tray Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 846 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 990mg43%
Potassium 2372mg68%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 25152IU503%
Vitamin C 94mg114%
Calcium 217mg22%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : British
Keyword : Onepot, Simple
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Recipe Rating

Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

You know how much I like a traybake... especially one as delicious sounding as this! I love your idea to add maple syrup for extra sticky-ness :-D Eb x


Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Thanks Eb, great praise indeed from another tray bake lover. This is on the plan for Bonfire Night to make sure we are all fed before heading to the cold! And being Canadian - maple syrup is always a staple!:-) Cheers, Michelle x

Cat | Curly's Cooking

Thursday 17th of October 2019

This sounds delicious! I love tray bakes and I love sausages. Your hassle back potatoes make this look extra special too. Fantastic recipe!


Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thanks Cat, the hassle backs just make it look a little different, not to mention more space to throw some garlic butter over!:-) Cheers, Michelle


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Yum! Sausages are a big favourite here and I love a big tasty traybake! Sounds delicious.


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Thank you Donna, me too. The entire dinner ready on one tray - very little effort for a lot of taste! Lesley x

Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I do love a traybake! It's such an easy way to put dinner on the table and also include as many different veggies as possible! Yours look super delicious and just looking at it is making me hungry! And those sticky sausages...Yum!


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Thank you Jo. I've been on a crusade to increase the amount of vegetables in my daily diet and this recipe does that perfectly. Of course the sticky maple sausages made sure all the family devoured it!. Lesley x

Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

This is an absolutely beautiful meal—but budget friendly and easy! LOVE IT. Your tips for adapting the recipe are also brilliant!


Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Thanks so much Michelle. I love these kind of meals when its a busy night. My teens are not great with vegetables anymore (peer pressure!) but it means I can load it up and everyone gets something they like. Cheers, Michelle