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Sticky Sausage Traybake

Sticky sausage tray bake, a colourful mix of roasted root vegetables with sausages that have been coated in maple syrup. A great one pan dish, with minimal preparation, ideal for feeding the family and a perfect mid week dinner dish.

A large oven proof dish filled with roasted vegetables, hassleback potatoes and cooked sausages.

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. This is low effort cooking as aside from prepping veggies, there is little effort required. I am firmly of the opinion that we all need dishes like this in our repertoire.

I love to roast root vegetables as it really brings out their sweetness. However, if roasted roots aren’t your thing then substitute with vegetables that you do like. I’ve made some suggestions later in the post.

This root vegetable and sausage bake is an assembly job starting with the vegetable and herb base. The addition of potatoes means these can roast alongside the other veggies, avoiding the need to cook them separately.

A large oven proof dish filled with raw root vegetables, hassleback potatoes and fresh herbs.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Everything is cooked in one tray which not only makes this dish simple to prepare, but also saves on the washing up.
  • Hands on preparation time is minimal then everything goes into the oven.
  • Use gluten free sausages for a gluten free sausage traybake.
  • Packed full of colourful veggies which go a long way towards your 5-a-day.

Recipe ingredients

  • Flavor base – I start off with a base of red onion, garlic and celery. You could also use shallots or a leek.
  • Vegetables – I use a butternut squash along with a selection of root vegetables including carrots, parsnips and beetroot.
  • Squash – use any variety of smaller squash, I’ve opted for a butternut squash as it’s available in my supermarket all year round.
  • Potato – I used 8 medium sized new potatoes which I leave whole. You can use a larger potato and cut it up, or swap regular potato for sweet potatoes.
  • Herbs – I add bay leaves, thyme leaves and fennel seeds to flavour this dish.
  • Oil – for the best flavour I like to use olive oil, but you can use sunflower or rapeseed oil in this dish too.
  • Sausages use any variety or flavour of sausage in this dish. I used 8 good quality pork sausages allowing 2 per person.
  • Maple syrup – I coated the sausages in maple syrup to make them sticky, you could also use honey.
  • Seasoning – seasoning is kept simple with some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

How to make sausage traybake

  • Preheat the oven at 200C/180CFan/390F.
  • Prepare all the vegetables.
  • If you want to make hasselback potatoes like I have done here, rest the potato on board and use a sharp knife to slice 3/4 way through the potatoes, taking care not to go all the way through. Otherwise, leave the potatoes whole.

TOP TIP: I find it helps to rest the potatoes between 2 chopsticks, which stop the knife from going all the way through the potato (see photo above).

  • Place all the vegetables, thyme, bay leaves and fennel seeds in a large oven proof tray with high sides.
  • Pour over the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Place in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove the tray from the oven and give the vegetables a good mix up to stop them 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, turning the sausages over mid way through.
  • Once the sausages have a nice golden skin, remove from the oven and serve immediately.
A large oven proof dish filled with roasted vegetables, hassleback potatoes and cooked sausages.

Recipe variations

This recipe is easily adapted, here are some suggestions:

  • Make a Mediterranean sausage traybake by swapping the root vegetables for Mediterranean vegetables combining bell 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.
  • If using peppers, courgettes and aubergine, an Italian style pork sausage would be perfection!
  • Swap regular potato for sweet potato instead.
  • I have used a good quality pork sausages in this recipe. However, use the variety 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.
  • Maple syrup is great with savoury food, but can be easily swapped for honey.
A large oven proof dish filled with roasted vegetables, hassleback potatoes and cooked sausages.

Useful hints and tips

  1. The garlic is cooked in it’s skin as it is very easy to burn and burnt garlic really doesn’t taste great. By leaving the skin on the garlic, this allows the garlic to soften and become beautifully caramelised. Simply remind your diners to pop the garlic out of the skin before they eat it.
  2. Only add the sausages mid way through the cook or you risk them overcooking and burning, particularly as they are coated in maple syrup.
  3. Use gluten free sausages and to make this a gluten free sausage traybake.
  4. Containing no dairy this side dish is suitable for dairy free diners.
  5. Allergy advice: gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soya free and nut free. For comprehensive and detailed allergy advice go to Allergy UK.

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A large oven proof dish filled with roasted vegetables, hassleback potatoes and cooked sausages.

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: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 846kcal

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking tray
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • 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 olive oil
  • 560 g good quality pork sausages (approx 8, allowing 2 per person)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 200C/180CFan/390F.
  • Place all the vegetables, thyme, bay leaves and fennel seeds in a large oven proof tray with high sides.
  • If you want to make hasselback potatoes, rest the potato on board and use a sharp knife to slice 3/4 way through the potatoes, taking care not to go all the way through. Otherwise, leave the potatoes whole.
  • Pour over the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Place in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove the tray from the oven and give the vegetables a good mix up to stop them 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, turning the sausages over mid way through.
  • Once the sausages have a nice golden skin, remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Notes

I 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.
You can also swap the root based vegetables for Mediterranean vegetables like aubergine, courgette and fennel.
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 : easy sausage traybake, Onepot, Simple, simple sausage traybake
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Recipe Rating




Sally

Saturday 17th of February 2024

I absolutely love recipes like this, delicious flavours and it's all done in one tray. The sticky glaze was a huge hit.

Lesley

Monday 19th of February 2024

Thank you Sally, this is such an easy recipe, perfect for mid week dinners.

Chloe

Friday 16th of February 2024

Yum! I loved doing the hassle-back potatoes, I find then oddly relaxing to cut and love how they cook just that bit quicker!

Lesley

Friday 16th of February 2024

Hasselback potatoes work really well in this dish, they have a lovely crisp texture.

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

Michelle

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!

Michelle

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

Donna

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

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

Lesley

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