Monday, January 2, 2012

Quick and easy sausage supper

 I love Christmas and look forward to it every year, all the parties, the food, presents and family. Though I do love all these things, after the crescendo of Christmas day I crave some peace and Quiet.  So Nancy I ran away to Pender Harbour on the day after boxing day for two nights of rest and relaxation.  We cooked food left over in the fridge from the holidays played a lot of Quiddler and worked on some appetizers for New Years.

The weather was not perfect with little shots of sun bathing the local hills and islands for a few moments then moving on. But very conducive to rest and relaxation.  We arrived up there at about 6:00 and we were hungry, so after a very quick reconnoiter of what we had available we came up with this dish which will I believe go down as another Pender Harbour classic like Sunday night sausage and potato dinner While Nancy was turning on the water turning up the heat I turned the oven on to 400 and pulled the ingredients out of the bags we had brought.

6 small nugget potatoes halved
4 mild itatlian sausage chopped (these were from Hopcott's )
1/2 white onion chopped in to large chunks
6 whole mini sweet peppers (also from Hopcott's)
2 carrots sliced fairly thickly
1 clove of garlic sliced
4 tablespoons of olive oil.
A handful of fresh herbs we used parsley as that is what we had.

Throw all these ingredients into a roasting tin toss in the olive oil and salt and pepper.

Put this in the oven, for about 1/2 an hour to 3/4 depending on the size of your potatoes. This is just enough time to enjoy a glass of wine and a game of quiddler.

The vegetables and sausage should be browned around the edges, soft on the inside.  There is something about roasting almost anything that concentrates the flavours and brings out the natural sweetness in almost.

We enjoyed this with a quick salad made of tomatoes cucumber green onion and fresh basil tossed in olive oil and white wine vinegar.  The cold crisp acidic salad really went well with this easy one dish meal.  Had I remembered to line the roasting tin with tine foil there would have been very little clean up as well.

The next day we experimented with roasting broccoli.  We both love roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts so why not broccoli?

I roasted them along with the remainder of the baby sweet peppers with a little olive oil in a 350 oven along with the baby back ribs we were having for dinner.  And I can report that yes broccoli like almost every thing else is better roasted.

1 comment:

  1. Love those quick wonder meals......also, wasn't that a splendid illumination of the view against that dark sky!