Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Favorites

Autumn Medley: Roasted Apples, Sweet Potatoes and Sausage Bake

Cook's notes: Autumn-y herbs, like sage, basil, and rosemary are great seasoning for this dish. Use two apples one that is both sweet (Fuji or Gala) and tart (Granny). Red Delicious may be too sweet once roasted. Winter squash can be substituted for the sweet potato, if you’d like. Fresh turkey sausage works well but if you can find sausage with apple or maple flavoring added that would be even better. Serve Autumn Medley with a green salad. Recipe adapted from budgetbytes
  • 1 medium red onion 
  • 1½ lbs (2 small or one large) sweet potato 
  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 TB. olive oil or Herb Olive Oil 
  • 1 tsp dried basil 
  • 1 tsp dried sage 
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper (10-15 cranks of a mill) 
  • 2 links (2/3 lb.) turkey sausage
  • optional:handful fresh parsley (optional/garnish) 
  • optional: parsnips, rutabagas or yellow squash
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the apples and onion into one-inch chunks. Peel the sweet potato and cut it into one-inch chunks as well.
  • Place the chopped apples, onions, and sweet potatoes in a large 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Add the olive oil, basil, sage, rosemary, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper. Toss until everything is well coated in oil and herbs.
  • Nestle the sausage down into the casserole dish. Transfer the casserole dish to the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes. Stir once and flip the sausage at the 25 minute mark.
  • After removing the dish from the oven, slice the sausage into thin medallions and add it back to the dish. Sprinkle with chopped, fresh parsley if desired.
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  1. Ah, roasted veggies...I really need to make these. My daughter and her husband treated me to birthday brunch at The Red Stag Supper Club in ne Minneapolis on Sunday and I ordered the roasted vegetable dish. Loved, loved, loved it.

  2. And yes you too can make this delicious dish. Perhaps Randy will like it more than you think. It does have juicy sausage pieces.