**picks self up and resumes usual air of sophistication**
So tell me something. Have you had a sausage this week? No?! Well then you should! It's British Sausage Week don'tcha know - cunningly coinciding with the week of Bonfire Night. More bangers than you can shake a (cocktail) stick at!
(photo borrowed from the t'interweb with thanks)
One of the freebie supermarket magazines this week had a lovely recipe for roasted sausage bake. Now oddly enough, I can't stand sausage casserole! It gives me the creeps. (bad experience with flaccid pink undercooked sausages lurking in a watery tomato sauce = scarred for life). Bleurgh! However this is more of a dry roasted dish; warming, filling and very flavoursome indeed!
So - you will need 6 Beautiful Plumptious British Bangers, 3 cloves garlic (crushed), 1/2 a butternut squish, cut into cubes, a good sprinkle of dried rosemary, some olive oil, 1lb of new tatoes, 2 large parsnips cut into cubes, and if you like a bit of a kick to your meal, add some dried chilli flakes too. (We also added peppers, a few mushrooms and a carrot - cos we're bad ass!).
It's the simplest thing - just basically toss everything together in a roasting pan and bake in the oven until the veg are soft and melting, and the sausage is brown and cooked through. We par-boiled the potatoes to give them a head start and found that this was needed as otherwise they'd still have been a little bullet like. Nothing else was required, apart from a little onion marmalade or cranberry sauce perhaps by way of a savoury/sweet contrast.
See you soon!