I love Nigella Lawson – I love her skin, her accent, her recipes, her skin….okay before I get to “silence of the Lambs” here – lets talk Tray Bake. Nigella uses butter and olive oil in everything, i think this is why her skin is so amazing….sorry, I’m wandering again……
I saw Nigella Lawson do Italian Tray Bake on her TV show years ago – and have done my own versions ever since. She doesnt have the recipe posted online or I’d link to it. We cannot get the cute little sausages she gets in England in my neck of the woods, so I substitute some sweet Italian sausage. If you like you can mix sweet and hot Italian sausage if you like. The opportunities to use up veggies here are endless. You could use Andoullie, corn on the cob, potatoes, onions, garlic and Creole seasoning and make a completely different flavored dish. Use shrimp instead of sausage, or chicken instead of shrimp. Just adjust when things go in the oven by how long it will take each ingredient to finish cooking.
Of course, root veggies work the best, but spring veggies like mushrooms and asparagus are great also. Timing is everything. Not every ingredient will cook at the same rate and be done at the same time, so I split this into step 1 and step 2 – here’s my whack at it:
Italian Tray Bake – Carrie Style
- 1 Package Sweet Italian Sausages about 5
- 2 large russet or red skinned potatoes halved, quartered and chunked up
- 3 small shallots peeled & sliced
- 4 cloves garlic minced fine
- 1 bunch asparagus woody ends removed
- 1 lb button or crimini mushrooms stems removed
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
Step 1 - On a large backing tray toss Sausages, raw potato, shallot, garlic and 2 Tbsp Olive Oil - add salt & pepper. Scoot so this is on 1/2 of the tray. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are about 1/2 done
Step 2 - In a bowl or on another tray - toss the mushrooms and asparagus with the remaining 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil and salt & pepper - set aside. When the potatoes in step 1 are about halfway done, add this to the other half of the sausage tray and continue to roast, for about 20-25 more minutes, give or take.
When done, toss everything together and serve with a crusty bread