Dennis and I haven’t had sweet Italian chicken sausages in a few weeks and we both had a hankering for them for dinner last night. I chose to bake them in the oven at the same time I’d be baking a sheet pan loaded with small yellow Dutch potatoes, sweet onion and red pepper. This could have been a sheet pan meal, but I ended up placing everything on two sheet pans before placing them into a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 minutes. I like using small yellow Dutch potatoes because of they are so creamy, with a light and subtle flavor. I love to use them in almost any dish requiring a potato.
I use mostly fresh herbs, garlic and simple seasonings when I’m cooking. I like to keep my dishes as healthy and clean as possible. To season my potatoes, onion and red pepper, I used one tablespoon of olive oil (over the potatoes), 8 cloves of minced garlic … I wanted this dish to be really flavorful, 2 red peppers (I could have used 3), a sweet yellow onion, kosher salt, several grinds of the pepper mill and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (for optimal flavor and punch). I also used the leaves off of 15 stems of fresh thyme. I baked the sausages as is, no oil or seasoning needed – 35 minutes at 400 degrees turned out to be the perfect amount of time to bring my sausages to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. A note on the sausages: I used three because that’s how many people I have in my family. Feel free to use as many as you need to serve your group – but make sure to add extra potatoes, onion and red pepper :)).
Once everything was cooked, I let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing the sausages. I served this dish in a large, shallow bowl (my new favorite dish to have dinner out of). I’m so glad I bought 8 of these when I spotted them at Home Goods. I originally bought them with the intent of using them at Dinner Club the next time I host … coming up in December, or for my Thursday night book club, which I’ll be hosting next week. I would have used them for my Neighborhood book club a couple months ago, but the store only had 8 bowls and Neighborhood book club has more than 8 members :). I will say that every time I walk into Home Goods, I check to see if they have more of these bowls. I love the dinnerware they sell that is made in Italy – it’s so pretty, yet simple, to me.
Before serving my dinner, I decided I’d grate some Pecorino/Romano cheese over the top and add a little extra fresh thyme. We all wish we had more “thyme”, right?
I love this kind of dinner … you place your ingredients on a sheet pan (or two), place them in the oven and go about setting the table and just plain relaxing while your dinner cooks. In just about a half hour, you have dinner ready to be served. It’s healthy and faster than heading out to grab a bite.
3 sweet Italian chicken sausages
1-1/2 pounds of small Dutch potatoes
2-3 red bell peppers, sliced
1 sweet yellow onion, sliced
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper (about 10 grinds over the vegetables)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
15 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, plus extra for serving
Pecorino/Romano cheese, for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place sausages on one sheet pan.
- Cut potatoes into quarters, lengthwise and place on half of second sheet pan. Slice red pepper and onion and place on other half of second sheet pan.
- Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and with your hands, rub onto potatoes, making sure they are coated with the oil.
- Sprinkle kosher salt over potatoes, onion and red pepper. Add black pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Sprinkle minced garlic over vegetables and add fresh thyme.
- Place both pans in oven and bake for 35 minutes, making sure sausages have reached 165 degrees.
- Serve with grated cheese and more thyme.
Until next time, Kris