Roasted Summer Veggies W/Sausage
Goodness! August has just flown by and I am trying to keep up with everything!
I have been woefully behind with my posts and I want you all to know I have a good excuse! My husband is finishing up a degree in nuclear engineering, and since it is all online, I have had to share my computer lately. Between the kids, activities, keeping the house running, etc, my time at the keyboard has been limited! But trust me….I have so much in store for you! My kids went back to school last week and in addition to everyday things, I have started a new project for Brittany’s Pantry! I am SUPER excited about it and will share with all of you soon, but for now, you will have to be content with this stellar roasted veggie recipe.
I had slipped into a bit of a rut lately with my family meals and felt like I was making the same things over and over. When that happens, I tend to start randomly rifling among my cookbooks and all the recipes I have saved to my computer. I click, flip pages, scroll, and page through to see if anything looks appealing to me at that moment. After I realized I was zeroing in on a lot of roasted veggie recipes, I decided to try and create something with what I had in my fridge. This recipe is the result!
I have made this with different veggies, different meats, and with and without bread to soak up all the pan juices. The recipe below are the flavors that we loved the best (WITH crusty bread 🙂 ) but the goal is to roast the summer veggies that you have to make a meal out of them. This is fast and easy and incredibly fresh, but obviously should be modified to suit your family. Do you really love okra in the summer? That would be AWESOME added to this. Not a fan of tomatoes? No worries, leave them out. My only advice is to keep the gorgeous rainbow of colors as best you can. Not only is it healthy, but kids-and adults-eat with their eyes first. Variety will help stave off any boredom with dinner and the more of it you have in this dish, the better! It is a pretty gorgeous, and may I say, tasty, way to finish out August. Roasted Summer Veggies W/Sausage
I have made this with sweet Italian sausage, kielbasa, and eventually want to try it with chorizo. So far, using bratwurst is our family favorite. The combo of flavors is quite awesome. We LOVE to eat this with crusty bread to sop the juices (gaaaaah its so good) but this would be just as fantastic served over a scoop of plain couscous or quinoa.
3 medium zucchini, ends trimmed and cut into bit sized pieces
2 bell peppers, any color, cored, seeded, and chunked
1 pint grape tomatoes, rinsed
1 large onion, cut into large chunks
1 pint whole, small portabella mushrooms, stems trimmed, rinsed well, and patted dry
1 package (5 links) bratwurst, cut crosswise into bite sized coins
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil
Pile all of the vegetables in the middle of a large sheet pan. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, the oregano, and drizzle (again, liberally) with the olive oil. Toss with your hands until everything is mixed and coated, and spread evenly on the pan. Add the sausage, spreading the pieces out so that they roast evenly and add flavor to all the veggies. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Toss gently with a spatula and return to the oven until the meat is cooked through, about another 15 minutes. The cooking time will vary based on the type of veggies you decide to use. Scoop the sausage and vegetables onto serving plates, being sure to get some of the amazing juices on the bottom of the pan. Serve with lots of crusty bread! Enjoy!