I have been on the hunt for a hearty recipe and I have been scouring my cookbooks, magazines, and even old newspapers. (Side note: I was at the gym the other morning on the treadmill reading a cookbook! I am sure my fellow gym go – ers thought I was nuts!) Anyways, the reason behind this; my boyfriend thinks most of recipes are not “manly” enough. So going off of that advice, I started with the man-basics: meat and potatoes. What is manlier than meat and potatoes, right?
After rummaging through my old cookbooks, I fell in love with the idea of apples and sausage. The tartness of the apples paired with the heartiness of the sausage not only creates a manly meal but plays upon the notes of autumn as well; which I am all about these days. Of course, spices are a must – yet, I decided to keep it simple by using one strong aromatic. The simple combination works beautifully. Each ingredient is perfectly married to the next and works together as a whole creating a simple yet hearty autumn-inspired dish.
APPLE SAUSAGE + ROSEMARY POTATOES
1 ½ Pounds of Smoked Chicken Sausage, pierced with a fork
1 ½ Pounds of Small Potatoes, quartered
2 Red Delicious Apples, quartered
1 Tablespoon of Rosemary Leaves, fresh
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Black Pepper, freshly cracked
Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
On a rimmed baking sheet, scatter the sausage, potatoes, and apples. Drizzle olive oil and carefully toss to coat the ingredients. Give a generous dusting of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, followed by a sprinkle of the loose rosemary leaves. Try to keep all of the ingredients spread throughout the baking sheet to create an even layer.
Roast for about 30 minutes, tossing the ingredients occasionally to prevent burning. Once the sausage has browned and the potatoes have become tender, slice the sausages crosswise and serve warm.