Freestyle Kitchen ❊ Sausage, Potato and Onion Dinner

Sausage, Potato & Onion Dinner | © 2016

My work day ended around 4 pm yesterday and I had a meeting to get to by 6. I was hungry, but there weren’t any leftovers hanging around to heat up. I opened the refrigerator rather glumly, not expecting any great revelations. Then I realized there was a package of quality Italian sausage from the market just waiting to be cooked.

Before I knew it, the oven was pre-heating to 350℉, I’d browned the sausage, par-cooked some tiny potatoes in the microwave for a couple of minutes (oops, one exploded; should have pricked them with a fork first!) and cut two small onions into pieces. Another survey of the refrigerator yielded the last of a package of fresh thyme … not quite so fresh any more, but still acceptable. Oh, and I chopped a red chili pepper into chunks too, for a hit of piquancy and vibrant colour.

Normally when I make sausage I brown it and then finish it off in the oven in the same skillet. Because I was adding vegetables, I didn’t want them to absorb the fat that had oozed from the mildly spicy links, so I went in search of something else.  I’d usually make a dinner like this on a baking tray, but when I opened the cupboard the first thing I saw was the lovely white oval roasting dish. Ah, a touch of class for my quick and rustic dinner!

Putting it all together was a breeze: a drizzle of good olive oil on the bottom of the roasting dish to keep things from sticking, a quick arrangement of the sausage, potatoes, onions and chili pepper, and a tender tucking in of the thyme (okay, maybe it wasn’t so tender, but I like the alliteration here). Another drizzle of olive oil over the vegetables, followed by some sticky balsamic vinegar, a grating of pepper and a sprinkling of kosher salt, and into the oven it went for 30 minutes.

The prep for this dinner took about 10 minutes, maybe a little more. I wasn’t pulling a Jamie Oliver and trying to make dinner in 15 minutes; I was just trying to get a good meal together at the end of a long day. I didn’t plan to write about this dish, but it looked so pretty and appetizing when it came out of the oven that I posted a snap of it on Instagram, and someone asked for the recipe. Recipe? I wouldn’t exactly call this a recipe. It’s just how I throw dinner together sometimes.

What can I say … it was a good throw that made for a very good catch. I can’t wait to enjoy the leftovers this evening!


  1. This has been a favorite quick meal around here for some time, Mar, although we’re much more prone to substitute rosemary for the thyme. I’ve taught friends the dish after they claimed they couldn’t cook a thing. Ha! It’s practically fool-proof and makes a tasty meal. Great to see simple meals still rule, no matter what side of the Lake one calls home. 🙂

    • I love to use rosemary in dishes like this; I just didn’t have any at the time! This is such an intuitive way to cook, it seems strange to me to write it out as a recipe. But what is intuitive to one cook is new to another … that’s why I’m always learning!

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