Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Hearty Bake for Cold Wintry Nights

This is perfect meal for the short, winter days when you need a hearty, comforting meal or on a relaxing weekend.

The original recipe came from Jamie Oliver and called for cherry tomatoes but because of their price (4 lbs = $25) we decided to go with $8 worth of romas. This change will account for the extra time needed for baking the tomatoes - romas have a great deal more moisture to cook out.

This recipe has great flavour - savoury-sweet, rich herby tomatoes, pork sausages and light mashed potatoes - but there are a few things I would change. I found the sausages a bit tough so the major change I would make from the method below is to bake the tomato mixture by itself without the sausages for 30-40 minutes. Then, Add the sausages in for the next 20-30 minutes. The original method is shown below.

Tomato and Sausage Bake

4 lbs tomatoes, romas - quartered
Several sprigs of thyme, rosemary
2 bay leaves
5 garlic cloves, chopped
12 sausages - Italian pork are best, prick each one with a fork a couple of times
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt, pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. In a large roasting pan, spread the quartered tomatoes over the bottom of the roasting pan
3. Add the herbs, garlic and sausages
4. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over everything
5. Season with salt and pepper
6. Stir, make sure sausages are on top
7. Put in oven for 20-30 minutes
8. Turn sausages over and bake another 20-30 minutes
If the tomatoes are too thin, remove sausages and return to oven until cooked to the desired consistency is reached
9. Remove bay leaves and herb sprigs, serve

Served on a tasty bed of mashed potatoes.

Happy Eating!

1 comment:

Meg said...

Mmm, this was a great dinner Michelle. You're right – hearty, rich, and sweet. I love roasted tomatoes soooo much, so this just had to be delicious.

Good call on adding the sausages later.

This is comfort food for sure. Jamie knows how to do it.