Friday, September 5

Sausage & Cherry Tomato Bake

A simple one-pot meal that's great for leftovers

Jamie Oliver Sausage and Cherry Tomato Bake

Our friend has been raving about Jamie Oliver's sausage and tomato bake for years, and after finally trying it out, I can see why. The cherry tomatoes, Italian sausages, and herbs all roast together in the oven in a single dish. The tomatoes' flavor concentrates and becomes infused with the flavor of the meat, the sausage casings crisp up and brown, and a richly flavored sauce forms at the bottom of the pan. It's a great way to use late summer tomatoes, even soft and bruised ones, which you can often get a discount on at the farmers' market. You can spoon the roast onto plates and serve with crusty bread or over pasta or polenta. I purposely made a double batch so that we could enjoy it as is the first night and then chop up the leftovers to stir into spaghetti the next night.

Related Recipes:
- Polenta & Roasted Sausages
- One Pot Tomato Farro with Sausage
- French Lentils & Sausages

Roasted Sausage & Cherry Tomato Bake:

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In a large baking dish, add 1 1/2 lb. large cherry tomatoes, 4-5 Italian sausages, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 2 bay leaves, 3 whole garlic cloves, 2 tbsp. olive oil, and 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar.
  • Season with a large pinch of salt and pepper and toss everything.
  • Make sure the sausages are sitting on top of the tomatoes, then put in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then stir the tomatoes and flip the sausages.
  • Cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly, then serve.

Serves four