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  • Writer's pictureSarah McDonald

Recipe: Sausage, potato and carrot bake

I want to share a recipe that has been a dinner staple and also has a sweet sentimental meaning for me. This past September, my boyfriend Taylor and I went camping at the Pinery on Lake Huron. This trip marked our first vacation together as a couple and my first time camping, ever! I spent weeks researching what we needed to take with us to ensure we had the best time and that meant spending hours on Pinterest looking at campfire dinner ideas. Turns out that campfire foil packs are a big staple in the camping community! One of my favourite go-to healthy and comforting meals is a sausage, potato and carrot bake. This was a stand by dinner that my mom used to make for our family when I was growing up. I decided to pack up all the ingredients needed to turn this casserole bake into a campfire tinfoil pack and it was a hit! Roasting the tinfoil packs over our campfire while spending four days enjoying nature, which is particularly beauitful in September in Ontario, was a memory I'll never forget.

Our tinfoil packs roasting over the campfire at the Pinery!

I've modified the version my mom used to make to suit our tastes and this is a super versatile recipe that you can also easy modify to fit your own taste buds! Don't like it super spicy? Swap out the hot Italian sausage for something more mild! Not a huge fan of garlic? Cut back on the fresh garlic! You can add any kind of root veggies or spices that you prefer to make this dish your own. I think it would be great to add a few beets in to add an earthy sweetness. Let me know in the comments below if you play around with the ingredients.


Why is this dinner a staple?


The sausage, potato and carrot bake is a nutrient dense, low calorie meal and that combination has been one of the keys to my success with weight loss. Filling up on nutrient dense food will keep you feeling full longer and helps to control cravings. Potatoes and carrots are good sources of fibre, complex carbs, potassium and vitamins. They are also both excellent sources of antioxidants, which can prevent diseases like cancer and diabetes. Potatoes have a bad reputation because we often deep fry them but they are known as a resistant startch, which can improve your blood sugar, digestion and it keeps you feeling full! Garlic is also a main ingredient in this meal and can help combat sickness, like the cold and flu, can reduce your blood pressure, lower your risk of heart disease and is also full of antioxidants. You could also choose a leaner sausages, like a Turkey sausage, to make this dinner even healthier.


Instructions


For this recipe you will need:

  • 4 hot Italian sausages

  • 3 medium potatoes

  • 2 large carrots

  • 1/2 Spanish onion

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 fresh garlic clove

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Grease a 9x12 oven safe baking dish.

Step 3: Simmer the sausages in an inch of water over medium heat in a covered frying pan to cook through.

I've learned that sausages don't photograph so well.

Step 4: Once cooked through, remove the sausages from the pan, drain the water and cut into 1-inch slices. Increase the frying pan (with the water removed) to medium-high heat and return the sausages to the fry pan for 1-2 minutes to brown the sausage slightly.


Sausage pieces browned.

Step 5: Cut the potato, carrots and onion into bite size pieces to your liking and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, minced garlic and spices to the veggies and mix. Add salt and pepper to your desired taste.

Mix the veggies, oil and spices

Step 6: Add the veggie mix and sausages to your greased casserole dish.


Add your veggies mixture and sausage to the dish.

Step 7: Cover the casserole dish with tinfoil and bake covered for 45 minutes

Step 8: Remove the tin foil and return the casserole to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes uncovered until it sizzles.

Step 9: Serve and enjoy!


Did you make this recipe? I'd love to hear about it! Share your thoughts in the comment section below or tag #SarahLikesThings and share your pics on social media!


Cheers!

xox Sarah

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