Sausage Tray Bake with Butternut Squash and Apple

by Jo

Hearty food for cooler weather is my favourite kind of food! And this sausage tray bake recipe is a lovely comforting dish with classic earthy British flavours. Ideal for when you’re feeling a little chilly. Even better, the very best thing about tray bakes like these for dinner is the lack of washing up; all the cooking takes places in (you guessed it) one tray. So all you have to do is whack it in the oven and out comes a delicious and hearty meal for four. I’d leave this cooking and head out for a walk. When you return home your kitchen will be filled with sweet and herby flavours.

Sausage and butternut squash traybake recipe

You can find many variations of a sausage tray bake recipe. For example, Mary Berry’s sausage tray bake recipe uses potatoes – absolutely delicious of course! But for an Autumn twist my sausage traybake uses Cumberland sausages, teamed with butternut squash, onions and a hint of sweet apple. The colour of butternut squash is so perfect for Autumnal meals and I love how the fat from the sausages bastes the butternut squash. It tastes wonderfully rich without being too heavy.

Ingredients

  • Serves 4
  • 1 butternut squash, sliced
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 apples, cut into small wedges
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 Cumberland sausages
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 4 large sprigs of rosemary

Method

Get ready for your sausage tray bake by pre-heating the oven to 180c.

Use a large knife to cut your butternut squash in half and then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Then use a vegetable peeler to peel off the hard skin. Finally, slice the squash widthways into half cm thick slices.

Add your butternut squash to a large roasting tray, along with the sliced red onion, apples (that have been cored and cut into small wedges), crushed garlic cloves and sausages. In a mug mix together the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, wholegrain mustard and mixed herbs and stir together. Then, pour over the ingredients in the tray and mix well until evenly combined.

Rearrange the ingredient so that you have an even layer of butternut squash and apple, with the sausages evenly placed on top. Finish by placing sprigs of rosemary around the tray and then put your sausage tray bake into the oven for 35 minutes.

You may wish to turn over the sausages halfway so that they brown evenly.

Recipe Overview

Sausage Tray Bake with Butternut Squash

A delicious comforting tray bake with sweet and earthy flavours.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: English
Keyword: butternut squash, Sausage tray bake, tray bake
Servings: 4
Calories: 542kcal
Cost: £4.50

Equipment

  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Peeler
  • Garlic press
  • Jug
  • Roasting tray

Instructions

  • Pre heat your oven to 180c
  • Peel and de-seed your butternut squash, then cut it into thin slices widthways.
  • Add your butternut squash to a large roasting tray, along with the sliced red onion, apple wedges, crushed garlic cloves and sausages.
  • In a mug mix together the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, wholegrain mustard and mixed herbs. Stir together and then, pour over the ingredients in the tray and mix well until evenly combined.
  • Rearrange the ingredients so that you have an even layer of butternut squash and apple, with the sausages evenly placed on top. Arrange sprigs of rosemary around the tray and then place your sausage tray bake into the oven for 35 minutes.
  • Turn the sausages halfway through cooking so that they brown evenly.
  • Serve with buttered greens.

When is butternut squash in season?

Butternut squash is available year around, like a lot of fresh produce, however it is in season during the Autumn and Winter months. October through to December is when you’ll find seasonal butternut squash and you are likely to find them more readily available in supermarkets and farm shops.

Which sausages to use

You can of course use any sausages you fancy (just please try to make them decent quality, not those awful bangers!) I like to use Cumberland sausages because they’re lovely an herby which I think really compliments the flavours of this dish. If you like sausages with extra ingredients in them, then those filled with apple or caramelised onion would also work great with this sausage tray bake recipe.

Sausage traybake serving suggestion

Simply spoon out your sausage tray bake into shallow dishes – I think dishes add a little rustic charm to this meal rather than a plate.  I like to team this sausage tray bake with buttery greens. And, if I’m making this a really hearty meal I’d serve with a little garlic mashed potato as well. It depends how hungry you’re feeling! Tray bakes are great to serve family style: bring the tray to the table and serve up there. The tray will be nearby for anyone who fancies a little more as well!

Storing your sausage tray bake

Butternut squash goes lovely and soft once cooked, which means it is best enjoyed fresh. I recommend eating your traybake within two days of cooking to enjoy the textures at their best.

Other one pot recipes

If you fancy trying some more one pot/tray recipes (it does after all make clearing up much easier!) then check out these recipes:

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