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Can someone help me roast some sausages?

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I have some lovely Italian sausages in my fridge and I have this idea in my head that I can toss them in a big tray with sweet yellow and red bell pepper, sliced onion and chunks of potato with olive oil, salt and pepper and it will come out sort of crispy/caramelized delicious. But I fear it's one of those efforts where I confidently fly by the seat of my chef pants and come out with some sort of grayish mush that no one wants to eat. What do you think? Can I cook this stuff simultaneously and make it work? Should I put one thing in before the other? Saute beforehand? Slice the sausage or whole (with holes poked in)? Oven temp? Time? Abort mission entirely? It would be nice to eat this after a night of trick or treating. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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  1. I would cut sausage in pieces; start it in a skillet to get the fat and juices going, then remove the sausage and set aside. add the garlic, onion, peppers to get flavors going and set them aside. Brown potatoes in the fat/juices to start, then put the skillet with the potatoes in the over 350 or so and cook till potatoes are almost done, Add all the other items, turning several times to finish and serve from the pan.. yum. a hearty Italian red is called for here.

    1. The potatoes will take a lot longer than everything else unless you parcook them a bit. I would steam them in the microwave for 5-7 minutes, depending on the power of your micro and the size of the potatoes, then toss them with everything else. As long as the potatoes are parcooked, 25-30 mins at 375-400 should work. I'd leave the sausages whole and unpoked, so the juices stay in the casing.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        This is essentially how I do it. When I take it out of the oven, I cut the sausage into chunks and put onto a large platter on top of the mixed potatoes/onions/peppers. Any juice gets mixed in.

      2. We roast several different sausages in our ceramic cooker/smoker in a pan. We do not add veggies, altho that is a great idea, the smoke could only make them better. The skins are crunchy and the sausages juicy, we do cook them whole, not cut. I might precook the potatoes partially.

        1. Pork, or turkey sausage? Cube potatoes into 1" squares and par-steam 5 minutes. Toss them in a bowl with onions, and peppers. Drizzle with EVOO and scatter onto a sheet pan. Nestlé whole sausages in the middle, and roast at 375 for approx. 30 minutes stopping midway to flip sausages, and veggies. Will finish cooking together. No need to prick sausages.

          1. Thanks everyone. I also found this recipe (the picture is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, not sure of the results.) Maybe I'll follow this but parsteam the potatoes (I have to do it stovetop, as I don't have a microwave.) http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverything...