Last week, I stumbled across a dish that combined Brussels sprouts with pasta and potatoes. I couldn't get that combination out of my head. As I started playing with the idea of using Brussels sprouts in a main dish, I wanted something a little heartier than the bacon that I typically pair with Brussels sprouts. I used some spicy sausage in place of the bacon and I LOVED the combination of flavors in this meal.
One of my boys pointed out that the very best bites were the ones with a potato chunk, a sprout, sausage and cheese all together; I couldn't agree more. I tasted this before taking a picture and then I couldn't stop sneaking bites as I was attempting to photograph it. I lasted through about 30 seconds worth of clicks and then we dove into this meal.
Roasted Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Sausage
recipe inspired by Nigella via Mango & Tomato
Yield: 8 servings
3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, chopped into 3/4" - 1" pieces
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced in half
1 lb hot sausage, feel free to substitute 1/2 lb of bacon
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, diced into 1/2" chunks
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or about 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, adjust to taste
butter or oil, for greasing the baking dish
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spread the potatoes across a large baking sheet, lined with a silpat mat or greased with oil. Drizzle the potatoes with a couple tablespoons of oil and toss thoroughly to coat. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. I used at least a teaspoon of salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes.
Once the potatoes have started roasting, trim and halve the Brussels sprouts. Spread them across a large baking sheet and drizzle with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Toss well to coat. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Place them in the oven with the potatoes and roast for 30 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and tender.
Cook and crumble the sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Drain any grease and discard. Grease a large baking dish (I used a 10x12 lasagna pan) and combine the roasted potatoes, brussels sprouts and sausage. Stir gently to combine. Sprinkle with thyme and stir in the cubes of cheese as evenly throughout the dish as possible. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano or Parmesan.
Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake until the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. (Stir if desired, right before serving.) Enjoy!
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