Sausage Tray Bake

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This sausage tray bake is so easy to throw together and is always a winner at dinner time. The combination of pork sausages, sweet potato and apples is sure to win over every family member, even the more fussy ones.

Baked sausages, apples, sweet potato and spinach leaves in a blue ceramic roasting pan.

Why This Recipe Works

  • A one-pan wonder! Everything gets banged into one dish at the same time and left to do its thing in the oven.
  • Kid-Friendly The sweet roasted apple slices win over kids.
  • It's absolutely delicious!

Ingredients you will need

My sausage tray bake obviously needs sausages, I use pork sausages as i find they are the tastiest with the apple. Then there is a stack of plant based goodness, kumara (sweet potato), carrots, apples, spinach, an optional can of chickpeas and olive oil.

Ingredients for sausage tray bake laid out on a bench top with text overlay.

Recipe substitutions

  • Carrots & Sweet Potato: Any root vegetables will work, but I do find the sweeter veggies like sweet potato and carrots are the best with the pork sausages.
  • Pork Sausages: Any sausages will work
  • Cauliflower: Not listed as an ingredient, but when it is in season, I often chop some up and add it to the tray too.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used free-range pork sausages, olive oil and chickpeas from their range in this recipe.


Step by step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my sausage tray bake, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius (400 F)

Step two: Core the apples and cut into wedges, approximately 1.5-2cm thick

Step three: Cut the sweet potatoes and carrots into batons a similar size to the apples (you can choose to peel the vegetables or leave them as is.

Step four: Pop the apple and veggies into a roasting pan and toss with oil (you can season at this stage if you wish, however I often find the pork sausages add lots of flavour during cooking so it might pay to wait)

Step six: Slice the pork sausages in half and add to the roasting pan

Sliced apples, carrots, sweet potato and sausages in a large blue ceramic roasting pan.

Step five: Optional (drain and rinse the canned chickpeas, add to the roasting pan and toss with the other vegetables so they are also oiled.

Sliced apples, carrots, sweet potato, sausages and chickpeas in a large blue ceramic roasting pan.

Step seven: Bake at 200 degrees celsius  for 35 minutes

Cooked apples, carrots, sweet potato, sausages and chickpeas in a large blue ceramic roasting pan.

Step eight: At 35 minutes give the roasting pan a good stir to free up any stuck veggies and add the spinach leaves. Bake for a further 5 minutes (so they start to wilt)

Spinach leaves on top of roasted vegetables and sausages in a blue ceramic roasting pan.
Just throw throw spinach on top.

Step nine: Season with salt and pepper as needed and serve

Cooked apples, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, sausages and chickpeas in a large blue ceramic roasting pan.

How I serve this sausage tray bake to my family

There is a little bit of something in this sausage tray bake recipe that hopefully, even a picky eater will enjoy.

The addition of the apples means there is something sweet and irresistible in there, I don't really care if they hunt out the apple and eat those bits first! 

I leave all the fruit and vegetable the pieces relatively large, serve it in one dish in the center of the table let the kids pick the parts they want to go on their plates.

There is no pressure, and usually no complaints.  I don't go into the meal with any false expectations of all 4 of my kids eating every single part of the dish, but they all eat some so for me that is a win!

Just so you know my kids are not perfect eaters, which is fine by me, when I was little I know there were things I didn't like. But that doesn't stop me from serving stuff up in a family-friendly way so that they still see it, could eat it if they wanted and see me and my husband eating it!

Baked sausages, apples, sweet potato and spinach leaves in a blue ceramic roasting pan.

My eldest who is currently 8 eats all of it, yes including the spinach leaves.

My oldest daughter who is 6 skips the spinach but eats the rest.

My middle daughter who is 5 finds many foods quite challenging (definitely my picky eater) but will eat the apple, and sausage, and occasionally some carrot depending on her mood.

My youngest who almost 2 eats it all other than the leaves. I slice the sausage pieces length ways for her as sausages can be a choking risk.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make this sausage tray bake perfectly every time!

  • Go large: You will need a large roasting tray for this recipe, if you over crowd the tray the veggies will not cook as quickly (which is fine you will just need to cook the dish longer, but you may need to check the sausages as they may over cook)
  • Good quality: This recipe is more flavourful if you use better quality the sausages.
  • Starchy Sweet Potatoes: I use a purple/red -skinned sweet potato for this recipe. New Zealand we call it Kumara, it is a little drier and starchier than the orange or golden sweet potato so I find it great in this recipe as it holds its shape and roasts so well. But any sweet potato will be fine.

FAQs

How to bake sausages in the oven

This recipe is based on baking sausages in the oven, it's cleaner and easier than pan frying them. Either prick the skin of each sausage a couple of times, or slice into pieces. Cook your sausages in a hot oven (200 degrees celsius, 400 F) until golden and cooked through.

I absolutely love one-pan meals, my maple chicken tray bake, Roast Chicken Tray Bake and honey mustard chicken tray bake are so good too!

Another quick couple of meals that are on the table in under 30 minutes are my satay chicken stir fry and fried spaghetti.

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Baked sausages, apples, sweet potato and spinach leaves in a blue ceramic roasting pan.

Sausage Tray Bake

Sausage Tray Bake - An easy one pan recipe made with pork sausages, apples and sweet potatoes. The perfect kid friendly family meal.
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Course: Family Dinner Ideas
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: sausage bake, sausage bake recipes, sausage recipes, sausage recipes for kids, sausage tray bake
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 447kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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4.67 from 77 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium apples
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 g pork sausages 6 sausages
  • 2-3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 400g Canned Chickpeas

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius (400 F).
  •  Core the apples and cut into wedges, approx. 1.5-2cm thick.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes into batons a similar to the apples (you can choose to peel the vegetables or leave them as is.
  • Pop apple and veggies into a roasting pan and toss with oil (you can season at this stage if you wish, however I often find the pork sausages add lots of flavour during cooking so it might pay to wait)
  • Optional (drain and rinse the canned chick peas, add to the roasting pan and toss with the other vegetables so they are also oiled.
  • Slice the pork sausages in half and add to the roasting pan.
  • Bake at 200 degrees celsius  for 35 minutes
  • At 35 minutes give the roasting pan a good stir to free up any stuck veggies and add the spinach leaves
  • Bake for a further 5 minutes (so they start to wilt)
  • Remove from the oven. Season with salt and pepper as needed and serve

Notes

Tips

  • Go large: You will need a large roasting tray for this recipe, if you over crowd the tray the veggies will not cook as quickly (which is fine you will just need to cook the dish longer, but you may need to check the sausages as they may over cook)
  • Good quality: This recipe is more flavourful if you use better quality the sausages.
  • Starchy Sweet Potatoes: I use a purple/red -skinned sweet potato for this recipe. New Zealand we call it Kumara, it is a little drier and starchier than the orange or golden sweet potato so I find it great in this recipe as it holds its shape and roasts so well. But any sweet potato will be fine.

Ingredient substitutions

  • Carrots & Sweet Potato: Any root vegetables will work, but I do find the sweeter veggies like sweet potato and carrots are the best with the pork sausages.
  • Pork Sausages: Any sausages will work
  • Cauliflower: Not listed as an ingredient, but when it is in season, I often chop some up and add it to the tray too.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 13592IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

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10 Comments

  1. Wow! I love one pot meals ? And this sound easy, perfect and delicious. That what we need. I hope my 1 year baby will love it ? Thanks for all your recipes! !

  2. Wow! I love one pot meals ? And this sound easy, perfect and delicious. That what we need. I hope my 1 year baby will love it ? Thanks for all your recipes! !

  3. Wow! I love one pot meals ? And this sound easy, perfect and delicious. That what we need. I hope my 1 year baby will love it ? Thanks for all your recipes! !

  4. Wow! I love one pot meals ? And this sound easy, perfect and delicious. That what we need. I hope my 1 year baby will love it ? Thanks for all your recipes! !

  5. Great one pot dinner.
    My kids and hubby loved it.
    Super easy to clean up after - just one pot.
    🙂
    Thanks.

  6. 5 stars
    This one has become a family favourite, my 19 month old and the more I make it the more he tries other things like the spinach. Such an easy and delicious dinner for my husband and I too when I’m stuck for ideas. I love that you can prep it earlier in the day and pop it in the oven. Thanks for making dinner time a breeze!