I've actually made this before with modifications that I wasn't happy with. This time, I stuck with the recipe and was so much happier with the results. We made a special trip to the liquor store to get my trusty 9x13 pan back (I took my buddies leftover cupcakes from last week) and ended up picking up a fabulous wine. Did you know Newman's Own has a Cabernet Sauvignon? I didn't until we picked it up. It actually paired really well with our dinner too. Fruity and a little sweet, it offset the spicy sausage I used nicely. Try it if you haven't already (profits go to charity which is always a plus in my book). Enjoy!
Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake
Recipe by Jamie Oliver
4-1/4 pounds cherry tomatoes, mixed colors if you can find them (only tomatoes I could find were red grape; still tasted good though)
2 sprigs each fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves (I used 1 TBS dried of each since I forgot to pick some fresh ones up)
1 Tbl dried oregano
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped (used 4, minced with a Kitchenaid hand-chopper)
12 good-quality coarse Italian pork sausages (I used two packages of Johnsonville spicy; there should be 5 in the pack, but they are good sized)
Extra virgin olive oil (probably about 2 Tbl)
Balsamic vinegar (about 1 TBl)
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Using a good-sized roasting pan (9x13 works for me), place the tomatoes to fit into one layer. Add the herbs, garlic, and sausages. Drizzle well with the olive oil and vinegar; season with the salt and pepper.
- Toss together, make sure the sausages are on top and pop the pan into the oven for half an hour. After this time, give the pan a good shake and turn the sausages over. Put the pan back in the oven and cook for 15-30 minutes, depending on how golden and sticky you like your sausages.
- Once it's cooked, remove from the oven. If the sauce is runnier than your liking, place the pan on the stove after removing the sausages and cook the juices and tomatoes down to the consistency you prefer. Check the seasoning and serve with bread or over a bed of mashed potatoes or rice (we eat ours over pasta, mastaccioli or penne preferably; I also topped it with a little bit a grated gruyere just for fun).