A flavourful and extremely easy to throw together sausage tray-bake with sweet potatoes, green beans and pecan nuts in a lovely orange, maple syrup and cinnamon gravy. And it's even tastier with a little melted blue cheese on top. Perfect for a quick midweek meal!
Cut the onion into medium-sized chunks and the sweet potatoes into medium-sized wedges and throw them all into a large baking dish with the garlic cloves.
Add the sausages to the dish and toss everything together with a good drizzle of olive oil. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until the sausages are nice and golden, tossing half way through cooking.
Whisk together the orange zest and juice, maple syrup and cinnamon, then add the green beans, nuts, leaves from the thyme sprigs and salt and pepper to taste to the dish before pouring the marinade over everything.
Bake for about another 15 minutes (or until the sweet potatoes are done), scattering the blue cheese over the top of the dish 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time to melt.
Serve with creamy mashed potatoes, polenta, crusty bread or a simple green salad.
Fairly heavily adapted from a recipe for One-pan Sausage and Sweet Potato Bake from January 2014 edition of UK Good Housekeeping magazine.Use any sausages of your choice in this dish. Just make sure they are the best quality you can find!