Root Of The Problem

Here is the “Problem”:

Time slipped away with work and I have NO idea what to make for dinner!

So, at 5:30 pm last night, I dig around in the pantry and find some potatoes and onions. Have a package of Italian sausage in the fridge that I have to use before it goes bad and found a bag of spinach with the same issue. By 6:30 I had the wine poured and dinner on the table. Not bad not having a plan! Carrots, whole garlic cloves, parsnips or even whole shallots can be added. I hope you enjoy this dish and let me know what variations you have used.

Winter is a great time to use fabulous root veggies and flavorful sausage. I love placing the hot roast directly over a bed of fresh chilled spinach. The heat from the roast softens the top layer of spinach leaves but also leaves some crunchiness with others giving you some fabulous textures to experience. Use a peppery extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on the salad.

Root Veggie Roast With Sausage

1-2 large sweet potato, cut into large chunks

1-2 large russet potato, cut into large chunks

1-2 large onion, quartered

1 pound Italian sausage, approximate weight, cut in 3” chunks or cut links in half

2 tsp. dried rosemary

1 bay leaf, gently broken up

Olive oil for drizzling – about 3 Tbs.

Kosher salt and plenty of black pepper


Preheat oven to 375F; if your oven has a “roast” option – use it!

Place veggies, sausage and seasonings in large casserole pan; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper – toss.

Roast in middle of oven for 20 minutes; toss. Roast for 15-20 longer or until sausage and potatoes are brown and crispy.

Remove from oven and serve. Makes 3-4 servings


Winter Root Veggie Garden Salad

Root Veggie Roast (see above recipe)

Baby spinach

Olive oil

Red wine vinegar


Place large handful of spinach on dinner plate; top with a large spoon-full or two of warm Root Veggie Roast. Drizzle with Olive oil and just a shake or two of vinegar.

Note: Very forgiving recipe. The above recipe can make 3-4 nice salads for dinner. Perfect with a glass of red or white wine. The quantities are estimates and actually recipe is more fun when fewer measurements are used.


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