I’ve just driven the length of the entire country, traversing our lush land across miserable motorways on the hottest day of the year (so far). As you can tell, I took the four and a half hour drive in my stride.
After consuming three bags too many Wine Gums and a service station pot of chicken rice on the aforementioned mission, cooking was the last thing on my mind. But it’s Sunday and we needed food, because nothing starts the week like a (halfway) decent meal, and boy do we have a week ahead of us – a wedding, a spa day, Easter, and a new puppy.
Nothing is simpler, tastier or more like Sunday personified than a meaty tray bake – I challenge you to defy me. Go on, name something. You can’t can you? See, just listen to your Auntie Lotti, she knows what she’s talking about here.
For a robust, lazy dish there was only one man to turn to – Mr Oliver. Yes, Jamie of the ’30 Minute Meals But In Reality After A Day Of Work You Are Looking At A Good Hour And A Half Worth Of Prep And Cooking And A Side Dish Of Resentment’. The below is very much a loose interpretation of this Jamie Oliver recipe, but still damn good.
First of all, select your bangers. We opted for our absolute favourites – Morrisons Old English Pork Sausages – purely because we always have at least one pack lying around somewhere. Next select a baking dish and begin throwing things in.
First, half as many cherry tomatoes as you fancy, add thickly cut onions and a few full cloves of garlic (pah! a few? I went for six but I am a garlic fiend. Guilty!). Next choose your herbs, I went for oregano, rosemary and thyme, chop finely and add to the veg liberally. Drizzle over some olive oil – a Nigella size drizzle – and toss gently.
NOW, here is where I differed from Jamie. I reached into the cupboard and found the Balsamic missing, another ‘must buy’ but never bought item. So I added a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Lie the sausages across the tomatoes and mix together, coating everything in the herby, juicy oil.
Bang in the oven for 30 minutes, pull out and shake. Depending on how sticky you like your sausages pop it in for another 15-30 minutes. By now the tomatoes and onions should have softened enough to create a semi-sauce.
How you serve is up to you. I went for spaghetti and rocket.
That looks like a lonely sausage right there, straight after this I whacked another one on the plate.