Sheet-pan–roasted sausage and potatoes with apples! This easy, one-pan recipe — made with only 6 ingredients — is a quick and healthy dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights. BONUS: It happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly, too.
A big thanks to Meijer for sponsoring today’s family dinner recipe.
On a busy weeknight, there’s nothing better than a one-pan recipe — delicious, simple, convenient.
Sausage-and-potato bakes are always a winner around here. Sliced kielbasa and potatoes roasted with a dash of seasoned salt is a family favorite. But this time of year — when local apples come into season — we shift gears.
Let me just say . . . you need to know this easy, autumn (chicken) sausage-and-potato recipe.
It. Is. Ahh-mazing.
This easy, one-pan dinner only requires 6 ingredients:
Don’t let the simplicity of this sausage-and-potato bake recipe fool you — the flavor combination is spectacular!
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I specifically recommend using russet potatoes for this recipe, but maybe not for the reasons you might assume . . .
Yes, russet potatoes are great for roasting. They brown nicely; get a great roasted, crispy crust; and keep a fluffy middle when you bite in, but that’s not why I suggest them. (In a true pinch, you could use unpeeled golden potatoes for this recipe too to save time.)
Here’s the real reason I recommend them: Russet potatoes encourage meaningful conversations with your kids.
Hear me out . . .
Weeknights can be hectic. It’s tempting on a busy school night to whip through dinner and move on to the next thing. However, the truth is: The days we’re rushing around feeling overwhelmed are likely the days we most need to slow down, pause, and connect with our families to regain our sense of balance.
Spend 10 minutes chopping potatoes with your kids TOGETHER.
A kitchen is a magical place . . .
Give your kiddo a russet and a potato peeler — I promise the conversation will begin to flow!
Russet potatoes are also great for kids to work with because they’re big and easy to handle.
I can’t tell you how many meaningful chats about school and friends I’ve had with my tween daughters while peeling or chopping potatoes.
Sometimes the depth of our conversations ends up catching me by surprise. For example, when we made this chicken sausage-and-potato recipe last week, my daughter and I had an unexpected chat about why our family shops local.
Hey, Mom, did you know these potatoes were grown here in Wisconsin?” my daughter says as she grabs another russet from the bag to wash for me.
I smile, “I did.”
She continues to inspect the bag, “It says they were grown on Alsum Farms in Arena, Wisconsin.” A lightbulb goes off and she quickly looks up at me glowing, “Can I map how far that is from our house on your phone?”
Her curiosity and enthusiasm always bring me such joy.
As she starts to fidget with my phone, I keep the conversation going, “The onions are grown locally, too. They’re from Gumz Farm in Endeavor.”
After she mapped out the two farms, we ended up having a long conversation (while she chopped the potatoes) about why we shop at local stores and try to support stores who sell items grown or made in Wisconsin — like Meijer. The three biggest takeaways (that you might want to discuss with your kiddos, too, if you make this recipe together) were:
Field-to-Fork Perks — We spoke about how a shorter time between the farm field and our dinner forks means more nutrients are preserved. Food imported from far away loses nutrition as it travels on trucks, trains, or planes, and as it sits in warehouses before getting to a store near you.
Environmental Benefits — My daughter quickly realized how buying local means we’re helping the environment, too, because we’re using fewer fossil fuels to get the food to stores. It was awesome to sit and listen to her make that logical tie.
Connections Created — We talked about how we feel a more personal connection when we know our food is coming from a specific local farmer. (When shopping at Meijer, you can often find signage telling you where their local produce is coming from!) We like that local farmers tend to take their responsibility to the environment and the community seriously. For example, Alsum Farms is part of the sustainable farming association called Wisconsin Healthy Homegrown Potatoes. So cool.
Meijer has been buying local produce since its first store opened its doors in 1934. Today, Meijer is one of the largest purchasers of many fruits and vegetables in its Midwest footprint, contributing nearly $100 million back into the local economy. It’s just feels good shopping there. (But that’s a conversation for another day!)
These apples are from Sparta. Wanna look that farm up, too?” I ask as I toss my daughter a Granny Smith.
There’s a unique assurance that comes from being able to drive by the local fields where your food comes from.
Want to meet your local Meijer farmers?
Check this out to learn more about them and their families.
Now, let’s get back to that sausage-and-potato bake recipe!
While the potatoes are roasting to a beautiful golden brown (and your kiddos are off working on homework), you’re going to finish chopping up the onion and apples artlessly into big chunks.
Gosh, I just love the beautiful colors of the fresh local produce in this recipe!
We like using Meijer Apple Chicken Sausages with this one-pan potato roast recipe. They have 75% less fat than pork or beef sausages. And these sweet sausages also have no preservatives and no MSG or nitrates added. Plus, they’re just delicious. That’s a win-win-win in my book.
Your house is about to smell so inviting . . . The sausages are sizzling. The apples, potatoes, and fresh thyme are roasting . . . YUM!
This is fall comfort food at it’s finest.
Print the Recipe: Chicken Sausage-&-Potato Bake With Apples
Here’s a printable copy of the recipe!
- 2C Local russet potatoes chopped into chunks (approximately 3-4 medium potatoes)
- 1 Medium red onion chopped into chunks
- 2-3 Unpeeled apples, cut into chunks (such as Granny Smith, Jonathan, or Courtland)
- 2 Sprigs of fresh thyme
- 4-8 Meijer Maple Apple Chicken Sausages
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- In a large bowl, toss the potato and onion chunks with the fresh thyme, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Empty the bowl onto the sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Flip browned potatoes and toss in the unpeeled apple chunks and chicken sausages.
- Turn heat down to 400°F and bake another 30 minutes, turning every 10-15 minutes.
- Serve with a hearty dollop of a grainy or Dijon mustard.
Add a fresh spring of thyme, and serve with a dollop of a grainy or Dijon mustard.
Voilà! So good.
Be sure to try it with mustard. Even if you think you’re not a mustard fan. (You’ll thank me later.)
I’m telling you . . . It just marries the sweetness of the apples and sausage with the saltiness of the potatoes in a wonderful way.
It. Is. Delicious.
When I see that eyebrow scrunch coupled with:
Mom, this is soooOOOoOooOo good . . .”
I know we have a family hit!
We dare you to make this apple, sausage, and potato bake and not love it. It’s a perfect quick, easy, and healthy dinner for weeknights. It’s sure to become a family favorite in your home, too.
(And a great way to kick off a new family tradition of insightful potato-prep convos with your kiddos.)
We double-dog dare you to try it — mustard and all!
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Meijer. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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