Charlotte’s Web, a seminal work of children’s literature, always conjures up images of “Some Pig—Wilbur” trotting around merrily, Charlotte’s 514 eggs resting in her intricate web, Templeton’s scavenging for junk food, and Fern lovingly feeding
her animals an array of colorful treats. While there are countless novels that give us readers a slice of country life, I’d argue that the story of Charlotte and Wilbur is one of the most endearing. Who wasn’t moved when Charlotte succeeded in saving Wilbur from the fate of the butcher’s block through her creative web spinning? Inspired by her success, the recipe I’m going to provide this week does not involve pork, yet is one that traditionally would. However, it does involve one of Wilbur’s barnyard friends (sorry…chickens).
This Hearty Potato, Veggie and Sausage Bake would satisfy a crew of hungry farmers (I would know, I used to be one), yet it’s light in calories because it uses chicken or turkey sausage in place of heavier pork sausage. Better yet, after a long day in the fields (or the classroom which is where I spend my time now), you can prepare and bake this meal in less than 45 minutes. It also keeps well and is great as leftovers.
Hearty Potato, Veggie and Sausage Bake
(makes 4-6 servings)
1 lb New Potatoes, quartered
1 large onion, sliced
½ lb baby carrots
2 medium yellow squash, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp black pepper
1 lb cooked chicken or turkey sausage, cut into ¼ inch slices
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine potatoes, onion, carrots, squash, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, thyme and pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat evenly.
- Place potato mixture in prepared pan. Bake uncovered, 30 minutes. Add sausage to potato mixture. Continue to bake 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and brown.