When I read cookbooks, I am not turned off by long lists of ingredients. Nor do I look for the words “quick” or “easy” in the recipe names. I never have, even though I probably should have taken quick and easy more seriously when I was cooking for our growing family and busy as the dickens. I just prefer real recipes with real ingredients, whether simple or more involved.
I own all of Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks and love all of them. I love a lot of things about her. She’s hysterically funny, an impressive writer, she embraces her love of food and eating, and she doesn’t bother with super fiddly recipes (translation from British – fussy/sophisticated).
Even her cakes are often rustic, mis-shapen layers of chocolate goodness. You don’t make them for fair judging, you make them because they’re fabulous.
So once I came across a Nigella recipe for chicken and sausages that were roasted simply with Dijon mustard and oil. In the old days I might have turned up my nose at such a recipe, especially if it was called “Quick and Easy Chicken and Sausage.” But fortunately I didn’t. It is just a good recipe that happens to take little time, and the results are wonderful. And I’ve made this dish more than once, which is a rarity in my kitchen.
It came from the cookbook, “Feast” which might be my favorite of Ms. Lawson’s – aside from “Nigella Christmas.” Doesn’t she just look like she could be my best friend?!! I mean, that’s what I look like in the kitchen when I’m kneading bread!
Nigella’s original recipe For chicken and sausage has a few more ingredients, but this is how I’ve adapted her recipe.
Dijon-Roasted Chicken and Sausage
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 chicken breasts
5-6 Italian sausages
Small red potatoes, scrubbed
1 large purple onion, cut into wedges
Coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, or 375 degrees if you have a roast setting.
Combine the olive oil and mustard in a decent-sized roasting pan. Whisk until smooth.
Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally, creating uniform pieces. Place the breasts in the pan, coating them with the mustardy oil. Then add the sausages to the pan, rolling them around to get coated.
Sprinkle the potatoes around the meat; halve them if they’re too large. Then add the wedges of onion around the meat.
Season well with coarse black pepper, if desired. Then add some sprigs of rosemary, or chopped rosemary.
I am in love with my Mauviel roasting pan, which has endured a lot of oven use over the years.
Roast for approximately 30-35 minutes, turning the chicken pieces and sausages half way through.
This dish is wonderful with steamed green beans.
As you can see, this dish is definitely quick and easy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good!
Thank you Nigella!