Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tasty Tray Bakes

I have a friend that is a fabulous cook and always goes out of her way to do the 'gluten free thing' for Abbey and I when we accept a dinner invitation (as if we would ever decline).
I NEVER have to worry because I know that she has a handle on food prep and a good understanding of the disease (although even 'we' are always learning).
Plus she always creates some gastronomical delight that is c'est magnifique.

A little while ago she whipped up a magical dinner for us that involved chicken, potatoes & other veg and some delicious seasoning.  It was so good that today I share with you this tasty delight because although it looks fantastic, tastes superb and appears you have laboured for hours.. (sorry Laura your secret's out) - it really is super easy and takes next to no effort at all. SHHHH.. don't tell anyone.

So it literally involves some chopping, some splooshing, some zesting, then some baking and most importantly some relaxing (whilst it's cooking). My little effort is an adaptation of the following 3 tray bakes ~
My friend Laura
A fab tray bake at grubby little faces.com  and Nigella herself at Nigella.com

Around 4 or 5 large potatoes cut into around 2cm chunks - don't be too precious (rustic = good)
Red Onion roughly quartered and separated
About 4 chicken thighs (skin on if you can get them) and about a packet of those chicken niblet pieces you use for those delicious BBQ Honey/Soy wing type dishes.. you know the ones.. mmm
(if you can rub some of the oil and salt into the chicken skin a little, it will make all the difference - trust me)
GF Italian Sausages cut into halves (I bought mine in Woolworths)
GF Pork Chipolatas (I bought mine in Woolworths) - mainly for the younger discerning diner
Zest of 2 Lemons
Throw in a handful of whole garlic cloves 
Sploosh of the good oil ~ that's Extra VIRGIN
A few sprigs of Rosemary
Some extra Rosemary finely chopped for good measure and a dash of sea salt flakes

I used 2 aluminium foil trays for this.  You can get packs of 3 or 4 from the supermarket relatively cheaply and it just means no washing up.. 
I know right? The perfect meal. 

Divide the chicken and sausages between the two trays, scatter in potatoes and onions, the zest of a lemon, add a few sprigs of Rosemary, season with a little salt & additional Rosemary, a drizzle of oil and you're in business.  I usually season with cracked pepper but I figured my youngest two (almost 3 & 6) would most certainly object to 'the  black bits' on their dinner so omitted the pepper at this point with the intention of happily peppering up at the table.  Whack her in the oven on around 200° C for an hour and Voila!  
From oven to table - dinner is served!

I kid you not. This recipe is so easy it's cra-zeee and always delicious.  Try it tonight why don't you - you'll be glad you did!