Chances are that wherever you are right now, it’s cold. I’m in Florida as I type this (which may make a few of you giggle) but this morning it was 38 degrees when I walked the dog, and it’s supposed to freeze tonight! For FLORIDIANS, I’ve got to say: THAT’S COLD! And when it’s cold I always like to make warm, filling foods. Foods that fill the entire house with amazing smells. Foods that get in your belly and settle in so nicely that you don’t even care how cold it is outside. Like soup. Except, if you ate soup all the time, you’d get bored with it rather quickly. So, instead…allow me to present: Squash & Sausage Bake 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 and a half cups) 2 apples, sliced 1 cup seedless red grapes 1 small red onion, chopped 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon caraway 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 6 bratwursts or Italian sausages It’s really not that many ingredients! (Yay for a budget-friendly meal, too!) 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees 2. Combine squash, apples, grapes and onion. (Don’t you love how colorful it is?!) 3. Sprinkle with oil, caraway, salt and pepper, then toss to coat. 4. Pour into a 13X9-inch pan, or a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet, and arrange your bratwursts over the top. 5. Bake until brats are browned and hot all the way through, and the squash is very tender. (Mine took 35 minutes). This is seriously one of my favorite things to pull out of the oven! The brats are perfectly browned and so plump and juicy, and the apples and squash have softened just enough to be perfectly delicious! The onions have added just the right flavor, and the grapes have split and let their juices flow through the whole dish. (Now I’m hungry again.) Sometimes I’ll serve this with rolls and a salad, but it really is phenomenal all by itself, too! If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think! For additional recipes and more “domestic” fun, you can always find me at www.theroadtodomestication.com, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadToDomestication) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/DomesticRoad).
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