Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One Pot Apples, Brats & Squash

I have heard about and seen recipes for "One Pot Meals", but I have never actually made one before. So while I was at the grocery store I saw a stack of recipe cards sitting out and picked one up to look at it and it looked like it contained a lot of ingredients I like to eat.  Apples, squash, grapes, bratwurst... it all sounded good so I stuck the recipe in my purse and continued my shopping.  Well a couple weeks went by and I saw the recipe card in my pile of recipes to try and thought, this is as good of a time as any to make this.  It's super easy to make and the flavors of the squash and apples really do compliment the brats nicely.  So here is my version of One Pot Apples, Brats & Squash.   
Ironically, when I was in grade school I used to not like my food to touch on my dinner plate.  I wanted a space in between each and every dish because heaven forbid they would a little bit of potatoes would get on my green beans or meat or whatever else we were eating.  My mother would say, "it doesn't matter if they touch because it all ends up in the same place."  My response was, "Yes, but you don't cook it all in the same pot."  Well here I am 20 some years later and.... cooking it all in the same pot.

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into bit size pieces
2 apples, cored and sliced
1 cup seedless red grapes
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. caraway seed
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
5 bratwurst (about 1 lb.)

1. In a large roasting pan combine squash, apples and grapes.
2. Sprinkle with oil, caraway seed, salt and pepper.
3. Arrange brats over the top.
4. Roast at 450 degrees for 40 minutes until brats are browned and squash is tender.
Serves 6.

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