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Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner (or lunch prep for the week!)

September 22, 2017
This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 
This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it mild or spicy.  It’s delicious! 

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

Can I just say that I’m a little bit in love with sheet pan dinners?   It is just so nice, on a busy night, to be able to throw a bunch of ingredients on a sheet pan, throw it in the oven, and have supper be done.  And a delicious supper, at that!
This recipe uses sausages.  When I was young I was not much of a fan of sausages, but as an adult I’ve come to love them.  They’re cheap, versatile and require little to no preparation (other than cooking, of course).  I know they’re not health food, but sometimes I think that’s just fine (and depending on what kind you buy, they might be pretty good!).
I also use sweet potatoes in this recipe, which have been on sale (hello fall!), tossed in a quick homemade Cajun spice mix.  I’ve always loved the way Cajun spice and sweet potatoes play together – such a great flavour combo!  Add a bit of broccoli (also on sale!) to the mix and you’ve got a delicious, easy, FAST supper, coming right up (and just one pan to wash after!).
Don’t miss the step-by-step photo instructions below the recipe!
This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 
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Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner (or lunch prep for the week!)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it mild or spicy.  It's delicious! 
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Myra
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
  • 1 pkg sausages
  • 2 sweet potatoes I used fairly large ones
  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Cajun Spice Mix
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, if possible a few minutes before you're ready to start cooking. There is no prep ahead of time.
  2. Lay out your sausages on a sheet pan.* Bake the sausages in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes while you prep your sweet potatoes and seasoning.  
  3. Chop two sweet potatoes into small cubes about 1 inch square.  I washed mine well instead of peeling them.  In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Cajun Spice Mix.
  4. Take your sheet pan out of the oven and add the sweet potatoes to it.  I keep the sausages in the centre and add the sweet potatoes on either side.  Drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or oil of your choice) and sprinkle with the seasoning.  Toss them around.  Bake for 10 more minutes while you prep your broccoli.
  5. Wash a head of broccoli and chop it into florets.  Peel the stem and slice it. After the ten minutes is over, take the sheet pan out.  Flip the sausages over and then add the broccoli to the sheet pan too.  Drizzle with another 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with the of kosher salt and a bit of pepper.  Toss around on the pan. I also like to give the sweet potatoes a little toss to make sure they're not sticking and will cook evenly.  Bake for 10 more minutes.
  6. When the timer goes off, take the pan out of the oven.  I like to test the sausages (and all my meat) with a meat thermometer to make sure it's done.  For sausages you're looking for 165 degrees F. **
  7. If the sausages are up to temperature and the veggies are done to the softness you want (I like my broccoli to still have some texture), you're done! Enjoy! 🙂
Recipe Notes

*(I have a 3/4 sheet pan - it's bigger than a regular one and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it - the extra size is amazing! I looked for one on Amazon and they shockingly don't seem to have them yet, but I got mine locally at the Superstore and I think I've seen them at Walmart.   If you don't have one you can use a regular sized cookie sheet but you might crowd things, and you might need to use two sheets and rotate them between the racks half way through the cooking time.)

**We have this meat thermometer and I really love it because it's fast, has a really long probe and is inexpensive.  You can read more about why I SERIOUSLY recommend a meat thermometer here.

Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner – Step-by-Step Instructions

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner – Ingredients

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

The very first thing you’ll have to do is preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.  This recipe comes together super fast, so if you can do that as soon as you walk in the door or before you really start doing any prep, that will work best.
Lay out your sausages on a sheet pan. (I have a 3/4 sheet pan – it’s bigger than a regular one and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it – the extra size is amazing! I looked for one on Amazon and they shockingly don’t seem to have them yet, but I got mine locally at the Superstore and I think I’ve seen them at Walmart.   If you don’t have one you can use a regular sized cookie sheet but you might crowd things, and you might need to use two sheets and rotate them between the racks half way through the cooking time.)
Bake the sausages in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes while you prep your sweet potatoes and seasoning.  My sausages only really needed 5 minutes at this stage, but it might take a few extra minutes to mix the seasoning and chop the sweet potato.

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

Chop two sweet potatoes into small cubes about 1 inch square.  I washed mine well instead of peeling them.  In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of paprika, 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of salt,  1/8 teaspoon of pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

Take your sheet pan out of the oven and add the sweet potatoes to it.  I like to keep the sausages in the centre and add the sweet potatoes on either side.  Drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or oil of your choice) and sprinkle with the seasoning.  Toss them around.  Bake for 10 more minutes while you prep your broccoli.

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

Wash a head of broccoli and chop it into florets.  I peel the stem and slice it too.

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

After the ten minutes is over, take the sheet pan out.  Flip the sausages over and then add the broccoli to the sheet pan too.  Drizzle with another 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and a bit of pepper.  Toss around on the pan. I also like to give the sweet potatoes a little toss to make sure they’re not sticking and will cook evenly.  Bake for 10 more minutes.

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

When the timer goes off, take the pan out of the oven.  I like to test the sausages (and all my meat) with a meat thermometer to make sure it’s done.  For sausages you’re looking for 165 degrees F.  We have this meat thermometer and I really love it because it’s fast, has a really long probe and is inexpensive.  You can read more about why I SERIOUSLY recommend a meat thermometer here.

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

The cooking should be done!  Enjoy this sheet pan dinner as a fast weeknight supper or make it as lunch prep for the week!

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious! 

This Sausage and Cajun Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe is on the table in 25 minutes and is easy easy easy!  Make it as a quick weeknight supper, or do your lunch prep for the entire week!  You can customize the cajun spice to make it spicy or completely mild.  It's delicious!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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