Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sausage and Potato Skillet/Bake
This recipe I make for comfort food. It is a favorite of Master's and it is very simple. Meat and potatoes.
3 or 4 potatoes - peeled and cubed
1 lb. Sausage - Italian, Smoked sausage, Turkey/Chicken Sausage or Kielbasa, cut in bit size pieces
2 sweet bell peppers (orange, yellow or red), cut in cubes
1 small onion, cut in cubes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a microwavable bowl, filled half way with water, add potatoes. Microwave on high for 9 minutes. Drain potatoes.
2. Using a large skillet, brown sausage on all sides according to the package.
3. Add vegetables and potatoes and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the ingredients.
4. Stir in Parmesan cheese and seasonings.
5. Continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until potatoes are nicely browned.
IF YOU WANT TO BAKE:
The recipe title and picture title says bake. And that is because sometimes I bake the mixture instead of just doing it in a skillet.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. In a microwavable bowl, filled half way with water and add potatoes. Microwave on high for 9 minutes. Drain potatoes.
2. Grease a 9 x 13 pan add all ingredients including 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Tossing to make sure the cheese, seasoning and oil coat the potatoes, sausage and vegetables.
3. Bake for 45 minutes tossing after 20 minutes. Bake until the potatoes are tender and starting to brown/crisp and the sausage and vegetables are cooked through.
* Seasonings - My favorite is Penzeys Bavarian Seasoning. But I have used a combination of rosemary, marjoram, dried mustard and basil and garlic powder. Play with it and decide what tastes good to you.
Cooking potatoes in microwave: To test if the potatoes are done slide a fork into a cube. Does it slide in easily? If so then they are done. If not, you can continue to cook in microwave or add a little water to your skillet and cook covered for about 10 minutes - until water is evaporated and potatoes start to brown.
Package of the sausage I like to use. We get them at SAM's. I have used all the different kinds of sausage listed in the ingredients though and they each have their own appeal.
These sausages are really good in tomato sauce and served on pasta or with pasta tossed with pesto, or even on a brat bun with peppers and onions.