Wednesday, November 7, 2012

One-Skillet Smoked Sausage & Apples

As someone who doesn't own a dishwasher, I'm all over meals that can be done in one pot/dish/skillet.  Less mess for The Mom to clean up is always a good thing.

I threw this dinner together after coming home from the grocery store the other night.  Fast, easy, and yummy.

Here's what you'll need: 
(adapted from a Better Homes magazine recipe)

1 lb smoked sausage, cut into big chunks 
2 apples, cut into big chunks (I used a fuji and an Asian pear)
3 or 4 potatoes, cut into big chunks
Bottle of beer, plus one for drinking while you cook
2 Tbsp butter, divided
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp orange zest
Sage leaves

Start out by boiling your potatoes for about 10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, brown up your apples in 1 Tbsp of butter, remove and set aside.  Brown up your sausage in the same skillet.  Pour in the beer and stir to scrape up all the brown goodies off the bottom of the pan.  Add remaining 1 Tbsp of butter, brown sugar, vinegar, and orange peel. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 to 6 minutes.  Add potatoes to pan.  Stir everyone around to coat them in the sauce and let simmer another 5 minutes or so.  Fold in apples and heat through.  Sprinkle with sage leaves just before serving.

Here's everyone in the pan at my house:

We had toasted marble rye alongside and a big squirt of sweet-hot mustard on top.

Here's dinner on my plate:

Good stuff, kids.
On a side note, do you think Santa will bring me a new fancy camera that takes pictures in the dark?
I've been really, really, good.


  1. Whoa, Nellie, this sounds and looks so good--I want to try this! I hope Santa hears you, too! I got up this morning, saw sun, and jumped out of bed to grab my camera and start shooting projects--on many levels this is just not right. We did hang out with friends in Portland last night to listen to the election results at a little restaurant I'd never been to before, so that was fun. While there met a guy who won a singing contest and a gal who does specialty Halloween-type makeup effects--never know who you're going to run into in Portland, right :)

  2. Mmmmmmmmm,...every single part of it looks delicious. I want that marble rye right now please.


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