Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sausage and Veggie Hash

It’s now day 15 since I quit smoking, and I am still smoke free. Yay! I can’t say I’m out of the woods yet though. There are still times when I could murder a ciggie, especially after a meal, and I still find it hard to remain focused when I’m writing, but It is getting easier. On the plus side, food tastes so much better now, I don’t get as breathless, and I’m sure my gums are healing better, as my teeth don’t feel as sensitive as they did. Anyway, I’ll find out whether it’s done any good when I see the periodontist in early April.

So, on with the show.

This recipe is loosely based on one I saw on the Beeb, www.bbcgoodfood.com
Theirs used leftover veggies, which this doesn’t; I also added a few ingredients which weren’t in the original. I used some Spinach and Asiago Chicken Sausage that I had picked up at Sam’s Club and stuck in the freezer, they were delish, but you could use whatever sausage you like.

Sausage and Veggie Hash


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
5 Spinach and Asiago Chicken Sausages
3-4 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon butter
1 leek, white and pale green parts only, thoroughly cleaned and sliced
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 – 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Black pepper, to taste
½ -1 cup sharp cheddar, depending on your serving preference.

Directions:
  • Put potatoes in a pan of water, bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-high and parboil for about 3-5 minutes until potatoes are very slightly softened. Drain, set aside and allow to cool.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over a medium heat, add sausage and cook for about ten minutes until nicely browned. Cut sausages into chunks and keep warm in the oven on a low temp.
  • Clean skillet, then heat another tablespoon of oil over a medium-high heat, add potatoes and sauté until golden brown. Remove from pan and keep them warm in the oven.
  • Wipe skillet clean with paper towel, then melt butter over a medium heat. Add onion to pan and saute for 2 minutes, add leeks and saute for a further 2 minutes, finally add garlic and saute 1 minute. Stir mustard into the mix and season with fresh ground black pepper.
  • Return sausages and potatoes to pan, and toss gently with onion etc. Remove pan from heat, sprinkle on half the cheese and stir to combine.
  • Transfer mixture to a warm serving dish, you can serve at this point, which looks like the first photo and uses less cheese. Or you can top with remaining cheese and put dish under a hot broiler for 1-2 minutes until cheese melts. Either way it’s yummy.


17 comments:

Jason said...

Sounds pretty good, I love simple good meals like this one! Congrats on your 15 days, that's quite the accomplishment!

Sara said...

Congratulations on 15 days! This looks like great comfort food, I love anything that involves sausage.

Lisa said...

Yum! Good for you quitting smoking. That is very impressive...keep it up!

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds.. and looks.. awesome. I may try with kielbasa. I love all the veggies. Your photo looks great!

Emily said...

Ohhh yeah. That looks very good. I love sausage.

About your news: THAT IS GREAT! You're doing such a fantastic job! Keep up the good work.

Jennifer said...

That looks so good!

Congrats on quitting smoking!! I quit almost 14 years ago after smoking for 7 years. I know it seems weird to not do the things that you associate with smoking. I thought I would never be able to eat at a restaurant without smoking after dinner, smoking in my car to and from work, going out with friends.

But let me tell you, it will get better!! I've run 2 marathons since quitting smoking, and I could barely walk up a flight of stairs without coughing when I smoked. Good for you!!!

Lynda said...

Jan, that looks so good! I call that comfort food at it's best!Congrats on 15 smoke free days! I know you'll make it all the way.

Cheryl said...

Ohh my gosh that sounds good, I love hash. Congrats on your smoking cessation!

The Blonde Duck said...

That has looks great! Congrats on 15 days!

Marjie said...

Looks like a great use for sausage, which I love! Congrats on making it 15 days. I hope you just get to feeling better and better!

Paula said...

Oh, be still my heart! I absolutely, positively, most definitely love hash. I zeroed in on your use of mustard; I bet that adds a lovely "zip" to this. Those sausages sound so good, too. YUM! And, a big congrats on achieving the 15 day mark! Well done! :-)

Pam said...

Now this is my kind of meal! I love ANYTHING with potatoes. Great recipe Jan.

Congrats on your 15 days - it gets better and better...I promise.

Maria said...

Nice looking hash!

Sophie said...

MMMMMM....That dish looks superb!! I like eating dishes as this:yummie & uncomplicated with so yummie flavours!!!

pamokc said...

Hey Jan! Thanks for stopping by. Did you delete your other blog? Went to look for you and it wasn't there. This dish looks divine.

Jeena said...

Look really wholesome and filling Jan I bet it tasted fantastic. :-)

Kevin said...

That has looks good! The sausage sounds tasty as well.