In every home there are days when you just don’t want to cook (I’ve said that before) and yesterday was one of those days for me. I didn’t have anything exciting in the way of an entrée to prepare so I had to rely on my ingenuity and a well stocked pantry to come up with a meal.
Let me share my thought process with you. First of all I always have plenty of sausage in my freezer that bails me out on many an occasion. Check, defrost the sausage. In the frig I had one half of a head of cabbage, and in my fresh vegetable bin I had one large red potato. That was the beginning of what turned out to be an easy and delightfully delicious one dish meal. I sliced one link of the sausage into ¼–inch slices. Next I washed, then cut the potato in half lengthwise and then into ¼-inch slices. Finally I chopped the cabbage. I was ready to begin cooking.
I took my large skillet, sprayed it with oil, added 2 tablespoons olive oil and put it over a medium flame. In went the sausage to fry a couple of minutes, followed by the potatoes to lightly brown, then the cabbage. Stirring frequently I tended my skillet until all ingredients were browned and I added ½-can Rotel tomatoes and juice plus ½-can chicken stock. A little salt and pepper and I was on my way. Put a lid on that honey and let it simmer over a low flame for about 10 minutes, until cabbage and potatoes were cooked and dinner was ready. The blend of flavors were excellent. The meal was very low calorie and tasty as could be. My husband was delighted with the fare and so was I.
I actually was surprised at how good it was. Necessity is the mother of invention I am told and that is how a lot of my recipes are born. If you like cooked cabbage I hope you will try this easy one dish meal.
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Sausage and Cabbage One Dish Meal
SERVES 2 generously
- 1 link sausage (I used Andouille but beef or Italian sausage works)
- 1 large red potato
- 1 head green cabbage
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ can Rotel or other diced tomatoes
- ½ can chicken broth
- whole kernel corn
- small ears corn on the cob
- green peas or lima beans
- small carrots
Slice sausage into ¼ inch pieces. Wash and slice potato in half lengthwise then cut into ¼ inch slices. Chop cabbage into chunks.
Spray large skillet with oil and heat over medium heat. Add olive oil to skillet. When hot, add sausage then potatoes and lightly brown all, gently stirring frequently (you don’t want the potatoes to break apart). Add cabbage and continue to stir and brown. When cabbage begins to brown, add tomatoes and broth, cover, turn heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes and cabbage are just tender. Season to taste. Serve with hot crusty bread if you have it on hand.
It was delicious just like that but you can improvise further and add additional sausage and/or vegetables as indicated if you want to stretch the dish further. If using more vegetables add the remainder of the tomatoes and broth.
Ya’ll have a down home delicious day with little effort and lots of flavor.
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