Working 12 hour days at my primary job, I don’t have a lot of time to get dinner on the table each night before my little one needs to head off to bed for school the following day. Therefore, like most people, it’s an absolute necessity for me to have a set of quick and easy yet full of flavor recipes that I can get prepped and on the table in 30-minutes or less. Today, with the help of Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage, I’ve prepared this quick and easy Smoked Sausage Recipe for dinner in no time at all.
Still, I also need to work in a variety of fresh vegetables into every meal — so there’s just a quick chop on half a head of green cabbage and a quick dice on some potatoes and we are well on our the way to a quick and healthy meal. To speed things along, I added some “matchstick” carrots, too. If you were feeling extremely short on time, you could certainly use a bag of shredded cabbage (cole slaw mix) from your grocer’s refrigerated bags of salad section of the market. There are also bags of pre-peeled and diced potatoes in the dairy section of the market usually kept near the eggs. We use these shortcut options in a pinch if we find them on sale but ordinarily, I just scrub and dice a couple of potatoes from the garden. I chop and prepare the vegetables as the sausage rounds are browning in the pan. Then, once the sausage is ready, I just toss in the other ingredients and let it braise. It’s really just that simple.
So this is what it looks like at this stage of preparation. The sausage has been sliced into rounds and quickly browned, the cabbage is shredded, and the potatoes and onion have been peeled and chopped. The pan just needs the spices and chicken broth added. Then I will pop on the lid and let it simmer away for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Making a healthy, balanced meal does not have to be difficult or timely. If you have Hillshire Farm Sausage, you can quite easily create a quick, flavor-packed meal for those busy nights on-the-go or even just as a lazy night dinner home with the family. I know I can always use one of those (lazy) nights, too!
I have to share this little tidbit with you because I’m a gal who likes to save money. If you have a Kroger or Kroger Banner Store near you, between 3/30-4/19/16 you can pick up two (2) packages Hillshire Farm sausages for only $5 (while supplies last). There are so many flavors to chose from. It’s hard to just pick two… so, ya, I just went ahead and doubled my savings and purchased 4 packages. My local Kroger Store is a little out of my way, so better to pick them up now then have to drive back. So, I went ahead and put a couple packages in the freezer for later. These sausages are an easy meal for my husband when he’s at the station or when it’s his turn to cook dinner.
There really are a lot of different things you can make with a package of Hillshire Farm Sausage. With today’s recipe, we took the flavors to a more German style dish but with a quick change of spices, you can easily take this quick and simple dish into so many new directions like a Southwestern Skillet flavored with paprika and cumin served with what my family calls “Cowboy Potatoes” and a side of grilled vegetables. You could go Greek with Sausage, peppers, and potatoes served with crumbled Feta cheese. Or take this dish down to New Orleans for some spicy Cajun style Jambalaya cooked with rice or even pasta. The possibilities are literally endless so go ahead and check out these other Hillshire Farm Recipes for other ideas! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
If you’re not opposed to the extra carbs, serve some bread alongside this dish for sopping up all that aromatic broth. We had whole wheat but marbled rye would have been even better!
Smoked Sausage with Braised Cabbage and Potatoes
- 12 oz Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage cut into 1/2-inch rounds
- 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
- 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
- 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/2 head cabbage, cut into 1/2 inch shreds
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp chopped parsley for garnish
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet or Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, cook the smoked sausage rounds until they start to brown and get crispy edges. Then add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions begin to soften about 3 minutes.
- Add the cabbage shreds along with the diced potatoes and the fennel seeds, caraway seeds and red pepper flakes (optional), Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the chicken stock and vinegar.
- Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Check and adjust seasonings.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and additional vinegar. Serve with slices of bread to soak up the aromatic broth.