I am by no means a chef. More often than not, I follow recipes to a “T,” rarely daring to approach the edge of improvising. Nevertheless, I find a certain joy getting in the kitchen and rustling something up. It’s especially nice on a day when not much goes as planned – I can go in the kitchen and focus on actually completing a task, seeing a finished product. A (hopefully) tasty product at that! And every so often, I like to pretend I’m Julia Child – throwing a chicken around, laughing at myself, and simply trying; for such a time as this, I have a Spotify playlist to help savor the moment and get my culinary juices flowing – help yourself!
For those of you like me looking to add to your recipe book, I thought I would share some of mine and Chad’s particularly favorite dishes with you, especially if they meet our “high standards” of easy, cheap, healthy, tasty. Here is one such recipe that is so flexible, you don’t even need all the exact ingredients, just what you have on hand:
Sweet Sausage Apples
1-2 lb breakfast sausage (any will do – pork, turkey, maple-flavored, etc.)
3-5 sweet potatoes (or substitute/mix in regular potatoes)
3ish apples (tart, like Granny Smith, are best, but any apple works)
olive oil (to drizzle)
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp. dried rosemary
1-2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 400°F
Dice the sweet potatoes,place in a large mixing bowl, lightly*drizzle with oil, and combine with rosemary, cinnamon, and salt. Use your judgment if you think you need more of either spice.
*I’m going to emphasize the lightly part whenever using oil in this recipe – you don’t want soggy potatoes
Lightly*oil a baking sheet, spread potatoes onto it, and place in oven.
While potatoes are roasting, brown your sausage in a large skillet.
While potatoes are roasting and sausage is browning, dice the apples.
Once the sausage is browned, add the diced apples to the skillet along with some cinnamon (you can eye this – I believe in you!). Cover the pan and let cook until the apples are slightly soft, stirring once in awhile. Remove from heat.
Once potatoes are roasted to your liking, remove and stir them into the sausage and apples.
Voila! Pour into bowl, serve, and eat it all up!
We’ve enjoyed sweet sausage apples as a main dish for dinner along with bread and a veggie, a main dish for breakfast/brunch, or even as a side dish! If using it for a main dish, I recommend making the bigger portion – 2lbs sausage, 5 potatoes, etc.to feed 4-6 people. Let me know what you think, any variations you try, or any food you find this pairs well with!
From my kitchen to yours,