Best laid plans and all . . . had planned to make Orange Beef Stir Fry for dinner tonight. Woke up this morning only to realize my stir-fry meat was still neatly wrapped in the freezer. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather my food thaw the traditional way – in the refrigerator. That means thinking at lease 24-hours ahead. (Sometimes I will “quick” thaw by starting it in the microwave on the defrost setting, then finish in the refrigerator, which cuts the thaw time down to about 10 hours or so). Now I will admit, I considered a “quick” thaw, but hey – it’s Thursday. The more I thought about Orange Beef Stir Fry, the more I realized if we ran behind schedule, I’d miss one of the few shows on the Boob-Tube that I actually like – Bazinga! Yep, I’ll admit it – I am a Big Bang Fan. (My favorite lounging around the house T-Shirt says “I am not crazy, my mother had me tested”. Hubby has a Rock – Paper – Scissors – Lizard – Spock T-shirt).
Out with the plan – it was time to improvise. One of the things we keep in the freezer for occasions such as this is Hillshire Farms Smoked Beef Sausage. Whenever we find them on sale, we stock up. The great thing about Smoked Beef Sausage is that you can barbecue them, cook them with potatoes, add them to a pasta . . . great for quick comfort food. And I was definitely in the mood for some comfort food. That and a good cup of Joe.
This dish is almost the same as one I posted earlier – Brother Dear’s Smokes Sausage and Fried Potatoes – almost. Only this dish calls for Yukon Gold Potatoes cut into cubes and instead of serving corn as a side, it goes right into the skillet with the potatoes and sausage, making this a one-skillet supper.
A Corny Take on Smoked Sausage with Fried Potatoes
6 Medium Size Yukon Gold Potatoes, washed
Salt & Pepper to Taste
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
2 Hillshire Farms Smoked Beef Sausage, coin cut
1 Can Corn, well-drained
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Scrub potatoes. Cut into bite-size cubes. Place into a microwave safe dish. Drizzle potatoes with about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper.
Microwave potatoes for about 10 minutes, until almost cooked through.
Empty potatoes into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Allow potatoes to begin to brown.
Coin cut Smoked Beef Sausage and add to skillet with potatoes. Stir, toss to mix well.
Drain corn, add to skillet. Stir, toss to mix well.
Lower heat to about medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and sausage is heated through. Depending upon size of potatoes, this should take about 10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy.
Note: This is also delicious with diced carrots instead of or in addition to the corn.
Stir and toss all the ingredients together in the skillet. Taste and adjust seasonings. Continue to cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender and everything is heated through.