I don’t know about you, but more and more I seem to gravitate to one-pot; one-pan or one-skillet suppers. Oh sure, you could argue that one-pot suppers equate to less cleanup. That would be a strong argument – except I’m not the one assigned to KP duty. If I don’t need to be the one to clean up the mess, why should I care?
The answer is simple. Less stress. One-pot suppers are easy. Never mind the cleanup aspect – cooking with one-pot tends to be less stressful. When you have a bunch of pots; pans and skillets going, you tend to jump around in the kitchen more, multi-tasking and stressing over the timing of everything. Bring this to a boil, simmer that, sear the thing in the middle. Bake this, broil that – count backwards from ten, then twirl around counter-clockwise three times. Okay, so maybe that last part is a bit of an exaggeration, but sometimes I feel as though I’ve just completed an obstetrical course. Our kitchen is “cozy”, which is a nice word for “small” as in cramped. If Kiddo is assisting, we need to be extra careful not to run into each other with a hot pan or sharp knife. Sometimes “twirling around” is necessary to avoid an accident. Not to mention Hubby’s need to start washing things BEFORE I’m finished. Sit a spoon down for too long and poof – it’s gone, washed, dried and put away. Which brings us to a never-ending argument . . .
“Where did my spoon go?” I ask, looking around.
“I washed it.” Hubby replies.
“What did you do that for?” I ask, slightly irritated as I fish another wooden spoon out of the spoon canisters on the counter.
“It was just sitting there.” Hubby explains.
“When I’m finished, I’ll throw it in the sink.” Is my usual reply, dodging Kiddo as he pulls a hot pan from the oven.
“That’s how the dishes pile up.” Hubby insists. I will admit, he’s getting better at staying out of the kitchen until I’m ready to set the table. Even then, all those pots and pans and such piled up in the sink makes him a little crazy. Unable to control himself, Hubby will wash a few things while I plate the various foods and add the final touches to make everything “pretty”.
I think we all feel less stressed with a one-pot supper.
Italian Chicken Sausage & Potato Skillet Supper
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
24 oz Italian Style Smoked Chicken Sausage
1/2 sweet onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 lb red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (divided)
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 splash of white wine (for steam)
Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Coin-cut sausage into bite-size pieces. Cook until browned, stirring to brown all sides.
While sausage is browning, cut potatoes and place in a microwaveable glass bowl. Cook on high for about 12 minutes or until potatoes are just beginning to soften.
Add potatoes to the sausages, stir to blend. Add onion, then season with salt and pepper. Toss everything in the skillet together to blend. Add a splash of white wine to help “steam” the potatoes soft. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring as needed.
Once potatoes are tender, add chopped Rosemary, garlic and ½ of tomatoes. Cook about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are cooked and beginning to burst. Sprinkle with basil, then remaining tomatoes and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Garnish with a few sprigs of Rosemary. Serve and enjoy!