My usual requirements for a favorite dinner include easy, cheap, and fast. I mean, I’ll cook other meals, but those three boxes need to be checked if it is a meal that I’m going to cook often.
Last night we returned home after evacuating for eight days and needed a quick, easy, and cheap meal. Hurricane Irma ravaged my area but we were extremely lucky. Other than minor damage, our house was standing and our family was safe together. We did, however, lose power for 5 days causing everything in our fridge and freezers (we have a deep freezer as well) to expire.
To complicate things, the stores within a close proximity were either still out of power or recovering from losing power. The stores my husband ventured into were full of people even if many shelves were empty. Dinner was going to be a slight challenge.
While he was searching the stores, I was scouring the pantry. I found that somehow we still had potatoes and a couple of onions. Right then he called to say that he found some of the Hillshire Farms sausage that we like on sale- three of them for five bucks. Score!
I knew what we were going to have for dinner and it checked all three boxes. And it is delicious. Perfect for our first home cooked meal after an extended time away.
We are a family of seven, so if you are a smaller family you can obviously use less of the ingredients.
- Beef smoked sausage (2 of them)
- 6 large potatoes (I only had small potatoes and beggars can’t be choosers)
- 1 large onion (again…you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit. Ignore my miniature onion.)
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil or grapeseed oil
- Slice up potatoes, onions, and sausage.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place frying pan on stove and turn to medium high heat in order to preheat.
- Drizzle the oil into a glass pan.
- Add potatoes and onions.
- Toss with oil and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.
- Place in oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
- In the meantime, place sausage slices in the frying pan. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Let cook for 4 minutes and check for desired doneness on the side that is down. My kiddos think that anything slightly dark is burnt; my hubby and I like crispy edges. If you are cooking for a small army, like me, you will need to do batches.
- Drain sausage on napkins.
- Add sausage to potatoes and mix.
- Continue to cook for another 10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through (tender enough for a fork to pierce through without mushing the potato)
- Top with sour cream if desired and enjoy!!!
Hopefully your family will enjoy this dinner as much as mine does. What are some of your go-to dinners? Leave me ideas in the comments!