Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sausage and Peppers

This is a very quick and easy meal.  The only trick is that you cannot freeze raw potatoes!  They will turn black and ruin your dinner.  So this recipe requires you to boil the potatoes before you freeze them, but the rest of the prep can be done in ten minutes or less.  This is a great meal to leave for your husband if you are going out of town.  It's easy to make and tasty to eat.  You can use any peppers that you like so make it mild or super spicy! 


1 pkg Eckrich Smoked Turkey Sausage     2.00
1 onion                                                                .40
1 bell pepper                                                      .48
8 small red or gold potatoes                        1.00
1 cup Italian dressing                                      .75
salt and pepper to taste


Fill a medium saucepan with water and place on the stove.  Scrub the potatoes and place them in the pan.  You do not need to remove the skins.  Turn burner on to medium high heat and bring to a boil.  Boil potatoes 15-20 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.

Meanwhile slice the turkey sausage, peppers and onions.  Set aside. 

When the potatoes are cooked move them to a towel with a slotted spoon.  Let cool about 5 minutes.  Place half of the potatoes in two 8x8" pans.  Divide the onions, peppers and sausage between the two pans.  Sprinkle each with salt and pepper.  Pour 1/2 C of Italian dressing over each pan. 

Cover with foil, label and freeze.

Once thawed bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, remove the cover and bake 10 minutes more.  I was able to make two pans of sausage and peppers for $2.32.  These are great to have on hand for a last minute supper.  You can even open up a thawed pan, skewer the veggies and sausage and warm them on the grill.  The potatoes and sausage are fully cooked and you just need to heat the meal through.  Once baked you can scoop the potatoes out with a spoon and put the sausage and peppers on a bun and eat it as a hot sandwich.  Lots of options for this quick meal! 

Here it is after baking.  The potatoes are nice and soft.  The green peppers still have a crunch.  And the dressing turns tangy and zesty in the oven.  Yum!  My husband loved this one.  It's a nice change from the creamy sauces of other baked dishes.  Here's my dinner!

Christie aka Keeza