Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sausages with Smashed Potatoes and Cornichons

Sausages with Smashed Potatoes

Sausages.  Do you prefer pork or chicken?  I use chicken a lot just because they are lighter and there are all the spiced and fancied up varieties.   I don’t even know what variety I used with this recipe, but looking back on it, I wish it would have been pork.  Sometimes you need that pork fat goodness.  Don’t get me wrong, this was good, but I think a little more fat would have been just right.  Also, cornichons??  I just cut up some dill pickles, which I have a zillion of because I bought a big warehouse size jar full of, simply because I wanted the  jar to do some fermenting in.  So, expect lots of pickles showing up on plates here at Sidewalk Shoes in the future!

Sausages with Smashed Potatoes and Cornichons (From Real Simple) 

  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes (about 18), halved
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 Italian sausage links (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/2 cup cornichons, chopped, plus 3 tablespoons of the brine
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla), chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

    Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes; drain.

    Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the cornichon brine, mustard, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the potatoes, cornichons, onion, and parsley and mix, mashing gently. Cut the sausages into large pieces and serve with the potatoes.

    This will be my entry for Foodie Friday!!  I know it’s only Thursday, but I have a non-foodie post for tomorrow!

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    This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

    12 comments:

    Joanne said...

    I vacillate back and form between pork and chicken. If the dish is already rich - chicken it is, if not. I'm a pork girl.

    Great dish! A super huge jar of pickles? Yum!

    Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

    Mmm, great end of season fare. May I have some for breakfast? ☺

    Cathy said...

    The German girl in me loves sausages and potatoes. I agree with you about pork sausage. Sometimes chicken is just too lean and lacks flavor.

    Marjie said...

    I always use pork sausage. I bought a 10 pound case of sausage, thinking it would be sweet Italian sausage, but it turned out to be breakfast sausage. Oh, well, makes for good breakfast and lunch material!

    From the Kitchen said...

    Pickles are good! I eat them every chance I get. I think this dish looks delicious.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    Mags said...

    Cornichons...I learned a new word!

    Looks delish!

    Nancy said...

    I'm starved right now and this looks unbelievable. Thanks for sharing he recipe. I think I'd go for the chicken.

    Peter M said...

    A mighty fine fall dish...a smear of Dijon for me please. ;)

    grace said...

    chicken, turkey, pork, whatever--i just want sausage! this plate of food is stellar, and that's all she wrote.

    Lea Ann said...

    Pam I love this! I like both pork and chicken, but do prefer the texture of chicken sausage. Another bookmarked and gotta get that magazine.

    Chris said...

    I'm more of a pork sausage guy but when they are seasoned up a bit, I like chicken sausages too.

    But you aren't surprised by that. Great looking dish Pam!

    Debinhawaii said...

    This looks pretty delicious to me, no matter what sausage you use. ;-)