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!



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

    Sharing is fun!Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone


    1. says

      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!

    2. says

      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.

    3. says

      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!

    4. says

      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.

    5. says

      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!