Smoked Sausage with Cheddar Apple Potato Hash is a quick, easy skillet meal your family will love. Savory smoked sausage links are combined with an apple, potato, onion hash and smothered with sharp cheddar. With the homemade honey mustard sauce to accompany it, this is one dish hard to resist!
Smoked Sausage with Cheddar, Apple, Potato Hash
Starting a food blog has elevated my status as a cooking hotline for friends and acquaintances. I love it, welcome it, and revel in it because it’s impossible for me to tire of talking about food.
People also now frequently confide in me how much they cannot cook or are very intimidated by it. This I do have a problem with. No one CAN’T cook. They just DON’T cook.
If you’re willing to practice, you are capable of cooking. In fact, making plenty of mistakes while learning usually warrants the best lessons. The tips, tricks, and techniques ingrained in me are ones I have learned from creating some sort of disaster in the kitchen.
When Ryan and I lived in our first apartment together I was over the moon about having a garbage disposal. We never had one growing up, and I always felt it was a very swanky thing to have. My enthusiasm led to every little food scrap to be magically whisked down the disposal, including the remnants from five pounds of potatoes I was peeling. Subsequently roadblocking our drain and flooding the kitchen floor taught me starchy food scraps and garbage disposals should remain mutually exclusive here on out.
Recently, while rushing to get dinner on the table, I threw my mac and cheese casserole in the oven while it was still preheating. Turns out my oven’s Rapid Preheat option blazes extreme amounts of heat in a short period of time. In retrospect, the name of the function should have tipped me off. Instead I learned the inner workings when the top layer of my macaroni and cheese resembled cooled lava. I will forever wait the extra three minutes.
Before I post original recipes on the blog my family has to endure eating several versions of the same dish before they are deemed a success. Unfortunately for Ryan, I don’t introspectively critique my recipes during dinner. There’s a lot of: this isn’t very good, I should have done this, just don’t eat it, I hate it interrupting his meal. If it wouldn’t end up driving the kids into therapy, I would probably even exercise dramatic table flipping from time to time.
The nature of disasters you open yourself up to when you coexist with children compounds. A few days ago Elliot and Finn helped themselves to some ill-advisedly placed cooling cake layers. Judging from the remaining evidence at the crime scene, they used a technique reminiscent of zombies crawling out of grave to reach up to the counter and claw at it. My reaction yielded not one of my best moments as a mother.
So, you see? As long as you just try, practice, and learn you can count on never make the same mistake twice with cooking. You’ll improve with each meal, and with all the infinite possibilities of what can go wrong, I guarantee you’ll never stop learning. First, you just have to start doing it.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 about 2 1/2 lbs. medium Russet potatoes, peeled and cut in 3/4" cubes
- 2 13 oz. packages smoked turkey sausage, each link cut in 4 pieces and then split in half lengthwise
- 2 medium Golden Delicious apples, chopped
- 2 tbsp. butter, divided
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. stone ground mustard
In a medium saucepan cover potatoes with water and add 2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil and simmer on high for 5 minutes to parboil. Drain and set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet heat 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Fry sausages about 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may have to do this in two batches. Remove sausages to plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Add additional tablespoon of butter and tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add drained potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion, apples, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper to skillet. Cook 12-15 minutes, using a silicon spoon to stir, flip occasionally, and scrape up pieces on bottom of skillet until apples are crisp tender and potatoes are cooked through.
Sprinkle cheese on top of hash, place sausages on top, and cover with lid to warm briefly and melt cheese. Combine honey and mustard to serve with sausages and hash.
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