Smoked Sausage and Potatoes Dinner is an easy skillet meal combining savory smoked sausage with a cheesy potato, apple, and onion hash.
Smoked sausage dinner recipes prove to be a weeknight hit because they come together so quickly. Since the sausage is already cooked, they only require a quick warm up and pair perfectly with a hearty potato hash.
- Potatoes – This smoked sausage recipe uses russet potatoes, but any type may be substituted.
- Smoked sausage – Use beef, kielbasa, or turkey sausage for a healthier meal.
- Gold Delicious apple – These apples work well for sauteing because they don’t break down or turn mushy. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold will also work.
- Thyme – Use fresh or dried for flavoring the potato hash.
- Sharp Cheddar – I prefer sharp cheddar because the taste is more pronounced. Any cheese will work, though! Alternatively, leave off for a dairy free recipe.
How To Make Smoked Sausage and Potatoes
- First boil the peeled, chopped potatoes. Cutting the potatoes in smaller pieces helps them cook faster. Simmer until just fork tender, about 3-4 minutes.
- Next, saute the smoked sausage slices until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, keeping the oil and drippings in the pan.
- Add the apples and onions, cooking until tender.
- Melt the butter in the pan, then add drained potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine with butter and seasonings.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of potato hash. Add the cooked sausage to the top and remove from heat. Cover for cheese to melt and rewarm sausages.
More Ways to Cook Smoked Sausage
If you are looking for other ways to cook smoked sausage, besides pan frying, you have options!
Grilled: Grill over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning frequently. Remove and slice.
Boil: Add sausage slices to 2-3 inches of boiling water. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is smoked sausage already cooked?
Yes. Packaged smoked sausages are fully cooked, so they just need to heated. Either pan fry, grill, or boil on the stove top to heat through.
Can I Substitute Turkey Smoked Sausage?
Yes. To make a healthy smoked sausage and potato skillet, substitute turkey sausage. Also the cheese may be omitted to lighten the recipe.
Can I Substitute Other Ingredients for the Potato Hash?
You may adjust the potato hash recipe to your liking. Leave out the onions, use sweet potatoes or combination of both, leave out apples or substitute pears. Peppers may also be added.
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Smoked Sausage and Potatoes
- 2 Russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut in ½" cubes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 14 ounce smoked sausage, cut in ½" thick slices
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 Golden Delicious apple, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a medium saucepan cover potatoes with water and add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until just fork tender. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat saute sausages about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove sausage to a plate, leaving oil and drippings in the pan.
- Add onions and apples to the skillet, cooking and stirring for 4 minutes, or until onions are tender.
- Add butter to melt, then potatoes, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat in butter and seasonings.
- Sprinkle cheddar over potatoes and lay sausages on top. Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes for cheese to melt and rewarm sausages.
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- Potatoes - Any type of potatoes may be substituted. Try red potatoes, gold, or sweet potatoes.
- Smoked sausage - Use beef, kielbasa, or turkey sausage for a healthier meal.
- Apples - Golden delicious work well for sauteing because they don't break down or turn mushy. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold will also work.
- Cheese - I prefer sharp cheddar because the taste is more pronounced. Any cheese will work, though! Alternatively, leave off for a dairy free recipe.
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