It is officially fall and the weather is reflecting the change in season. As things cool off I love to make soups and stews. This one is particularly easy because you can use canned, frozen or fresh vegetables. Just use whatever you have on hand.
- x-factor spice blend: 2 tablespoons
- smoked sausage: 12oz of your favorite
- potatoes: 3-4 medium, chopped, not peeled
- green beans: 8oz can
- corn: 1 cup
- chicken brother: 1 cup
- Feel free to add other vegetables.
I prefer to make this stew in one big pot. There are two pros to this. One, by sautéing the sausage in the pan first and then adding the rest of the ingredients, you retain all the yummy sausage flavors. Two, you only have one pot to wash after dinner.
Now get out your Dutch oven or a big pot. Slice the smoked sausage in half inch slices and brown in a little olive oil. This is where x- factor comes in, season your sausage generously because you will be diluting the flavor with broth and veggies. Remember the sausage is already smoked so sauteing is just to develop flavor. After a few minutes of browning, pour in the broth to deglaze the pan and scrape up any flavor bits stuck to the bottom. Add in your veggies. (If canned don’t bother to drain them.) Then, drop in your red potatoes that have been chopped into similar size pieces as your sausage. Put the lid on, turn the heat to medium, and boil until the potatoes are tender, 12-15 minutes.
Serve alongside a slice of beer bread or piece of corn bread for ultimate dining pleasure.