Another dreary, rainy, winter day…not particularly cold, but as usual on a day like this I’m in need of comfort food. In trying to keep one of my New Year’s resolutions to be sure and use what’s in my freezer, I was rummaging through the freezer to see what was there. Interesting package of four plump sausages. Only problem, I don’t know what they are–except that they are labeled “hot”. But I’m sure they are due to be used–probably a sample that I got at one of the farmers’ markets this summer. So we’re going to cook those this evening. (I usually try to be careful to label things that get put into the freezer–I suspect that these were frozen when I brought them home, so I just tossed them into the freezer and…now I don’t know for sure what I’ve got. But–they look like the should turn into a luscious meal once cooked.
Looking through the vegetable drawer in the fridge I found Brussels sprouts, potatoes (yes, I do keep my potatoes in the fridge because they aren’t in there long enough to change taste or texture.)
Onions, garlic, chili peppers, potatoes, sausages…and sprouts. I’m being lazy today so I want easy food, but flavorful and satisfying. Since there are four sausages I think that I should just do about 4 serving of this dish: one for another day this week, and maybe one for the “ready-to-eat” part of the freezer, along with the soup and the chilli.
I took four medium size Yukon Gold potatoes scrubbed but not peeled, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks, mixed with about 6 or 8 garlic cloves, one medium onion chopped into 1-inch chunks, about 15 trimmed Brussels sprouts, all sprinkled with a three-finger pinch of salt. On top of that go the four sausages, skins pierced so that they won’t explode, and some herbs. (Being in truly lazy mode, I used herbs de Provence since that’s got a variety of herbs so likely something will connect with the sausage seasoning.
I added about 1/4 cup of water, covered the baking dish tightly, and popped it into a 350 ° F oven. I’ll check it in about 45 minutes. When the potatoes are close to being done, the cover comes off and it finish cooking uncovered. Add one green salad, or maybe just the sprouts, and there’s comfort food, and lazy comfort food at that!