This holiday season I often found myself trying to figure out how to not go to the grocery store as I knew that I had an impending trip on my hands, and didn’t want food to go to waste. Since we have two families to travel to (his and mine), December is often filled with, “Really? Pasta again?”. Tonight I was faced with a similar challenge. We came back from my parents house Wednesday night and happily treated ourselves to sushi to avoid the impending fridge question. But last night, we sadly had to get back to reality. We always seem to have an enormous amount of pasta on hand, and now thanks to my nifty Christmas gift of a pasta maker, I can ensure that this will always be the case. (Thanks mom!) Not that I don’t love pasta. In fact I love pasta dearly, which is why it takes up so much real estate in our cabinets. It’s versatile, my husband and child love it, I can whip it up at the drop of a hat and a bonus, it may be the only thing my husband cooks reasonably well (yes, that is the reason for the instructions on the box!) But, I am TIRED of pasta. Even Zara, when given the pasta option sighed with exhasturbation and asked for something else. So plan B, with toddler in tow. What to do? I look, to my freezer! (I have been watching too much Super Why. Any of you toddler parents must know what I’m talking about as in my head while I’m writing the last sentence I was thinking, “I Look…to a book!) *sigh*
My freezer is relatively well stocked for some reason this month, primarily because we haven’t been home all that much, so I defrosted some sweet Italian sausage (I prefer hot, sadly Zara does not), and checked to see what vegetables were holding on for dear life in the fridge and was surprised to find, 3 red peppers, 4 small potatoes, an onion and some garlic…a take on sausage and peppers that our neighbor used to make back in NJ (thanks Cindy!)
Zara, of course, wanted to help. So we gave the potatoes a bath and then she scrubbed them with a toothbrush. We then dried them and I sliced them into medium-sized sticks. I preheated the oven to 350 F and took the defrosted sausages out of their package. I threw the potatoes into a Pyrex square (probably 8×8 dish) with some vegetable oil ( as this is what I had on hand, feel free to use olive or coconut), salt and pepper. I let these cook for 20 minutes while I prepped the peppers, onion and garlic with Z. Fortunately most of the peppers were in pretty good shape, so we trimmed off what wasn’t and then I sliced up everything while Z gave commentary. She’s on an anti-tomato kick right now, and peppers prompted a ranting on her absolute dislike. When 20 minutes was up, we added the sausage on top of the potatoes once we had given them a good stir and put them back in the oven for 30 minutes. Then I added some oil to a pan and threw in the thinly sliced onions. I let Zara put in a little more than a pinch of salt and stir the onions to incorporate the salt while I held her over the pan (to ensure she didn’t burn herself). I then added the peppers and garlic (after about 15 minutes). I stirred and then let sit for the rest of the 15 minutes.
When the timer rang, the sausage, potatoes, onions, pepper and garlic were done. I put everything in the pan to incorporate all the favors and tasted for seasoning. My husband loves steak seasoning from The Atlantic Spice Company so I added a pinch and served with salad. It was a big hit!