A Breakfast for Lunch or Dinner Meal
Sausage and Potatoes with Egg and Salad
Growing up with two hard-working parents, stretching a buck and creating time-saving meals after working a long day was important. My mom would get home about five-thirty in the evening and want to have dinner on the table for our family by six or seven, at the latest. My mom became proficient at the BLD: breakfast for lunch or dinner. (Rachael Ray may have coined the phrase, and much respect, but my mom was the epitome of it). I grew up loving breakfast for dinner. Sausage and potatoes with egg was one of my favorites and continues to be. Here is a simple, quick recipe for a balanced BLD meal. This meal, by-the-way, feeds four easily! 😅
Sausage and Potatoes
1 pound Red New potatoes, quartered
1 or 2 Sausages (I used Beef Smoked Kielbasa), sliced into discs
salt and pepper
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon your favorite seasoning
Saute the sausage with your favorite seasonings (I used Chipotle powder) in 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Once a crust begins to develop, remove the potatoes and set aside.
Toss the New Potatoes, onion and garlic in two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with your favorite seasonings and add to the same skillet in which you'd sauteed the sausage over medium-high heat. This will add incredible flavor! When a crust begins to form on the potatoes, add the sausage back and toss together and saute over medium heat. That crust equals flavor! Allow the flavors to marry by tossing every couple of minutes.
Marinated Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad
Halve a pint of cherry or grape tomatoes and place them in a bowl. Finely chop or cut into slivers one red onion or shallot. Cube one cucumber.
Make a vinaigrette:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, grated
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (whatever your wish)
2 tablespoons Mirin
pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme, fresh or dried
*For a fresher vinaigrette, add the zest and juice of a lemon or two limes rather than a vinegar
Toss the tomatoes, cucumber and onions in the vinaigrette and set aside in the refrigerator to marinate. Serve over greens or microgreens.
Now, once the potatoes and sausage have developed good crusts, remove the mixture and set aside. In the same skillet over medium-low heat, crack eggs and fry them to your liking. One or two eggs per serving. I like to add parmesan to one side of the eggs to develop a salty crust, but, since you are sauteing in a seasoned skillet with fat renderings from sausage, this may already be sufficiently salty for you. Plate the sausage and potatoes and place the egg atop that. Plate the marinated salad either separately or on the same plate, whatever you like!!
Now, enjoy a hearty, savory, balanced meal with your family! Easily a thirty minute meal, this is a simple, tasty and fun meal.
Now, go cook something for someone you love!
And as always, Thank You for your time and consideration!