I am a little ticked at Mr. Puxatony Phil…. Where is spring? Because here in Chicago, it is still 30 degrees, and that is not spring like weather! It’s a good thing I didn’t spend my weekend switching over my wardrobe. But I did spend the weekend cooking up some delicious comfort food because of this frigid weather.

I get a little frazzled when I look in my fridge and find that I have some good main ingredients for a dish, but then nothing to go with it. For example, I had a large pack of smoked sausage, some peas, onions, mushrooms, and garlic laying around that needed to be used. But then how do I turn that into a meal? These ingredients felt more like accents to a meal rather than a meal itself. So I put my thinking cap on and decided, what the heck, I will turn it into a simple supper. I mean there are some veggies and there is a protein, so it counted as a balanced meal in my mind. But how to pull it all together to make it feel like meal…. that was the question!

Well I thought about it for a while and then I thought, you know what? Let’s just start cooking and see what happens. So that is exactly what I did. After sauteing the vegetables in olive oil and butter, I threw in the sausage to let it caramelize and add some extra smokey flavor to the dish. But then I noticed it looked a little too greasy for my liking so, I added in some flour to tighten up the mixture. The result? A little something like a hearty stew. It would have been dynamite with some crusty bread to soak up the smokey,garlicky juices. This was really a simple dinner but it was so comforting at the same time. I will be making this again with different variations. What I really liked about this dish was the sweet peas. They were a fun little burst of unexpected flavor that helped give the dish body at the same time. Sometimes having some random ingredients in your fridge can turn into a delicious and satisfying meal!

Sausage and Peas
Original Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of sausage (I used Aidelle’s Roasted Garlic and Gruyere dinner sausages), sliced into coins
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 8oz pkg of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • ΒΌ cup of flour

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil.
  2. Add in the mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Sautee until tender.
  3. Next, add in the sausage and cook until golden brown and seared.
  4. Then add in the peas. If there is not enough liquid in the pan add in an extra tbsp of butter and olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle in the flour and stir. Let the mixture tighten, about 3 minutes.
  6. Gently mix all the ingredients until combined. Serve in bowl with some crusty bread!

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