When I think about the recipes that I develop, I wouldn’t necessarily describe them as complicated per se; but since I’m definitely someone who loves layers of flavor and often include at least a couple of separate components within most of my dishes, I can understand that a little extra “elbow grease” is usually called for.
So when I decided to present myself with the little challenge of developing a simple-yet-elegant entree using no more than 5-7 main ingredients, taking no longer than 15 minutes to prepare, it was a perfect challenge to pique my creativity.
Now, I’ll admit that these particular parameters were ones that I didn’t typically place upon myself, and I couldn’t help but consider for a brief moment if I’d be able to come up with a delicious dish that was made with fresh, healthy and flavorful ingredients, yet so quick-n-easy to make. But seeing as there’s a huge part of me that has always loved a little challenge, not to mention the idea of sharing a recipe that would be genuinely convenient for folks to prepare, I knew that I’d enjoy every minute of playing around in my kitchen with this one.
In our household, we really love sausage. We enjoy adding it into soups and stews (Oktoberfest Lager Stew), sauteing it with veggies (Veggie-Stuffed Baked Potato), or pairing it with potatoes (Hungarian Red Potatoes); it’s the perfect pick for when I’m looking to prepare a from-scratch, richly-flavored and hearty meal using whatever flair that I decide to add to it.
Tasty, easy-to-make meals are what most of us are really looking for, and when it’s good for us too, that’s a bonus, right? When a meal has all of those qualities plus provides the much needed comfort that we long for when we sit down to eat at our dinner tables, then it makes for the ideal meal to prepare and share with our loved ones.
This Greek-Style Smoked Sausage Skillet is a “comfort food” with only a handful of ingredients, and yet it packs a big flavor punch. And done in only 15 minutes, it becomes the perfect go-to meal that provides all of the richness and coziness that your belly could growl for, with minimal fuss and prep time.
So when those parameters of “simple and quick” come together with the desire for “comforting and delicious”, and even “healthy”, it’s not only a recipe for a perfectly doable challenge, but a perfectly delectable sausage din-din when all is said and done.
Taste whats good and pass it on.
Greek-Style Smoked Sausage Skillet with Olives, Tomatoes and Fresh Dill over Orzo, topped with Feta
by Ingrid Beer
Yield: Serves about 4
• 1 (13 oz) beef smoked sausage, sliced on the bias into medallions
• ½ onion, halved again and sliced
• 4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
• 1 (28 oz) can organic diced tomatoes with juice
• Black pepper
• ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved or whole
• 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
• 4 cups cooked orzo pasta, warm
• ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
–Place a large pan over medium-high heat, and drizzle in about 1-2 tablespoons of the oil; once the oil is hot, add in the sliced sausage and allow it to caramelize and become golden-brown, about 3-4 minutes.
-Next, add the sliced onion to the sausage, and saute for about a minute or two; add in the garlic, stir, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the can of diced tomato with juice, and the olives; add a pinch or two of salt and black pepper.
-Allow the sausage to gently simmer in the sauce for about 8-10 minutes, to marry the flavors; then, turn off the heat, and add in 1 tablespoon of the chopped dill, and stir to combine.
-Add about 1 cup of the warm orzo pasta to a bowl, and spoon some of the sausage mixture over top; sprinkle over a little more of the fresh dill, plus a bit of the crumbled feta cheese, and serve.