Monday, October 24, 2011

Poor Man's Dinner - A Modern Take on a Depression Era Dish

During the Depression of the 1930's one of the creative uses for cheap cuts of meats and scraps was to case them and make sausages. Like today, sausages then were stuffed with more than just pork or beef; often bread and herbs and a blend of different kinds of cheap meat including venison made it's way into casings.

As potatoes and carrots and sausages were and still are the easiest to buy when your pocket is lean, this is sure to be the easiest meal you can make in a short amount of time. I like to toss in sweet green peppers for flavor. I suggest you try this recipe just as it is first, and then play with flavors and vegetables the next time.

This one is Spar's Oktoberfest Polish sausage, 2 large potatoes, 1 large sweet green pepper, 3 large carrots, salt, pepper and butter or olive oil. Layer in a large skillet 4 tbls of butter or oil, then potatoes, then sausage, then carrots, then peppers, then salt and ground pepper.  Fry on medium until the potatoes are brown and the sausages are well cooked. Flip over, trying not to mash the potatoes. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes and then serve. This is especially nice with a dark brown beer or a Guinness.

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