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Smashed Potatoes with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Mash up two classics for a new twist on older favorites, in this savory Smashed Potatoes with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions recipe!

Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery sales and affordable ingredients. Up this week we have a new savory mashup meal: Smashed Potatoes with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions.

A tasty twist on an old stand-by

Your basic sausage & peppers skillet is, of course, always an easy and affordable dinner idea — but this week we’re giving it a tasty twist. Here’s what’s what: After several people in the Almost All ALDI Facebook group recommended ALDI’s Never Any! Chicken sausage, I figured I should give it another try (it’s been a while, and the chicken apple variety sounded really good). But… I’d also picked up a bag of these nifty little potatoes earlier in the week, with the intention of making crash hot “smashed” potatoes. Clearly, this tasty new flavor combination was meant to be!

little golden potatoes

By the way, I just love these bags of little potatoes. Buying little potatoes is, of course, more expensive than just picking up a big bag of russets, but they’re just so perfect for making something like smashed potatoes — and so creamy & delicious! Plus, these particular bags of little potatoes are pre-washed, making them a convenience food worth the occasional indulgence. 🙂

Smashed Potatoes with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

veggies and sausage

Ingredients

– for the potatoes

1.5 lbs little golden potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp shredded Parmesan
1 Tbsp minced garlic (about six cloves)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried rosemary

– for the sausage & peppers

2 Tbsp olive oil
One medium red or yellow onion, halved and sliced
12 oz fully cooked chicken sausage (I used the Never Any Chicken Apple sausage from ALDI), sliced into thick coins
One medium orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
One medium red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions

Make up a batch of smashed potatoes by using the Crash Hot Potatoes recipe here. (No Instant Pot? Simply boil potatoes in salted water on the stove top until tender, then proceed with the rest of the recipe. You don’t need to pierce them first if you’re using the stove top method.)

Meanwhile, slice your sausage, peppers, and onion.

saute peppers onions and sausage

Right after you put the potatoes in the oven, you’ll want to start cooking up your sausage, peppers, and onions. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to a 12″ cast iron skillet, and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and saute over medium heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in peppers and sausage and season with Italian seasoning, rosemary, and crushed red pepper. Continue sauteing over medium heat for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until peppers are softened to your liking and sausage is browned.

plate of potatoes with peppers and sausage

Divide the smashed potatoes evenly among four plates, then top each pile of potatoes with the sauteed sausage, peppers, and onions to make little potato volcanoes for everyone.

Note: I also usually add minced garlic to my sausage & peppers, but left it out here because the potatoes are already garlicky. If you’re serving just the sausage, peppers, & onions with something non-garlicky, you’ll want to add in about a tsp of minced garlic to the sauteed onions and cook for another minute before adding the peppers & sausage.

Well, that was satisfying!

smashed potatoes with sausage, peppers, and onions

How perfect is this? Such a great combination of textures and flavors here — and I got the crash hot potatoes I’d been craving, plus the bonus of an entire easy dinner out of the deal when combining those potatoes with the savory sausage, peppers, and onions. I highly recommend using chicken apple sausage, since it pairs so nicely with the rosemary and garlic flavors in the rest of the dish.

This smashed potatoes with sausage, peppers, and onions recipe is also naturally gluten free.

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Smashed Potatoes with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Your basic sausage & peppers skillet is, of course, always an easy and affordable dinner idea — but here we’re giving it a tasty twist by mashing it up with crash hot (“smashed”) potatoes!
Course dinner
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

– for the potatoes

  • 1.5 lbs little golden potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp shredded Parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about six cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

– for the sausage & peppers

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red or yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 12 oz fully cooked chicken sausage (I used the Never Any Chicken Apple sausage from ALDI), sliced into thick coins)
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Instructions

  • Make up a batch of smashed potatoes by using the Crash Hot Potatoes recipe here: https://www.mashupmom.com/instant-pot-crash-hot-potatoes/. (No Instant Pot? Simply boil potatoes in salted water on the stove top until tender, then proceed with the rest of the recipe. You don’t need to pierce them first if you’re using the stove top method.)
  • Meanwhile, slice your sausage, peppers, and onion.
  • Right after you put the potatoes in the oven, you’ll want to start cooking up your sausage, peppers, and onions. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to a 12″ cast iron skillet, and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and saute over medium heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in peppers and sausage and season with Italian seasoning, rosemary, and crushed red pepper. Continue sauteing over medium heat for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until peppers are softened to your liking and sausage is browned.
  • Divide the smashed potatoes evenly among four plates, then top each pile of potatoes with the sauteed sausage, peppers, and onions to make little potato volcanoes for everyone.

Notes

I also usually add minced garlic to my sausage & peppers, but left it out here because the potatoes are already garlicky. If you’re serving just the sausage, peppers, & onions with something non-garlicky, you’ll want to add in about a tsp of minced garlic to the sauteed onions and cook for another minute before adding the peppers & sausage.

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Recipe Rating




Courtney

Thursday 18th of November 2021

In the recipe, it says that 1 Tbsp of garlic is about 6 cloves, but I've found that it's really only 3... But I also believe that you should add garlic with your heart, not a measuring spoo (in other words, more is better 😉)

rachel

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

I fully agree on the amount of garlic :) -- and the number of cloves really depends on the size of the garlic cloves you are using. The little grocery store 3 packs of garlic tend to have smaller cloves.

Krysta

Monday 5th of February 2018

I'm looking forward to making this today for my family! My store didn't have the boomer gold bag so I got a little bit bigger potato. Guess I'll have to wash them myself. ;)

rachel

Monday 5th of February 2018

lol! You might have to cut them or cook longer for them to "smash" properly if they're bigger, but hope it's worth the washing effort in the end. ;)

Jaci

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

What's a good price point for a 6qt instant pot?

rachel

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Over the holidays they were down around $55 (net) at Kohl's a few times after coupon + Kohl's Cash. On Prime Day, they were something like $69. We haven't seen a good sale in a while, though, so you may have to wait for one.

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