Monday, June 30, 2014

Pearlie Mae's Sausages and Potatoes

Bustin' the Basics: Pearlie Mae's Sausages and Potatoes
The Weekend meets Monday, Pride meets Daily Work, Progress meets “Old style” and the wallet meets the end of the month! Time to fix something cheap to eat. So sausages meet potatoes!

Pearlie Mae's Sausages and Potatoes

Entertainment legend Pearl Bailey wrote some cookbooks back in the early Seventies. These were full of her “tell it like it is” talk and her “no prisoners taken” style in her kitchen. She always cooked with all four burners! However she neglected to include any measurements. While searching for something else, slave stumbled on one of those forgotten books, “Pearl's Kitchen”, and thought that a down home style recipe would be cheap and easy to fix.

½ lbs loose sausage (could not afford to buy the 4 -5 pieces of Polish sausage the recipe calls for)
5 red potatoes
½ cup chopped onions
1 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs all purpose flour

1 lbs of fresh green beans for a side
slave had some frozen sausage courtesy of my BFF Charlie. The freezer yielded some chopped onion, and in the pantry lived a head of garlic! Slave threw in some left over green onions from the refrigerator. Total cost at the store for produce was about three dollars and change. This works and could have provided at least four meals if slave hadn’t pigged out because it tasted so darned good.

Pre heat oven to 400 for roasting the green beans. Do any chopping you need. Clean the produce, peel and cut up the potatoes into big chunks, quartered if small.

Heat a dutch oven on stove top over medium heat, add the loose sausage and break up, (unless you are using the Polish sausages, then just add to water) Dump in the onion and minced garlic and stir it while it starts to brown about 4 to 5 minutes.

With several folds of paper towels dab up excess grease – if the sausage was greasy, don't have to obsess about this, just use good sense, you don't want it swimming in fat!

Now add the cut up potatoes and about 1 to 1 ½ quarts of water. Let this come to a boil then remove the lid and reduce the heat so the boil continues but the fluids will reduce.

Slave used this time to clean and snap the green beans and mix with 1 tbs of oil. Then spread them out on a foil lined pan.

Once the water has boiled down for about 20 to 30 minutes and reduced by about half. Slide the green beans into the oven. Then 2 tbs of flour in a small bowl and mix in about ½ cup of cold water. Stir this into a runny paste. This is your “slurry”. Give the pot a good stir and drizzle this slurry into it. Stir this until well mixed and let it thicken for the 25 minutes the green beans will take in the oven.

Season the mix to taste with salt, pepper, or any hot sauce your Master prefers.
That's it! Additional bread is an option but not necessary.

This simple meal is not only filling but cheap. Some might be ashamed of eating such a low budget meal. Let slave tell you, there is no disgrace in being without spending cash! The real disgrace would be in serving without caring for those you serve.
Slave would like to thank you all! As of Sunday, this blog had received 10,000 pages views! That is quite a milestone that you all made happen and slave thanks you so much.

So very happy to report that my Master Indy was very proud of His Slave!

So slave will redouble its efforts with this blog. More stories with the recipes!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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