Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sweet Sausages Braised in Onions with Horseradish Smashed Potatoes

From: Rachael Ray

2 lb small red potatoes, cut into quarters
coarse salt
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
8 links (about 2 pounds) sweet Italian sausage
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
3 garlic cloves, chopped
coarse black pepper
1/4 C balsamic vinegar
2 C chicken stock or 1 14oz can chicken broth
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4-1/3 C sour cream
1 rounded Tbsp prepared horseradish
1/4-1/2 C milk
1/4 C fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

For the smashed potatoes, place the potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring the water to a boil. Salt the water and potatoes. Take off the lid and boil the potatoes until tender, 10-12 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, start the sausages. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the EVOO. Add the sausage links and brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Remove the sausages from the skillet and reserve. To the skillet, add the onions, thyme, and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, and honey. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then add the browned sausages back to the pan and braise the sausages until they are cooked through and the sauce has reduced by half, 8-10 minutes.

While the sausages are braising, drain the potatoes and return them in the hot pot to the warm stove top to dry them out. Add the butter, sour cream, horseradish, and milk to the potatoes and smash to the desired consistency. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the horseradish smashed potatoes among 4 serving dishes. Add the chopped parsley to the sausages, then top each serving of potatoes with 2 sausages and some of the braising liquid.

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