Hash is one of the most versatile meals I make. You can swap spinach for the cabbage, swap bacon for the sausage, skip the beans, skip the vegetables, add more vegetables, use sweet potatoes, drop an egg on top; there are countless variations and they are all delicious. Sausage is an ingredient you will always find in my refrigerator, just for meals like this one.
Once again, I'm giving you a meal inspired by the contents of my refrigerator. It's way past time to grocery shop, but luckily the meals we've come up with this week have been pretty darn good.
COOK'S NOTE: If you can find them, cannellini beans are perfect in this dish. They are buttery, soft beans that provide great flavor. However, I've made sausage hash using almost every kind of bean and they all work well.
Sausage Hash with Cabbage, Potatoes, and Beans
Yield: 6 servings
1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage
4 medium Yukon potatoes, diced into 1/2" pieces, about 5 cups
8 ounces white or crimini mushrooms, quartered
(1) 14 ounce can cannellini beans, white kidney beans, or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 small head of cabbage, cored and sliced into 1/2" wide strips
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon thyme, adjust to taste
1/4 cup water
Heat a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Cook and crumble the sausage, then remove to a small bowl. Leave the grease in the skillet and add enough olive oil to make about a tablespoon's worth. Add the potatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle generously with spices and stir again. Pour 2 tablespoons of water into the pan and cover with lid. Let cook for 5 minutes. Stir well, scraping the bottom of the pan as needed. Add an additional 2 tablespoons of water, if the pan is dry. Cover again and cook 5 minutes longer, until the potatoes are fork tender.
Uncover the pan and add the cooked sausage and mushrooms. Stir and continue cooking for a few minutes, until the mushrooms begin to soften. Add the cabbage and the beans and toss together. Cook for just a couple more minutes, until the cabbage turns bright green and is barely softened. Sprinkle with additional spices as the cabbage is cooking. Taste and adjust the spices as desired. Enjoy!
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