LE ZEPPELINS AND SMASHED SPUD ROSTI

I wonder if every household has a weekly bangers and mash meal the world over? It has to be one of the ultimate comfort-food meals. In our house it has come to be a Thursday night ritual, but I’ve become a little bored with it and wanted to give my family a bit of a twist on it. With rosti so fashionable at the moment I considered making that, but I don’t really like the texture after frying, so I made a grilled version:

boil baby potatoes and sweet potatoes and cut in half
place in a single layer in an ovenproof dish and ‘smash’ to flatten
season with salt, pepper and paprika

in a pan, melt a large knob of butter and sauté chopped onion
when onion is translucent, add milk and heat (don’t boil)

coat potatoes with this mixture and allow to stand for 30 minutes to allow liquid to absorb

In a skillet, brown sausages (any type can be used; I used porkies, long ago named Zeppelins by my husband for their plump shape when cooked)
Add canned tomatoes, canned red kidney beans, olives and oregano; season to taste.

While the sausages are simmering, place potatoes under a grill to brown.

The meal got a big thumbs-up, was far less fuss than the schlep of mashed potato and I think this is how we’ll have it from now on.

And it went perfectly with Merlot *smile*

See a different take on sausage and beans:

http://theculinarytaste.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/fagioli-alluccelletto-con-salsiccia/

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26 Comments Add yours

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, it was really, really good.

      1. i must think of this way to make a different potato dish, the ones where you slice them always become messy when serving, this may be the answer

      2. theonlycin says:

        You’re right, they do come out messy.

  1. Leon says:

    Njammies! Sounds delicious.

  2. halfp1nt says:

    That sounds like just the thing, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ask your brother to fire up his jet and bring you here 🙂

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    The potato dish does sound good – can’t wait to try it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Let me know how you liked it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Was very good 🙂

  4. souldipper says:

    Cin, I’m going to have to stop reading your blog when it pops up just before my bedtime. Tummy growls!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Teehee souldipper, sorry 🙂

  5. buttercup600 says:

    I read you postings just on dinnertime and every single day my siliva works overtime!!! I am going to try this…you have wonderful ideas. Yummy xx

  6. colonialist says:

    ‘Snorkets, what-ho!’ (I know I remember that from a movie applied to sausages, but can’t remember which.)

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha … Googled it to no success.

  7. nrhatch says:

    I shall make a vegetarian version with Boca sausage and grilled tatties.
    Thanks, Cin.

    BTW: I’ve nominated you, category #23!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Nancy 🙂

  8. Alonso says:

    I am hungry all of a sudden 🙂

  9. JamieDedes says:

    Whoa! Sounds good. Filling, huh?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not too much so Jamie.

  10. slpmartin says:

    Now this bit of cooking and eating will cost me three days in the gym for three hours each day…but sounds like it will be worth the price. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tee hee … everything in moderation ;p

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