In just a few short days it's St.Patty's day! Since I am Irish, I feel like it's my duty to cook some delicious Irish food.
Well, at least my version of Irish food.
Now, normally, I would make corned beef and cabbage (and I will, in a few days), but today I wanted to make something I had never tried before. When I saw Banger (sausages) at Trader Joe's I jumped right on it. The husband and Octavian love sausage, LOVE sausage, so the decision was quite easy.
Traditionally from the British Isles, Bangers would be cooked with mashed potatoes and gravy and perhaps some fried onions and peas. While Bangers and Mash is not considered quintessentially Irish, it is a very popular Irish pub food, which is the same thing (kidding!).
Instead of the classic Bangers and mash, I wanted to create something a little healthier (don't forget, I'm making corned beef later in the week). I decided to make a banger and veggie skillet, instead. All you need is one skillet, sausages, a bunch of veggies and a couple apples if you've got 'em.
Healthy (mostly) and super easy clean up which is always a good thing!
You can always make a side of mashed potatoes to serve on the side if you want them or, if you're more of a bread and butter person like me, you can always serve some of that, too.
Food aside, anyone else struggling with the time change? Because I feel like I have been sent to the other side of the planet. I feel like I've lost my brain. An example you say? Ah well, since you asked...
I started bedtime at 7pm last night when I knew in my head and had planned that I would wait until 8pm. Yet, for whatever reason, I saw 7pm on the clock and I literally sprang into bedtime action.
You guuysssss, Octavian didn't fall asleep until 9:15pm. I wasn't wearing a watch and didn't have my phone so I have no idea what time it hit me that I may have put him down an hour early, but even then I had no idea what time it was. Did I start bed at 7 or 8pm?
It was taking my child so long to fall asleep (for obvious reasons I later learned) that, as I sat there having my eyeballs poked at "haha, Mama, I poke you!", I wondered if he somehow got his hands on caffeine.
He did not, I just lost my mind.
Let's hope it's back today. The husband's out of town for the night and I can't show the puppy or toddler any weakness.
Irish Banger and Vegetable Skillet
Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 30-40 minutes / Total Time: 40-50 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Irish Banger Sausage
2-3 tablespoons dry white wine (or your favorite beer if you just so happen to have one cracked open. I didn't)
2 medium onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
10 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 apples (Fuji works great), cored and chopped
1 small head of green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- In a large skillet with a tight fitting lid, heat the olive oil over medium high heat until it shimmers and is hot. Carefully add the sausage and reduce heat to medium. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned and fully cooked. Transfer the sausage to a plate.
- Add wine (or beer) to skillet and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan (the liquid with boil off. that's ok). Add a small splash of oil to the pan along with the onions, garlic and carrots. Mix well. Sauteé for approximately 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cauliflower florets, salt, pepper and dried thyme. Mix well and cover with lid. Continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until carrots and cauliflower just start to soften.
- Add the apples to the skillet and mix well. Cover again and cook for an additional 2 minutes before adding the cabbage and fresh thyme. Mix and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Taste for salt and season as you see necessary. Continue to cook until vegetables reach desired tenderness.
- Serve with mashed potatoes or buttered bread.