Do you ever have one of those days where nothing goes like you thought it would, you forgot to pull anything out of the freezer and you need a dinner idea in a hurry? Me either, but I know some people; and they tell me it’s rough. Actually, it happens more often than I care to admit. Why is it that those days are so wearying and stressful and they make you crave something warm and filling and “comfort-food-like”? I know, technically that’s not a word, but tonight we’re just going to be flexible. Those nights when I have peered into the pantry or freezer in hopes that something pre-made would jump up and reveal itself to find ingredients for a quick, ”throw-together” meal, I have often been fortunate enough to create something that turns out to be a delicious surprise. This was one of those happy occasions!
In the back of the freezer I found a bag of O’Brien-style Hash Browns with Peppers and Onions and one ring of beef sausage. This could be the beginning of a beautiful thing, but I would have to find some ingredients to complement and accessorize them. Here’s what I ended up putting together.
Potato Sausage Casserole
- 1 lb ring of beef sausage
- (1) 28 oz bag of Ore-Ida Potatoes O’Brien
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- (1) 8 oz block of cream cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 – 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 Tbls. butter
Melt the butter in the bottom of a large skillet and add the frozen potatoes.
Slice the sausage into bite-size pieces and add to potatoes, stirring and cooking until they begin to soften and brown a bit. Continue cooking until potatoes are tender (just a few minutes).
Stir in the cream cheese, sour cream and cream of chicken soup.
Add the frozen broccoli florets and cheddar cheese. Stir and cook until heated through.
I served this quick casserole with some honeydew melon and cantaloupe that I had cubed up. With a glass of iced tea, it was a delicious and perfectly satisfying meal. I hope your family can enjoy it, too.
What’s your favorite “happy accident” or “throw-it-together-at-the-last minute” meal. Share your recipe and help us all to add to our list of make-it-quick meals.