Smarter Than Pancakes

Monday, June 9, 2008

Embarrassingly Easy Summer Dinner

Filed under: Uncategorized — shaye3 @ 12:02 am

Ok, so my local Marsh store had green beans, new potatoes AND smoked sausage on sale this week. That meant I had to make the nameless meal that we have several times every summer.

The beauty of this recipe is that there are no rules. Use as much of the ingredients as you want. If your family LOVES beans, use tons of beans. If you’re all over the potatoes, knock yourself out! Simon has been known to pick out all of the pieces of smoked sausage, so I have to make sure to add plenty for him.

The whole recipe is foolproof, so do whatever you want!

First you take your fresh green beans, give them a good wash, snap off the stem ends and break them into somewhat evenly sized pieces. Throw them into your dutch oven or other lidded pot.

Then you scrub your new potatoes, and if they’re big you should cut them in half or quarter them. Throw them in the pot with your beans.

Then you take your smoked sausage, slice it into coins of whatever size you’d like, and throw them in on top of the beans and potatoes.
Next add enough chicken broth (canned or homemade, what do I care?) to almost cover. Or heck, add it to cover if you want. The broth tastes amazing at the end so you’ll drink it.
Cover it and let it simmer until your potatoes and beans are as tender as you’d like them to be.

That’s it. That’s the whole recipe. It’s good hot. It’s good at room temp. Heck, when it’s really hot outside we’ve been known to eat it cold.

(Btw, I know that smoked sausage is seriously processed food, but sometimes I just don’t care.) 😉



  1. Shaye, this looks awesome! And yeah, I’m sure it’s just as good cold, too!

    Comment by Elle — Monday, June 9, 2008 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  2. That’s the kind of dinner I love. It’s such a good way to get the veggies in and sausage is just wonderful. I give sausage and bacon a pass because they’re just too delicious to eliminate from the diet.

    Comment by Renaedujour — Monday, June 9, 2008 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  3. Isn’t there something about pictures of green beans that is just SO lovely? That GREEN – it must be one of favorite shade of green, whatever it is – gorgeous. Love the healthy, bright look of this dish!

    Comment by Ann — Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Reply

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