Kielbasa and Potatoes Skillet Dinner
When you need to make something that’s comforting and quick, this Kielbasa and potatoes skillet recipe is just the right thing. The smokey sausage meat, ripe tomatoes and tender potatoes create the perfect combination. You can add any spices or heat that you like. This sausage meat food idea is easy to make and done all in one pot or skillet so that cleaning is kept to a minimal. This kielbasa sausage recipe is an excellent choice for those cold nights when you need some comfort food. For this kielbasa sausage meat and potatoes, you will need kielbasa or any other sausage, olive oil, onion, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, white wine and herbs of choice to include thyme, oregano, parsley, salt and black pepper.
When buying sausage meat, there are a few tips to ensure you buy the best product. Check the packaging to ensure the sausage meat is fresh. Make sure that the packaging and the overwrap of the product is nice and tight over the tray of sausage meat. Make sure that the back of the sausage description label is prominently displayed. Check to be sure there are no puncture holes or anything that might compromise the product package. It's a good idea to check for a best by date if there is one on the product. Sometimes there is a sticker with a date on the sausage product, and sometimes there's not. Some retailers will choose to put their own sticker on the package. Before you buy, you want to check the date, and if the date is in the past, it is better not to purchase the product and inform the meat manager what you found. Product color is also important. With so many different flavors of sausage meat and different spices used, the color of the sausage meat may be different from one sausage product compared to another.
Thyme is an extremely fragrant herb that has thin, woody stems and small, pungent leaves. This popular herb has been a staple in southern European and Mediterranean cuisines and food ideas for centuries. Thyme is available in both fresh or dried, and this herb is easily found in most supermarkets year-round. Fresh thyme holds up well with refrigeration and can often be purchased by the bunch or as a group of sprigs in a plastic clamshell container. Fresh thyme can be used whole with the stem or just the leaves with the stem removed. If a food idea calls for a sprig of thyme, the leaves and the stem should be used together, intact. When adding a whole sprig of fresh thyme to soup recipes, stew recipes, or other recipes, the leaves usually fall off when cooking, and the woody stem can be removed before serving. To remove the thyme leaves from a sprig of fresh thyme, simply hold the thyme sprig at the top with one hand, then pinch the sprig with the other, and pull backwards down the stem of thyme. The leaves of the thyme will detach easily. Fresh thyme leaves are so small that they usually require no chopping. Fresh thyme is an herb that should be stored in the refrigerator and wrapped lightly in some plastic or in the original plastic clamshell container. When stored properly, fresh thyme will retain its freshness and flavor for one to two weeks. Dried thyme retains much of the flavor of fresh thyme and works as a suitable substitution for fresh thyme in many cases. When substituting dried thyme for fresh thyme, you want to use roughly one-third of the volume of fresh thyme called for in the food idea.
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