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Time for meat and potatoes

Potatoes and Italian sausage is headed for a play-off meal. photo by Virginia O. McCoy.

January 17, 2013
It's play-off time. Time for meat and potatoes. Give your favorite link a potato it will want to call a teammate. I'm pairing potatoes with bacon, garlic and spinach that will sit nicely with Italian sausage, brats or even a hot dog.

Stove Top Potatoes with Italian Sausage

¬Ĺ lb. bacon, chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 lbs. potatoes, peeled, halved and quartered (large chunks)

2 - 16 oz. packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 quart chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste

Italian sausage links, brats or hot dogs for serving

Cook bacon until crisp, adding garlic half way through cooking process. Remove bacon and garlic, set aside and reserve bacon fat.

Place potatoes in a large pot.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat over potatoes. Top with spinach and bacon/garlic mixture.

Add chicken broth to pot and bring mixture to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook covered for at least 45 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Heat up grill and cook sausages (or brats) and serve over potatoes.

If spinach isn't your thing, throw some shredded red cabbage into the pot.

Perfect for brats.

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