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Smoked Sausage and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage, Potato and Vegetable Bowl

A hearty one-pot comfort food meal that tastes wonderful any time of the year.
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (13 ounces) smoked sausage (turkey, beef, pork, or a combination of meat types) cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 of a large onion (white or yellow) (about 1-1/2 cups) peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower break apart in large florets
  • 2 large carrots peeled and cut into "coins"
  • 3 cloves (medium to large size) garlic peeled and chopped
  • 6 medium size red potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken, beef or vegetable broth (depending on the type of smoked sausage used*) *i.e. if using turkey smoked sausage use chicken broth, for beef smoked sausage use beef broth, for a combination of smoked sausage meat types use the broth of your choice, or use vegetable broth if preferred.
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or add to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley curly or Italian flat parsley (for garnish)

Equipment

  • 4-Quart Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot)

Instructions

  • Browning the Smoked Sausage - Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the pieces of cut sausage to the pan. As the sausage starts to brown, turn it over and brown each side.
  • Turkey smoked sausage doesn't have as much fat in it as the beef, pork, or beef & pork combination does.  So if the turkey smoked sausage gets dry when browning it, a little bit of olive oil can be added to pan.
  • Once all sides of the sausage pieces are browned (about 6 minutes), add them to the slow cooker pot.
  • To the slow cooker pot add the onions, garlic, carrots, red potatoes, cabbage, broth, rice vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • With a large sturdy spoon mix the ingredients together.
  • Cover the slow cooker pot with a lid and cook on the high setting for 4 hours or on the low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
  • FOR THE CAULIFLOWER - One hour before this is done cooking, add the cauliflower florets to the pot. To the cauliflower florets, add salt and pepper.
  • One hour before the end of the cooking time, remove the lid on the slow cooker and add the cauliflower florets on top of the ingredients in the pot.
  • As quick as possible, put the lid back on the pot and let cook for the remaining hour.
  • After it's done cooking, give the broth a taste test and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve warm in a shallow bowl. Top with chopped parsley, butter and/or grated parmesan cheese.

Notes

TIP:

Turkey smoked sausage doesn't have as much fat in it as the beef, pork, or beef & pork combination does. 
So if the turkey smoked sausage gets dry when browning it, a little bit of olive oil can be added.