I think all of us as kids have those dishes that remind us of home and eating versions of them usually just don’t compare to what we grew up with. My mom’s meatloaf definitely falls into this category, to the point where I refuse to eat anyone else’s except hers… or mine. Which is her recipe anyways.
I remember growing up eating this dish that was essentially boiled potatoes, canned green beans and rope sausage all mixed together. I honestly had no idea it was actually a legitimate dish because my mom is awesome at just coming up with random recipes. I guess I follow in her footsteps. Who knew? This is a traditional southern dish that is easy and cheap. The one thing I always remembered as a kid though was how everything had a tendency to taste like boiled potatoes.
I hate saying I am “redoing” her recipe because it wasn’t terrible, but I did want to update it a bit. Maybe make each ingredient stand on it’s own a bit. I think potatoes, green beans and sausage is really a quintessential meal since it encompasses a protein, veggie and starch. Really a bit rustic in a wholesome – dinner when you were a kid – way.
I updated the dish without boiling a single thing. I roasted the potatoes and green beans because it gives them a crispy and deep flavor that doesn’t happen in a pot of water. I used creole seasoning to really amp up the flavor, but kept it really simple. For the sausage, I diverted to bratwurst, but I think I’m going to blame it on the weather right now.
It has been 80 degrees here for the last few days. It’s February!! Craziness. So what do you do in 80 degree weather? Grill – of course! Hence the bratwurst. But it worked perfectly, especially since I convinced my brother Stephen to do the grilling for me. He’s good like that.
So I cooked this for Sunday dinner at my parents house and went early enough so I could take pictures outside and get the most of that natural sunlight. I plated everything and started shooting… and determined the dish looked so dry. And I was losing light – fast. I was like a crazed person, ran into the kitchen in desperate need of something liquidy to put on the plate. Of course it did have to go with the dish too. I had a stroke of genius, cooked up a quick roux and added a bunch of whole grain mustard to make a really easy sauce. I think it took me maybe four minutes to make. Fast enough to still catch a bit of the sun as it sunk behind the neighboring houses. Success!
- 8-10 bratwurst sausages
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 5 pounds small potatoes, chopped
- 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
- Salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss potatoes and green beans with olive oil and creole seasoning. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until brown and crispy and soft when pricked with a fork.
- Heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Grill the sausages for about 20 minutes or until done.
- In a small saucepan make the sauce. Melt the butter then add the flour whisking constantly for about 2 minutes. Add the stock and whisk until all mixed. Remove from heat, add mustard and salt to taste. Serve with sausages, potatoes and green beans.