Tonight I did Kitchen Challenge, Day 1: Use a spice you’ve never used. My spice choice was marjoram. I’ll admit that I had no idea what it tasted like. I actually had to look it up and found out that it is very similar to oregano. Here’s a great website to learn more about it.
I googled a recipe, looking for one that’s easy. Enter Martha Stuart and her Marjoram-Roasted Potatoes. Like many recipes I “try,” I adjust them to what I think sounds good (and what I have in the house). #usewhatyougot In this case, I wanted a full, easy meal and felt like chicken sausage and green beans would be a good combo with the marjoram potatoes. Therefore, they all got tossed into a one-pan (or two in my case) dinner. Here’s the recipe, which I’m going to name Marjoram-Roasted Sausage, Potato, and Green Bean Bake.
- 3lbs potatoes (I used red potatoes since that’s what I had)- cubed but not pealed
- 2 lbs chicken apple sausage (I think subbing any sausage you want will probably work just fine- although chicken sausage might be easier to get right now given the current run on staple meats- it’s the ONLY product I had delivered from Kroger out of the 20 item order I received on Sunday)
- large bag of frozen green beans (I buy the steamer packs from Sams and heated these for 2 minutes before tossing them with everything)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp marjoram (you can also substitute oregano but chances are that’s something you have used before and wouldn’t help you much with Day 1 challenge)
- 2 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and line two pans with foil (because that’s easier than cleaning them in case your food sticks)
- Cut up the potatoes into cubes (if you haven’t already)
- Cut up the sausage into thin slices (this helps them get more crispy while baking, which my family loves)
- Heat frozen green beans for a few minutes to make them easier to toss with other ingredients. You could use fresh if you have them as well, probably even canned.
- Toss the potatoes, green beans, and sausage with the olive oil, marjoram, salt, and pepper so they’re all coated in greasy goodness. I divided this into two separate pans to allow everything to get a little more crispy.
- I cooked these for about 30 minutes and then tossed them and cooked for another 10 minutes. As I’ve said, I like everything to get a little crispy and browned. If you don’t want it like that, watch it bake it for less time.
Needless to say, dinner was a hit. Every one of my children said, “Momma, this is soooo good.” And, although we’d had a lesson on kindness tonight, I don’t think that’s the only reason they said it because Daddy liked it too.
Kitchen Challenge Day 1 was a success. Here’s to a successful Day 2 tomorrow.