Sausages with Onion Gravy

[Sausages and Onion Gravy]

Sausages and Onion Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

One day recently, while musing in my head over what to make for dinner, I decided I had to have mashed potatoes that night. There were potatoes sitting in a drawer, surely turning to mush, and the only possible preparation for them was mashed.

I also had pulled some frozen sausages from the freezer a night or two before. How to combine mashed potatoes and sausages became my mental exercise for the rest of the day. Gravy became the solution.

Sausages with Onion Gravy
Servings: 2-3
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 1 lg. yellow onion, halved through the root end, peeled and cut into 1/4″ half moons
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
  • kosher salt and cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan or skillet until the oil shimmers. Add the sausage links and cook until browned on both sides, 5-6 minutes total. Transfer sausages to a plate.
  2. Return the pan to the heat and add the onions to the pan. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper; stir to coat with oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions start to soften.
  3. Return the sausages to the pan along with any drippings. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, loosely cover and cook for 5 minutes. Check the internal temp. of the sausages; if they have reached 160°F the remove. If not continue cooking until they reach 160°F.
  4. After removing the sausages continue to cook the onions and broth, uncovered until the liquid has reduced by at least half; about 10 more minutes. Add the butter and mix in to flavor the gravy. Taste and adjust salt/pepper as desired.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes and a side veg of your choice.

Notes:
A bit of fresh thyme cooked with the gravy, or some chopped fresh parsley at the end, would have added a bit of fresh green taste to the dish. Still quite good.

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