I make this dish all the time, and the other night it was especially yummy! I mentioned it on Twitter and was asked for the recipe. You can use any sort of meat you want- typically I go for sausage- either Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage, Antelope (home-made), or Eckrich Brand Beef, Pork, Turkey sausage. As an aside that’s the same sausage I put in Red Beans and Rice. But I digress.
To begin, I get my pan nice and hot and add a couple tablespoons of butter. You could use olive oil too. Then I coarsely dice/slice (depends on my mood) one red bell pepper and a medium yellow onion. You could use a red or white onion too if you were of the mind; a white onion though generally doesn’t hold up as well. Toss them in when the pan is hot because I like them to get a bit blackened. It brings out the natural sugars in them. Stir them around as needed (about 5 minutes or so).
Then I’ll add my sausage. A whole pound of it. If I’m using uncooked sausage, I will pull the veggies from that pan (so they don’t overcook), add in the ground sausage and brown it. If I’m using the already cooked sausage, I will dice it and put it right in the pan as it just needs to warm up. I will turn the heat onto low, add the 16oz of sausage and stir it around for about a minute.
Now it’s time for the good stuff! Add about a tablespoon of smoked paprika, some salt and pepper and about a teaspoon of crushed red pepper. Toss well. Then add about 2-3 tablespoons of Soy Sauce- enough to form a light sauce. Stir in 8oz (1cu) of frozen broccoli and a small can of water chestnuts- drain ’em, don’t drain ’em, it’s up to you. You can also add mushrooms- typically I throw in a can of diced portabellas with about half the liquid (remember, the girl who lives in the middle of nowhere lives for canned goods). Cover, and steam the broccoli until warmed through. I usually add a touch more salt, pepper and smoked paprika, as well as a teaspoon of garlic powder to finish the dish.
Note: I don’t have a wok, so I use a heavy cast iron skillet or a big, stainless saucepan. A girl’s gotta make do!
All in all it takes about 20 minutes. I never serve mine over rice, but that’s probably how it should be served. I just put it in a bowl and eat. It never lasts very long around here, I must say!
Maybe this will inspire your supper tonight. I know I’m wanting to make it again already!
Happy Trails and Happy Eating!
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