Works For Me Wednesday – A Cheap But Delicious Meal

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I love meals that are cheap and quick while still being very delicious!  And, let’s face it, not every cheap meal is delicious.

But, the meal I whipped together last night got everyone’s seal of approval (yes, even the pickiest eater!) and there were NO leftovers.

Italian Sausage and Hashbrown Skillet

Cast of Characters

Italian Sausage Skillet - Cast of Characters

There are just a few ingredients that you’ll need for this.
Milk (comes very inexpensively from Angel Food)
Cheese (not pictured)
Italian Sausage

I didn’t measure exact quantities when I made it.  You can judge this based on what tastes your family likes best and how many mouths you will be feeding.  To stretch it out a bit, you could add more potatoes.  I used the amounts shown in the photo – but it ended up being just a little too much meat for me.  I was feeding my husband and myself and three little ones, ages 4, 3, and 1.

Step 1

Beat three eggs with a good pour of milk.  Add in a handful of cheese and mix again.  Set this aside.

Step 2

Peel the potatoes and chop into large pieces just small enough to fit into your food processor.

Italian Sausage Skillet - Cut Potatoes into Chunks

I have always bought the pre-shredded hashbrowns from the store because using the hand grater with potatoes just took too long and was too hard.  I didn’t have any on hand today and had a real craving for this dish.  Then, I had an ah-ha moment!  I could use my handy dandy food processor!!

Oster 12 Speed Blender with Food Processor

I LOVE this blender/food processor!  My husband bought it for me when I started making homemade baby food and it has done more than its fair share of work around my kitchen, including daily smoothies.  I don’t know why I never thought of using the food processor – but I did yesterday!

Potatoes:  Before

Italian Sausage Skillet - Raw Potatoes

Potatoes: After

Italian Sausage Skillet - Raw Hashbrowns

I did process these a bit too much.  They sort of blended with the meat and eggs in the final product.  I’ll experiment with the speed setting next time – this time it was up too high.

Step 3

Cut the casing off of your Italian sausage, like so …

Italian Sausage Skillet - Take Off Casing

Then, put the sausage in the skillet and let it start frying.

Italian Sausage Skillet - Sausage in Skillet … just in case you didn’t know what it would look like! 🙂  That’s another batch of my herbal concoction from last week on the stove next to the sausage!

Step 4

Chop up your onions and toss those in the skillet with the sausage.  Let it cook until the meat shows no traces of pink.  Then add in the raw hashbrowns.  Stir and scrape the bottom of the skillet until the potatoes are brown.

Italian Sausage Skillet - Frying


Step 5

Add in the eggs and cheese mixture from step 1.  Stir until the eggs are cooked through.

Step 6

Turn off the heat and sprinkle some cheese over the top to melt.  Toss together a green salad or pop some corn in the microwave to round out this fabulous dish!

You’ll have this meal ready to go before the kids can even get the table set!

Italian Sausage Skillet - Kids Setting Table

You do have your kids setting the table, don’t you?  If not, here’s how to get started!

Italian Sausage Skillet - Finished


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4 thoughts on “Works For Me Wednesday – A Cheap But Delicious Meal

  1. This sounds really tasty! I hate grating potatoes by hand too. I felt really lucky when we found a food processor with all it’s various blades (including a grating blade!) for 10 euro at the thrift store. I snatched that baby up QUITE fast.

    Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Yeah, someone like me that does not measure ingredients exactly. I fustrate my friends so bad because of this. But you know, unless you are baking bread, the best chefs do not measure anything. If you ask my Great-Grandma how to make bisquits (her son-in-law will drool when he talks about them), it would go like this,
    Ok, take a hand full of four,
    How much flour?
    Oh, a handful dear, then a lump of shortin,
    Is that a cup full?
    No dear, dont dirty a cup, just get a lump out of the can

    This recipe sounds good.. I am going to have to try this.

  3. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment! Comments to a blogger are like candy to a baby!!

    Mrs. Dani – that is such a sweet story! How wonderful to have such a great line of cooks to follow! 🙂

    Mub – yes, my food processor has been a huge blessing! And getting one at a garage sale is even better!

    Jenny – usually we just do oatmeal for breakfast with various toppings. I made this one for dinner – now that you mention it, I guess I didn’t really point that out in the article!!! 🙂 So glad you noticed!

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