My P.S. (Prefers Sausages/hubby) who is responsible for our meals Tuesday through Friday called me at work the other day and asked what we should have for dinner. I suggested leftover lemon pasta salad and the chicken jalapeno and cheddar sausages he’d thawed a few days earlier. “Sausages?” he asked, “then why am I standing in the grocery store?” I shook my head, “I don’t know. Are you sleep-walking?” He was not amused.
He thought that sounded too easy and suggested he slice them up and fry them with something. I suggested sweet bell peppers, which he also had forgotten in another fridge drawer. My P.S. is not one to roam the fridge drawers often. But it got him interested in cooking, suggesting onions as well, maybe a little seasoning, etc.
I agreed and said I had to get back to work. As I said good bye I suggested he take pictures for me, I hadn’t done a P.S. cooking post in a while. I got snorts as a reply. I assumed that was a “No.” Usually I just take pictures of his finished product and play 20 questions to get the recipes.
Later I walked in the door after work to a wild-eyed P.S. holding my food camera. “Hurry up! It’s ready! I took pictures! It’s cooling off!” He does not come naturally to food photography, or even to creative cooking, for the most part. I do give him credit for trying to learn new things (actually using recipes and photographing them) at his age. Not that he’s ancient, he’s just very stuck in his ways at this point in his life.
Dinner that night was accompanied by leftover lemon pasta salad that I will be posting soon. We really only needed a couple sausages sliced up on the side, but his stir fry did turn out well. He said his secret this time was using a Tex-Mex Chipotle seasoning I’d seen in a bottle in the spice cupboard. I’d been wondering what to use it on, and he hit the right idea.
He’d sliced up several sweet bell peppers, 4 chicken sausages and an onion and sautéed them in a large nonstick skillet with a little oil. He added a little salt, cracked pepper, and some of his magic Chipotle Seasoning (see picture). When the veggies were nicely browned he was ready to serve. Unfortunately my office is all the way across town so depending on rush hour traffic my arrival time varies and makes him a bit wild.
We sat down to dinner immediately after I took a few more pictures of his plating. The seasoning was very good, not as hot as I would have expected something labelled “Mexican” and “Chipotle” would have been. My P.S. said he was conservative on his use since I complain about heavily seasoned foods. *guilty look*
He did a great job though, and much more interesting than just frying a couple of sausages on the stove. Usually we limit our sausage and brat eating to times when we can grill outdoors, but that doesn’t seem to be any time soon. We’re still unseasonably cold up North. Anyway, if you can find the seasoning, you pretty much can reproduce my P.S.’s meal.
Tex-Mex Sausage Stir-Fry
4 chicken sausages (Hormel Jalapeno and Cheddar)
1 large onion
2 large sweet bell peppers (he used several small and one large)
1 teaspoon Olde Thompson Tex-Mex Chipotle Seasoning (my P.S. bought it at Target)
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice sausages, peppers and onion and fry over medium high heat in a nonstick skillet with a drizzle of oil until onions are translucent and browning.