- 4-5 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, chopped into medium-sized chunks
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- 2-3 green onions, sliced
- ½ lb. ground Italian pork sausage
- 1 teaspoon of season salt
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup garbanzo beans, rinsed, pat dried
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2-3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced
In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown pork sausage. Break up the crumbles with a wooden spoon. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add butter and potatoes. Sprinkle with season salt and pepper. Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned and cooked through but not burnt. Remove from pan and set aside.
In same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat to medium-high heat. Add onions, jalapeño pepper and bell peppers. Sauté for about 7-8 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender. Add garlic and fresh lemon juice; cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in garbanzo beans and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
Add the cooked potatoes to the warm vegetables. Toss together with the vegetables. Reduce heat to low. Stir in crumbled sausage. Season with salt and pepper. Before serving, sprinkle parsley and green onion slice over potatoes. Serve immediately.
Makes approximately 6-8 servings.
Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs
- Have your child go on a seek-and-find and gather up the vegetables for the recipe (potatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and lemon. Talk about the different colors. Can they identify them?
- Have your child pick the leaves off of the parsley stems. This is a great way to practice their fine motor skills. Have them smell the parsley and ask them to describe the scent and color.
- With adult supervision, work with your child to rinse and drain the garbanzo beans. Allow them to pour the beans into a colander once an adult has opened the can.
- Allow your child to help squeeze the lemon into a small bowl. Have them smell the lemon juice and even taste it. Ask them what does it taste like?
- With adult supervision, work with your child to peel the potatoes. Introduce a vegetable peeler to them, and show them how to peel a potato gripping the underside of the potato while working the peeler away from their body. Watch those fingers!
- Ask your child to measure out the butter and oil.
- Introduce a hand grater or microplane to your child. With adult supervision, allow them to practice grating the garlic cloves.
- With careful supervision, allow your child to help you brown the pork sausage and stir the dish when it is time to combine the potatoes, vegetables and beans. Talk about kitchen safety when working near a hot stove.
- Allow them to help sprinkle salt and pepper to the dish and taste the creation to make sure it is delicious!