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Quick and Easy Smoked Sausage with Harissa

Quick and Easy Smoked Sausage with Harissa

Renée Robinson

This is for Those Days When You Need to Get a Tasty Meal on the Table – Pronto.

Don’t we all need recipes that deliver on all fronts, but only take about a half hour to actually make? And when I say a half hour, I mean it. I know I’m not alone in my annoyance with recipes which state ridiculously short prep times that I could never hope to achieve unless I had a couple of assistants. This is not one of those recipes.

You can use any smoked sausage for this recipe. Just make sure it’s a fully cooked sausage that only needs to be heated up. Choose whatever kind you’d like – pork, beef, chicken, turkey, etc. Any of these will be good. You could also use an uncooked sausage, but it would take a little longer to cook, and since one of the charms of this recipe is how quickly it comes together, I’d stick with smoked sausage. 

The only slicing required is for the sausage, garlic, scallions, and lemon wedges. That’s it. Everything else just goes into the pan as is and the total cooking time is roughly 15 minutes. 

I do need to talk about the kind of harissa I use because it will make a difference and depending on the type you have on hand you may need to add a little water in order to loosen up the sauce. In case you’ve never experienced harissa, it is a Middle Eastern seasoning paste typically made with roasted red chilies, spices, herbs, and olive oil.

Mina makes a loosely textured harissa * that I always try to keep on hand. I can buy it at my grocery store and it’s readily available online. It come in mild and spicy versions, but the spicy version isn’t terribly hot or intense. With this particular harissa ,* there’s no need to add any additional liquid. It coats the sausage and tomatoes beautifully and the only additional flavoring needed , besides salt and pepper, is my much loved dried fenugreek leaves .* They add complexity to the sauce and I highly recommend them, but you could omit them and still have a lovely dish.

Brown the sausage slices, add the sliced garlic and let it cook for a minute, stir in grape tomatoes, harissa, fenugreek leaves and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, just until the tomatoes are heated and begin to burst, taste it for seasoning, sprinkle the top with sliced scallions, and serve with lemon wedges – that squeeze of fresh lemon juice is important for the hit of fresh brightness it contributes. Could hardly be easier, right?

There are several ways to go when serving this. You could just pile it on baguettes for a wonderful sandwich. It really shines when added to a mezze platter meal that includes veggie dips, pita, etc. I also love this served alongside a warm bowl of fresh hummus with some pickled vegetables on the side. It’s also great when eaten with a rice and vegetable salad. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you’ve got the picture. This is an easy, delicious, and versatile recipe to have up your sleeve. How can you go wrong?

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Quick and Easy Smoked Sausage with Harissa

Recipe by Renée Robinson
Servings

4

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One of the quickest, easiest, and tastiest meals you can make. Sliced smoked sausage is cooked with harissa, grape tomatoes and dried fenugreek leaves. Sprinkle on some sliced scallions, give it a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, drizzle on a little olive oil and you are in for a treat!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 397 grams (14 ounces) smoked sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices

  • 3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 159 grams (1 cup) grape tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup Mina spicy harissa *

  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves *

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Directions

  • In a 12 inch skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sausage slices to the skillet, spreading them out evenly, and cook, stirring occasionally until they brown, about 6 - 7 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to keep them from burning. Push the sausage to the edges of the pan and add the sliced garlic to the center of the pan. Cook the garlic for a couple of minutes - until it starts to turn golden. Add the tomatoes, stirring everything together and toss them around in the pan for about 3 - 4 minutes. Stir in the harissa * and fenugreek leaves *, lower the heat and let simmer for a minute or 2, until the tomatoes are just starting to burst. Remove from the heat, taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as necessary. Scatter the sliced scallions on top, drizzle with a little additional olive oil, serve with lemon wedges and Enjoy!

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