Sausage and Potatoes with Lemon

This was pretty tasty.  A recipe where you get to eat whole slices of lemon.  Sure, why not?

Choose your sausage carefully, because I didn't love the one we used.  It was a "mild Italian" from my local store and it was too spicy.  Find a good and flavorful mild Italian sausage that you've tried before and liked.  They brown whole first, then get sliced, so make sure the casing is good quality and will hold up.  Mine didn't, but it didn't ruin the dish.  I'll definitely make this again with a different sausage.

I think it would be great to mess around with the flavors in general.  It could go very summery, with oregano, mint, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and maybe some interesting chicken sausage.  Or it could go Spanish with chorizo sausage, and those red peppers, and maybe some lime or orange instead of lemon.  This recipe is a great base to jump from, I think.

Sausage and Potatoes with Lemon

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds mild Italian sausages
2 pounds fingerling potatoes, or other small potatoes, halved or quartered
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup pitted green olives
1 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
fresh lemon wedges, for serving

In a large Dutch oven or other pot with a cover, brown the sausages in the oil, turning to color evenly.  Remove to a plate.  Cook the potatoes in the fat remaining in the pot, turning to brown on all sides.  Add the onion and the garlic and cook for a few minutes more.  Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pot, getting up all the good brown bits of flavor.  Slice the sausages into 1/2 inch slices, and add back to the pot with the broth, olives, sliced lemon, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce temperature to low.  Simmer for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve with the extra lemon wedges on the side.

This served our family of 8 plus a friend that came for dinner.  There was one serving leftover for Mister to take to work for lunch.  Not all the kids were jazzed about eating the lemon slices, but I sure was :)
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