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Apples sweeten stew made with sausage

Fall harvest apples, sweet potatoes and tomatoes team with sausage to make a satisfying stew. The treat of this one-pot meal is that all of the ingredients are placed in a large pot and left to cook on their own. I simmered the ingredients in beer to heighten the flavor.

Most stews require hours of preparation and slow cooking; this one can be made in only 20 minutes, perfect for serving on a busy fall night.

To make the meal more festive, serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin lined with foil.

I used a mild turkey sausage flavored with fennel, but you can use any of the various types of turkey sausage available in the supermarket. Buy the one marked “hot” if you like your stews with a kick. Serve the stew in large soup bowls with warm multigrain bread.

What kind of wine goes with beer• None that I know of. Maybe the best idea is to have beer with this — probably the same beer you use for cooking it. A dark beer would go well with the savory flavors for both cooking and sipping.

Sausage, Beer and Potato Stew

• 3/4 pound low-fat, mild turkey sausage

• 3/4 pound sweet potato, (about 3 cups cubed)

• 1/2 medium-size onion, sliced (1 cup)

• 1 medium-size sweet green bell pepper, sliced (1 cup)

• 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced (1 1/2 cups)

• 2 large tomatoes, sliced (3 cups)

• 12 ounces beer

• 1 teaspoon dried thyme

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

• 2 slices multigrain bread or 2 rolls

Heat the oven to 350 degrees for the bread. Cut the sausages into 2-inch pieces.

Peel the sweet potato and cut into 1-inch pieces. Saute the sausage, potato, onion and green pepper in 3-quart nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the apple, tomatoes, beer and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid, and simmer, gently for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

While the stew simmers, place the bread in oven to warm.

Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 694 calories (21 percent from fat), 16 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 126 milligrams cholesterol, 43 grams protein, 86 grams carbohydrates, 15 grams dietary fiber, 1,236 milligrams sodium.

Helpful Hints:

• Any type of beer can be used. Most of the alcohol burns off in the cooking.

• Any type of apple can be used. Granny Smith are tart apples that hold their shape when cooked.

• When using dried spices, make sure the bottle is no more than 6 months old.

Countdown:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees to warm bread.

• Prepare all of the ingredients.

• Make stew.

INGREDIENTS

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

To buy: 3/4 pound mild turkey sausage, 3/4 pound sweet potato, 12-ounce can or bottle of beer, 1 medium green bell pepper, 1 Granny Smith apple, 1 bottle dried thyme, 1 small loaf multigrain bread and 2 large tomatoes.

Staples: Onion, salt and black peppercorns


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