Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adding Some Class with Jennifer of MealDiva

Sausage with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Zucchini

Today, I return to my monthly Adding Some Class with... series with Jennifer of MealDiva. If I can be candid for a moment, I can safely say here that I admire her patience. I originally asked Jennifer to be my guest for August however I had to delay it because of my move. By the time I had revisited the topic, it was the middle of September so Jennifer and I agreed to postpone this until October.

In my mind, Jennifer stands out because the dishes she publishes achieve a unique balance of simplicity and elegance. I especially like her Parsley Vinaigrette, Pancake Mix, and her Curry Shrimp Kabobs with Mango Rice.

Please welcome Jennifer to Crazy Foodie Stunts:

I am so excited to be guest blogging on Crazy Foodie Stunts today! Like DB, I accidently stumbled into cooking while staying home caring for my kids. When you’re a one-income family with a child with food allergies, eating out isn’t an option and so, I learned how to cook and also fell in love! I really love Crazy Foodie Stunts because DB blogs about recipes that seem intimidating for some at-home -cooks and in doing so, he gives his reads encouragement! In fact, he’s even inspired me to try a new recipe or two – like Coq au Vin –my kids LOVED this recipe and devoured the luscious chicken thighs with nods of approval. So thanks DB!

Over on MealDiva, I blog about easy, healthy, common- sense family meals so I wanted to share a household favorite with you today! This uncomplicated, euphoric and down-right gratifying sausage dinner is requested weekly in my house and its often eaten in silence (with brief pauses to give me a thumbs up) until everyone’s plates are licked clean. In my blogging world, sometimes it’s the easiest recipes that are the tastiest. So from my families’ table to yours, enjoy!

Sausage with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Zucchini


1 package of cheese and parsley sausage
1 large green zucchini, sliced
1 large yellow zucchini, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 sweet Vidalia onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbs. chicken broth/ stock or just water
3 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 stick butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large, oven-proof dish, layer zucchini, onion, garlic and pepper on the bottom then top with the sausage.
Add chicken stock and bake in a pre-heated over for 40 minutes, flipping the sausage in the middle of the cooking time.
Meanwhile, cook potatoes in water until cooked through then drain and return them to the pot. While still hot, add the remaining ingredients and mash well.
Sausage should be nicely browned before removing from the oven.
To plate:
Layer mashed potatoes then vegetables followed by sausage.

WOW! This is the first time I had heard about her coq au vin success. I'm pleased her family enjoyed it. This sausage dish, however, is a perfect example of the elegant dishes I admire from Jennifer. Before you go, please remember to 'Like' her on facebook, in addition to following her on Instagram, pinterest and .

Jennifer gave me an additional photo which follows:


  1. Thanks for your kind words and for letting me "add some class!" :)

  2. Thanks for this fabulous post about Jennifer and MealDiva, DB! I agree with everything she said - you take recipes that have always intimidated me and make me feel like I could tackle them successfully. Jennifer, amazing job with this meal. I'm drooling over how delectable that sausage looks!


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