Simple and Easy for the New Year

The Southdown Collective
December 26, 2020
Beating the Odds
December 26, 2020

The new year brings with it a new list of things to do. While we are all looking forward to 2021, I just have a feeling it will still be just as hectic as 2020 was. My goal for 2021 is to continue to simplify as much as possible. 

Dinners at your home don’t need to be fancy, drawn-out affairs. After a long day at work, I just want something quick and easy to turn to for dinner that everyone will eat! What’s more people-pleasing than a “meat and potatoes” dish? A simple, one-pan dish that throws together with what you have on hand makes for the perfect dinner in my book!

Potato and Sausage Bake


• 5 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

• 1 large sweet orange pepper, sliced

• 1 large sweet red pepper, sliced

• 1 shallot, chopped

• 4 garlic cloves, minced

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 2 teaspoons paprika

• 3/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

• 1/2 teaspoon pepper

• 1 package (19 ounces) Italian sausage links

• Minced fresh thyme, optional



1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Place the potatoes, sweet peppers, shallot and garlic in a greased baking pan. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with seasonings; toss to coat. Spread evenly over the pan, leaving room for the sausage. Add sausage to the pan.

2. Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in sausage reads 160° and vegetables are tender, 30-35 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving.


Tips from the Kitchen

• Arrange the sausages directly onto the pan instead of on top of the potatoes, so the potatoes cook evenly.

• Use any potato you have on hand: fingerling potatoes or even sweet potatoes can help change up the flavors of this dish. 

• Have a favorite kind of sausage? Use that! We enjoy blends of chicken and apple sausage or even venison sausage. 

• Onions and a green bell pepper will work just fine too! 


Who Dat Vodka

This New Orleans-distilled vodka is made from corn and is distilled 5 times and carbon and charcoal filtered. The result is an extremely smooth, 80 proof vodka that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, as a shot, or in a cocktail. 

Who Dat Vodka is created, bottled, corked and labeled by hand at the Seven Three Distilling Co. on Claiborne Avenue. The label itself is a work of art: If you look closely you can find New Orleans musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, 610 Stompers, Big Easy Rollergirls, Saints super fans, and street performers. POV