Slow-Cooker Sausage, Potato and Spinach Stew at Sundance

I happened upon this recipe and thought this would be perfect for Marlo.  We’ve served it several times in our home and people loved it.  Because of the sausage, I don’t eat it, but that just leaves more for others.  It’s easy because the sausage gives the flavor so it is always delicious with little flavor adjustment. I definitely agree with Samin Nosrat (Salt Fat Acid Heat) who recommends ALWAYS taste and adjust before serving.  Just yesterday I served Marlo a butter tilapia wrapped in naan and did not taste it.  Needed more salt. When will I learn?

I’ve made Slow-Cooker Sausage, Potato and Spinach Stew the last couple years at Sundance and it has gone over well. The recipe is for the slow-cooker, but when we needed to make it faster we used the stovetop and it was no problem. At home I use Bulk Italian Sausage from our local Dan’s Supermarket but at Sundance we used Johnsonville Hot Italian squeezed it out of the casings and everyone liked it. The sausage was browned in a skillet on the stovetop, the onions sautéed a bit to soften, and the potatoes rough chopped and microsteamed (fancy for microwaving) for 5-6 minutes.  Then all but the spinach was combined in a large kettle and brought to a boil and then simmered until the potatoes were nice and soft.  I do not like potatoes even a little bit undone.

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At the very end I added the fresh spinach and allowed it to wilt before serving.  The spinach adds such beautiful color and it is totally amazing how much spinach you can consume unwittingly when it’s cooked.  It wilts down to nothing! And the flavor is so mild that Marlo does not mind it. Here’s the recipe.

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