Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 pounds red potatoes or new potatoes (4 medium-sized is best)

  2. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  3. 6 plump garlic cloves, crushed and peeled

  4. 1/2 teaspoon peperoncino flakes, or to taste

  5. 1 cup Tuscan-style peperoncini (small whole peppers) in vinegar, drained, seeded, and thinly sliced (12-ounce jar)

  6. 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt, or to taste

  7. 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausages, preferably thin

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Scrub and dry the potatoes, but don't peel them. Slice them lengthwise into sticks and wedges, about 1/2 inch wide (French-fry size). Pour the olive oil into the skillet and set over medium-high heat. Scatter the garlic and peperoncino flakes in the oil. Stir and toss the garlic for a minute or so, until lightly colored, then, with a slotted spoon or skimmer, scoop all the cloves from the pan and reserve. Strew the sliced pickled peperoncini in the oil and toast them, stirring, for about a minute, just to get them sizzling, then scoop them out—letting all the oil drain back into the pan. Scatter the cut potatoes in the skillet, and toss them in the flavored oil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and cook for 6 minutes or so, over moderate heat. Toss and turn them frequently, until lightly crisped on all sides. Push the potatoes to the side of the skillet, and lay all the sausages in the pan. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes, rotating and shifting the sausages until they're sizzling and lightly browned on all sides; turn the potatoes as needed so they don't burn. Cover the pan, lower the heat, and keep the potatoes and sausages sizzling and caramelizing slowly for about 20 minutes, turning and moving them in the skillet now and then. Remove the cover, and scatter the reserved garlic and peperoncini all over. Taste a potato, and season with more salt if you like. Cook uncovered for another 10 minutes or so, over low to moderate heat, until all the potatoes and sausages are caramelized and crisp on the outside,and tender and fully cooked inside. Serve hot (and spicy).


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