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Old 12-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question ISO: Hearty, thick, spicy sausage slow cooker recipe.

HI all!

I didn't think this would be a tall order, but I cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. I'm headed to Socal next week to visit my husband. You see he works out there - lives in Navy barracks, though Navy retired - and we only get to see each other and spend time together twice a year. I am so excited and will be there a month. I'm bringing his forever favorite Conecuh sausage with me (if you haven't tried it, you simply must) and want to make a good stew out of it.

He loves spicy food and loves thick and hearty stews. In fact, he lives for them. We'll be in hotel rooms but we will have a crock pot to cook with and so I need it to be a slow cooker recipe.

I can find "hearty" recipes but they're more like soup than stew and I can find thick recipes but they don't have sausage and then some stews are Italian/Tuscan style, which he's not interested in. I'm looking for something with vegetables as well as beans.

I'm really surprised that it's so hard to find. I'm not against thickening the stew with mashed kidney beans. I say this because I make a to-die-for White Chicken Chili where I mash up the Cannellini beans and it's just so delicious and creamy.

So any ideas or recipes or something? I sure hope so. I'm a little nervous about winging it because I want it to be special for him.

Thanks to anyone who can help me!

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Old 12-29-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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Why not try a sausage and chicken gumbo?
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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I often start with a recipe as a guide and replace specific ingredients with ones we like better or that I already have on hand. So if you found a recipe you like that doesn't include sausage, just add the sausage to it.

Here's another example: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2012/09...sage-kale.html

Just replace the turkey sausage with yours. You could replace the kale with Swiss chard or another green and add green beans and onions to include more vegetables. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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I would cook the sausage at least halfway before adding to the stew so they don't leach too much grease and thin things down.
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HI all!

I didn't think this would be a tall order, but I cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. I'm headed to Socal next week to visit my husband. You see he works out there - lives in Navy barracks, though Navy retired - and we only get to see each other and spend time together twice a year. I am so excited and will be there a month. I'm bringing his forever favorite Conecuh sausage with me (if you haven't tried it, you simply must) and want to make a good stew out of it.

He loves spicy food and loves thick and hearty stews. In fact, he lives for them. We'll be in hotel rooms but we will have a crock pot to cook with and so I need it to be a slow cooker recipe.

I can find "hearty" recipes but they're more like soup than stew and I can find thick recipes but they don't have sausage and then some stews are Italian/Tuscan style, which he's not interested in. I'm looking for something with vegetables as well as beans.

I'm really surprised that it's so hard to find. I'm not against thickening the stew with mashed kidney beans. I say this because I make a to-die-for White Chicken Chili where I mash up the Cannellini beans and it's just so delicious and creamy.

So any ideas or recipes or something? I sure hope so. I'm a little nervous about winging it because I want it to be special for him.

Thanks to anyone who can help me!


I'd simply go with your tried and true To die for White Chicken Chili.

I know you want it to be special for him but since you only get to see each other twice a year I'll bet that's the "special" that's the most important to him.

Go ahead and wing it with a recipe that looks good to you.

Just don't wing it on the



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Old 12-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #6
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When I hear sausage and stew what comes to mind is a Polish bigos. It is perfect winter food and with a good sausage and ham it doesn't get any better. Of course what kind of winter are we talking about in SO CAL, but never the less I recommend to read the threa in this link: Bigos - old Polish meal.
You can go light on cabbage and add some potato.
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When I hear sausage and stew what comes to mind is a Polish bigos. It is perfect winter food and with a good sausage and ham it doesn't get any better. Of course what kind of winter are we talking about in SO CAL, but never the less I recommend to read the threa in this link: Bigos - old Polish meal.
You can go light on cabbage and add some potato.
Wow, that looks really good, but there is so much to that recipe I would be winging because I don't understand it.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:36 PM   #8
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Here's an idea:

Sausage Potato Bake Recipe - Allrecipes.com

You could perhaps drain most of the liquid from the vegetable beef soup and it would be thicker.

You could also put in some Tabasco sauce, cilantro, ground jalapenos, and a tiny bit of curry to make it more spicy for him.

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Old 12-30-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
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I didn't know what Conecuh sausage is, so I Googled it:

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It must be very good, from seeing this website!

I'm sure you are also bringing his favorite , yes?

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You could consider red onion and garlic in that recipe. If you have to pack stuff and want ground ingredients, take a small mortar and pestle with you. I used Mama's mortar and pestle before Cat gave us a blender and a food processor in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Are you driving or flying? If you're driving, pack all you need. If you're flying, Cat says that's a lot different so you'll want to travel light.

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ISO: Hearty, thick, spicy sausage slow cooker recipe. HI all! I didn't think this would be a tall order, but I cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. I'm headed to Socal next week to visit my husband. You see he works out there - lives in Navy barracks, though Navy retired - and we only get to see each other and spend time together twice a year. I am so excited and will be there a month. :brows: I'm bringing his forever favorite Conecuh sausage with me (if you haven't tried it, you simply must) and want to make a good stew out of it. He loves spicy food and loves thick and hearty stews. In fact, he lives for them. We'll be in hotel rooms but we will have a crock pot to cook with and so I need it to be a slow cooker recipe. I can find "hearty" recipes but they're more like soup than stew and I can find thick recipes but they don't have sausage and then some stews are Italian/Tuscan style, which he's not interested in. I'm looking for something with vegetables as well as beans. I'm really surprised that it's so hard to find. I'm not against thickening the stew with mashed kidney beans. I say this because I make a to-die-for White Chicken Chili where I mash up the Cannellini beans and it's just so delicious and creamy. So any ideas or recipes or something? I sure hope so. I'm a little nervous about winging it because I want it to be special for him. :in_love: Thanks to anyone who can help me! 3 stars 1 reviews
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