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Calico Skillet Potatoes

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Silver Dollar City’s Calico Skillet Potatoes

If you’ve ever been to the Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson Missouri, then chances are you’ve had their Calico Skillet Potatoes.

If you haven’t had the Calico Skillet Potatoes, did you even go to Silver Dollar City?

This delicious Potato Hash skillet made at Hatfield’s Tater Patch is about the best thing you’ll find in this amusement park – besides the rides. 😉

Never been to The City? Allow me to educate ya on what exactly that place is.


Silver Dollar City is basically Disney for all of us Southern folk in these here parts.

“These here” meaning the vague area stretching from Oklahoma to Missouri and everything between.

Stepping into Silver Dollar City is like stepping back in time.

An old steam engine makes its way through the City, the food is down-home Southern goodness, and the employees dress in eighteenth century costumes.

There’s shops filled with the work of local artisans and of course, plenty of amusement rides and shows.

There’s even an old cave under the City open for tours!

My family and I have been visiting SDC since I was knee high to a grasshopper and now I continue that tradition with my husband and our son.

Needless to say, if you’ve never been, you should pack up and go – especially if you have kiddos.

I highly recommend Silver Dollar City and these Calico Skillet Potatoes for your next summer trip – you won’t regret it!

 

A white bowl filled with Calico Skillet Potatoes and blackened beef sausage is coming out of the left hand side of the frame. The bowl sits on a black and white towel and everything is on a wooden backdrop.

 

About Calico Potatoes

Every time we visit The City, I always make sure I grab a bowl of their delicious Calico Skillet Potatoes, however, last time they were closed.

It had been awhile since I had any Calico Potatoes and I had a powerful craving.

With my hunger for Calico Skillet Potatoes leading the way, I decided to re-create my own to enjoy at home.

I gotta tell ya, I hit the nail on the head with this simple yet hearty and flavorful meal.

Throw this in the skillet for a fast, easy, weeknight dinner and you’ll have a winner the entire family will love!

Want a little tip? This Potato Hash recipe tastes amazing the next morning heated up for breakfast!

Fry an egg and serve it over the top of this Potato Hash and you’ve got a completely amazing, filling meal.

 

Calico Skillet Potatoes sit in a white bowl with silver forks placed to the left of the bowl. A black and white towel is visible under the bowl and everything sits on a wooden backdrop.

 

How to cook the perfect beef sausage

One key ingredient to this Calico Skillet Potato recipe is the beef sausage.

I used two skinless beef sausage links (not Polska Kielbasa) and sliced them on the diagonal into about 1/4 inch thick slices.

While this beef sausage is tasty, it doesn’t have the cleanest ingredients you could find.

If you want to make this recipe Paleo or Whole30 compliant, use a cleaner sausage such as this Applegate Chicken Apple Sausage. 

The real key to any great sausage is to blacken the sausage before adding any other ingredients.

I added 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to a large, deep skillet and allowed it to heat on medium heat.

Once the oil is hot, add in the sliced sausage and cook, flipping as needed, until the sausage is blackened with a “crust”.

This crust will give your sausage such an amazing flavor!

 

A large, black skillet sits on a stove top with sliced beef sausage sizzling inside.

 

Blackened sausage and onions make this Potato Hash perfect

Without draining the grease that cooks out of the sausage, add in 1 large diced onion or two small diced onions.

Stir the diced onion into the grease and cook until the onion becomes translucent and tender, stirring as needed to prevent burning.

 

A large black skillet with cooked and blackened beef sausage in it and uncooked diced white onion that has just been added in.

 

The foundation for Silver Dollar City Potato Hash

You know any dish that starts with blackened sausage and onions is going to be good!

Just look at that fantastic combination! But wait – that’s not all!

The blackened beef sausage and onion is just the foundation for these wonderful Calico Skillet Potatoes.

 

A large, black skillet with cooked beef sausage and cooked onions inside.

 

How to make Calico Potatoes

Peel and slice 4 small sweet potatoes into medallion sized rounds, about 1/4 inches thick.

Add the sliced sweet potatoes to the beef sausage and onions in the skillet.

I hope you chose your biggest, deepest skillet for this Potato Hash because you’re going to need it!

 

a large black skillet with cooked onion and beef sausage barely visible inside underneath sliced sweet potato medallions.

 

Calico Potatoes

Once the sweet potatoes have been added in, peel and slice 3 medium sized russet potatoes into 1/4 inch thick medallion sized rounds.

Add the sliced russet potatoes to the Calico Skillet Hash and use a spatula to toss in.

 

a large black skillet with cooked onion and beef sausage barely visible inside underneath sliced sweet potato and russet potato medallions.

 

The best seasoning for Fried Potatoes

Are you ready to kick these amazing Calico Skillet Potatoes up a notch?

Season your potatoes with 1 teaspoon of onion powder, garlic powder, and Old Bay Spice seasoning.

Toss in 1/2 teaspoon of Slap Ya Mama seasoning, along with 1/4 teaspoon of ground salt and ground black pepper.

You can always add more seasonings later if you feel the need to.

 

a large black skillet with cooked onion and beef sausage barely visible inside underneath sliced sweet potato and russet potato medallions. A thick layer of seasonings rests on top of the potatoes and hasn't been stirred in.

 

Sweet Potato Hash Skillet Potatoes

Toss the seasonings into your potatoes, and cover your skillet with a lid.

Reduce heat to medium and allow the potatoes to cook and soften. This should take about 20 minutes.

Remove the lid every now and then to toss the potatoes and prevent them from burning and sticking to the bottom of the skillet.

 

A large black skillet filled with cooked and seasoned Calico Skillet Potatoes sits on the stove top.

 

Calico Skillet Potatoes

Once the potatoes are fork tender, your Calico Skillet Potatoes are ready to serve!

Call me weird but I like to drizzle my Calico Potatoes with a little ketchup. It’s so good that way! 😉

I think even a little hot sauce drizzled over the top would be fantastic because let’s be honest, hot sauce goes with everything.

 

A large white bowl filled with Calico Skillet Potatoes is coming out of the right hand side of the frame with three silver forks positioned to the left of the bowl.

Thank you for joining me in my kitchen today and cooking up this childhood favorite with me.

If these Calico Skillet Potatoes don’t make your day, I just don’t know what will!

Happy grazing! 🙂

-Amy

 

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Calico Skillet Potatoes

A hearty and delicious Southern Favorite, inspired by the Calico Skillet Potatoes at Silver Dollar City, a popular amusement park. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Calico Potatoes, Calico Skillet Potatoe Hash, Calico Skillet Potatoes, Potato Hash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 305 kcal
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick medallions
  • 3 medium russet potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick medallions
  • 1 large white or yellow onion diced (or 2 small onions)
  • 2 links skinless beef sausage or Chicken Apple Sausage
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Spice Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Slap Ya Mama seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a large, deep skillet and heat on medium high until hot but not smoking.

  2. Slice the sausage on the diagonal and add to the hot oil. 

  3. Cook the sausage until blackened and "crusty", flipping as needed.

  4. Without draining the grease from the sausage, add the dice onion and cook until tender and translucent. 

  5. Add the sweet and russet potatoes and toss to coat in the oil.

  6. Season the potatoes (you can always add more seasonings later if needed) and toss to combine.

  7. Place a lid on the skillet and continue cooking, reducing the heat to medium.

  8. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, removing the lid occasionally to toss the potatoes as needed to prevent burning. 

  9. Once cooked, serve hot and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Have leftovers? Reheat any leftovers and serve for breakfast with a fried egg on top! 

Shared at Meal Plan Monday

Shared at Weekend Potluck

Also shared at Full Plate Thursday

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    March 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    5 stars
    Your Calico Skillet Potatoes look like a pure comfort dish that we will love ! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us for our special St. Patrick’s Day Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon.
    Miz Helen

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    March 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    My husband would go crazy over this! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

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