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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 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!
Calico Skillet Potatoes
A hearty and delicious Southern Favorite, inspired by the Calico Skillet Potatoes at Silver Dollar City, a popular amusement park.
- 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
Add the oil to a large, deep skillet and heat on medium high until hot but not smoking.
Slice the sausage on the diagonal and add to the hot oil.
Cook the sausage until blackened and "crusty", flipping as needed.
Without draining the grease from the sausage, add the dice onion and cook until tender and translucent.
Add the sweet and russet potatoes and toss to coat in the oil.
Season the potatoes (you can always add more seasonings later if needed) and toss to combine.
Place a lid on the skillet and continue cooking, reducing the heat to medium.
Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, removing the lid occasionally to toss the potatoes as needed to prevent burning.
Once cooked, serve hot and enjoy!
Have leftovers? Reheat any leftovers and serve for breakfast with a fried egg on top!