While the kids were growing up, almost every night was casserole night. They were hearty entrees with meat and vegetables together in one sauce or another. Casseroles are great for potluck suppers, too.
Recipe: Cheesy Potato and Sausage Casserole
4 medium yellow potatoes, sliced
1 lb. turkey kielbasa sausage, sliced
1 c. milk or half-n-half
3 tbs. butter
3 tbs. flour
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c. onion, diced
1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Scrub potatoes and slice into thin scalloped-potato ovals/circles. Boil with salt and pepper for about 10 minutes, until they are tender.
3. While potatoes are cooking, saute onions in small saucepan. Add flour and stir until it has stuck to the buttered onions. Add milk or cream, a little more salt/pepper, and stir until saucey. Add half of the cheese and stir until cheese has melted. Remove from heat. (Turn off the gas or put on a cool burner, if electric.)
4. Drain the potatoes and put into a casserole dish. Add sliced sausage*, pour on sauce, and gently mix together.
5. Top with remaining cheese and put in oven for 30 minutes.
*The sausage is already cooked, but you could brown the slices in a skillet before adding to the casserole if you wanted a different flavor or slight crunch.
Alternative: Put the sausage on the bottom of the casserole pan and top with the saucey potato mixture and the cheese.
Option: For a faster meal, use a box of au gratin potato mix and a package of Lil’ Smokies all beef sausages.
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