I'm super excited to be posting the next installment in our Keeping Mealtimes Simple series!! I love recipes. I love food. I love feeding people. I love keeping my mealtimes simple. I love helping other women keep their mealtimes simple. And, to that end, comes our next easy recipe courtesy of my mother: Mom's 15-Minute Sausage and Potato Bake.
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This recipe is delicious, economical and super easy. As in 15-minutes-from-pantry-to-oven easy. As in it's-so-easy-I'm-embarrassed-to-be-posting-a-recipe-for-it easy. As in it-only-has-three-ingredients-if-you-don't-count-the-butter-easy. As in......well, you get the point. It will quickly become one of those favorite fall-back-on meals when you've got a potluck or family picnic the next day and you have no. idea. what. to. bring. On second thought: You should never not know what you are bringing to a potluck if you are using our free Meal Planning Pages!
Here are a few reasons why this recipe scores high on our Keeping Mealtimes Simple Checklist:
1. IT'S ECONOMICAL
There are three ingredients to this recipe: Sausage, potatoes and green beans. All three of these can be purchased at Aldi (or any other discount grocery store). Although my mom's recipe calls for kielbasa, any kind of smoked sausage or Cheddarwurst-type of sausage will work, so you can just use whatever your grocery store has on sale that week. Right now, Sam's Club has a 4-pack of Hillshire Farm Polish Kielbasa for $6.68! That equals $1.67 each, which makes this recipe come in around $6.50 for a 9 x 13. When I figure that a very full 9 x 13 dish will satisfy my crew of 7......that equals one very economical meal. (Full disclosure: I always serve a side dish such as freezer corn or salad as well as my Homemade French Bread when serving up a 9 x 13. If I don't have homemade bread stocked in my freezer or if we are having company, I would have to make an 11 x 15. What can I say? Three of my five kiddos are teenage boys. Oy.)
Sausage, potatoes and green beans. That's it.
2. IT'S EASY AND CONVENIENT
My favorite way to serve this recipe is by baking in the oven. Baking brings out the juices in the sausage and you end up with delicious-flavored potatoes and green beans that get just a tad bit "burnt" and crispy. Not fire department burnt. Just a few dark, caramelized edges. The good kind of burnt. However, if you're looking to simplify this recipe even further or if you will be running errands during the day, a slow cooker can work as well. A big caution when using the slow cooker for this recipe: You MUST allow enough time for the potatoes to cook. Crunchy, raw potatoes do not equal happy eaters. I would allow a minimum of 4-6 hours on high, maybe longer. If you plan to bring this to a church potluck, I would recommend baking it the day before and using your slow cooker to warm it before the meal. This will ensure no crunchy potatoes.
3. IT'S REAL FOOD INGREDIENTS
The term nutritious is somewhat subjective. Some people might shudder at me calling this meal nutritious because of the processed meat and high fat content. However, when paired with my home-grown freezer corn and homemade whole wheat bread, I would consider this a perfectly acceptable meal for my family. Now, should I be eating large quantities of sausage, fat and butter? Probably not. And when I'm being good, I eat this dish on a small, child-sized plate and pass on the bread. But kids can tolerate much higher amounts of healthy carbs (like potatoes and whole wheat bread) than we adults can and of course butter (in moderation) is healthy for all of us! If you are a nutritional purist, you can find nitrate-free kielbasa at some of the finer grocery stores such as Kroger. I purchase it on occasion, when my grocery budget allows.
So without further ado, here is how you make Mom's 15-Minutes Sausage and Potato Bake.
1-2 packages of kielbasa (or any sausage substitution of your choice)
6-8 medium russet potatoes
2-3 can cut green beans
4-6 Tbls butter
salt, pepper & seasoned salt to taste
Slice kielbasa into bite-sized chunks. Peel and cube potatoes. Layer Kielbasa, potatoes and green beans into a 9 x 13 dish. Melt butter and drizzle over. Season to taste. Cover and bake at 350 for one hour. Remove foil and bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until browned. That's it!
The entire prep process should take you less than fifteen minutes flat. While it is baking and filling your house with a heavenly aroma, you can fold laundry or dust your furniture or sit on your porch swing with a good book. Then, when it is finished and you present it to your family in all it's baked goodness, your husband will marvel that you were able to get anything done whilst slaving away in the kitchen all day. Just tell him you've been reading Keeping Mealtimes Simple. Or, better yet, let him think you are Uh-MAZING!
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