SMOKED SAUSAGE AND SAUERKRAUT CASSEROLE

22 Nov

If you like sauerkraut with your hot dogs, try this potato-topped casserole recipe. Prepared mashed potatoes save on the prep time.:

Okay, So its 28′ here on this crisp afternoon and a nice hot polish sausage casserole is just the ticket to flavor town.

There is a little bit of fussing  but this turned out really good.

 

2 lb potatoes ( about 4 large )

2/3 cup warm milk

2 tbsp. butter

Nutmeg

1  – 27 oz    can of Franks sauerkraut – drained

1  – 14 oz. can of Franks Bavarian Sauerkraut            

1  – 14-16 oz.  smoked polish sausage           Smoked Polish Sausage Ring

Try to get real Polish , it makes a difference , I’m telling you.   Also if its FULLY COOKED  your good to go.

1 large red pepper –  chopped

1 large onion – chopped

5 Tbsp. sour cream – Real ,  not LITE !

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp chile powder

1 tsp. thyme

1 1/2 cup shred Swiss cheese – Buy it whole and shred it yourself

1 cup beef broth            Superior Touch Better Than Bouillon Beef Base 8oz(227g)

I have been using this brand and really like it.

Better than the cubes when you don’t have homemade.

 

Cook sausage if not fully cooked , in a frying pan with 1/2″ of water. Simmer for 15-20 min until done.

Start a large pot of water to boil , add a good pinch of salt

Turn oven on  to  400′.

Scrub potatoes and and dice.     Add to boiling water.   ( Yeah I know , that’s not how Gramma did it .  She cooked them whole . This way is faster and easier to mash. )

Cut Sausage into 1/2″ pieces.

Heat Tbsp. utter in a large frying or Dutch oven.

Sauté onions and pepper until translucent. add sausage, spices and cook for 2 min,

Add Drained sauerkraut. and mix well

Pour in beef broth slat and pepper.

Put lid on and let sauerkraut simmer for 15 min.

Drain potatoes. Put potatoes back in pot and heat for 1 more minute. This evaporates any remaining water .   Makes the mashed potatoes a lot fluffier ( slick trick )

Add butter a dash ( or grind ) of Nutmeg milk and a little pepper

Mash well until fluffy

Transfer sauerkraut mixture to a 9 x 13 baking dish, cooking liquid and all.

Spread a thin layer of sour cream over the top and sprinkle 2/3 grated cheese over that.

Spread mash potatoes over the top of grated cheese.

Spread rest of cheese over potatoes and sprinkle with alittle  thyme.

Bake at 400′ for 25 min until bubbly and top is golden brown

 

Eat and Enjoy !

 

 

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