Feeding a Crowd: Polish Sausage and Potatoes

I have a love hate relationship with potatoes. I love them like a beloved eighth child, but my waistline hates them. I look at a potato and gain a pound. Considering one of my children likes to use potatoes as “balls”, you can see where this is problematic.

Potatoes are one of the easiest, not to mention cheapest, crowd feeders around though. Add to that their badge of “comfort food” honor and some butter, and you have a recipe for delicious disaster. One of my very favorite potato crowd pleasers is potatoes and sausage. Kielbasa, to be specific. I have grown up eating this my whole life and it has become my “rainy day feed lots of people” go-to.

This meal is about as easy as they come, so long as you don’t mind chopping. Preheat your oven to 425*. Gather up whatever kind of ‘taters you fancy; we love red potatoes, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t want to peel them. Fill up a good sized roasting pan half-way and add a few big, chopped onions. We usually use two or three because we really love roasted onions, but you can use more/less depending on your preference. Toss in the cut up kielbasa; I’d tell you how much, but honestly, I eye-ball it. We usually do almost an entire five pound bag of potatoes and about twenty-four ounces of sausage, if that helps. Douse it all in olive oil (we love extra virgin), and generously sprinkle on some salt, pepper and garlic. If you have it on hand, add a head of chopped cabbage or a jar of sauerkraut. I’m the worst German American ever and an embarrassment to my family as I don’t care much for sauerkraut, so I usually use cabbage. It’s cheap and so tasty once it’s roasted with that kielbasa! Put the lid on it and let it roast for about 40 minutes, stirring once in the middle.

This usually takes me about fifteen minutes of prep work, and Voila! Dinner is served.

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