Mrs. Claus's Casserole

Diane C.

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@thymeandmarjoram

I found this recipe in a magazine some 20 yrs ago. It is a delicious, hearty meal for a cold winter's night.
I reduce the fat content by using a non-stick pan and pouring off half of the bacon fat. It is easy to stretch the recipe by adding more potatoes and carrots. I use a 4 qt. "everything" pan with a non-stick finish.
From Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage and Polish Kielbasa.
I add 1 clove of minced garlic, for a little extra kick.
I leave out the celery, that's my preference. My family likes it with a dollop of Dijon mustard on the side.
I also cook the broccoli on the side.


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Serves:

4-6

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

6 slice
bacon
4 medium
potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 bunch
broccoli, trimmed and sliced
4
carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 c
celery, chopped
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 lb
hillshire farm smoked sausage or polish kielbasa, sliced
pinch
salt and pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large heavy skillet, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon. Blot the bacon with a paper towel and set aside. (This is where I drain off half the bacon fat.)
2
Add the potatoes, celery, onion and carrots to the bacon fat in the pan. Stir to coat with the bacon fat. Fry over medium heat. Add 1 clove of garlic, minced.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally.
The original recipe says to fry uncovered. I use a lid, because it cooks faster and comes out softer.
3
When the vegetables are tender, place the broccoli and sausage on top. Cover and heat for 12-15 minutes until thoroughly heated. The broccoli will steam with the sausage. Crumble the cooked bacon on top before serving.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American