mrs. claus's casserole

★★★★★ 1
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By Diane C.
from Anytown, TX

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.

★★★★★ 1
serves 4-6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mrs. claus's casserole

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

How To Make mrs. claus's casserole

  • 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.
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