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Comfort Food at its Best – Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans
One of the BEST. DINNERS. EVER.
Do you have a sister? I do. In fact I have many. Some are not directly related to me, one is a cousin and one is technically a half-sister. But the one thing that they all have in common is they are wonderful, smart, strong, loving, caring women. Another thing they share is that I love them dearly.
Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you love someone until something happens that shows you their character and depth. My half-sister, Geri, is 18 years older than me. (can you imaging what a surprise THAT was to my 38 year old mom!?!) so we didn’t know each other very well growing up. She is a scary-smart, no nonsense, roll up her sleeves and get things done kind of gal. We stayed in touch, but she lives in a different state and we could go months without talking. Then several years ago my half-brother passed on. He was not exactly a neat person and I found myself standing in his (extraordinarily cluttered) home wondering just exactly how to deal with the sheer volume of his belongings. Geri, who was getting ready to leave for her flight home, was watching me closely as I surveyed the scene and said simply, “Who’s going to help you with all this?” “No one,” I replied somberly. “Not true,” was all she said as she went to the phone to cancel her flight.
I love my sister.
Turns out we have a lot in common. For example, one of our all time favorite meals is Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans. It is warm, comforting and oh so easy to cook. Sisters – I hope you’ll love it as much as Geri and me!
Fixing this Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans meal couldn’t be easier. This is all you need. In this dish I strongly prefer canned French-style Green Beans for their unique taste.
Just chop the onions.
Chop the potatoes.
Chop the Polish Sausage and fry it until it’s slightly browned.
Add the potatoes, onions, beans and butter (the butter makes it).
And 20 minutes later – you have the most wonderful meal in the world. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and butter and Geri and I will join you for dinner.
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A quick, very easy WONDERFUL meal.
- 1 - 2 packages Polish Kielbasa (Polish Sausage)
- 1 large onion , white or yellow - cubed
- 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes - cubed
- 2 cans French Style Green Beans - don’t drain
- 2 tablespoons butter
Chop potatoes, peel and shop onions, cut sausage into finger width slices
In a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook sausage until browned on both sides. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat.
Add onion and some of the juice from the beans. Sauté until onion is softened, scrapping up browned bits on bottom and sides of pan.
Add potatoes, green beans including juice, 2 tablespoons butter, and ¾ cup water.
Cover and reduce heat to simmer.
Cook 15 - 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until potatoes are fork tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
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