Speedy Southern Comfort: Sausage & Kraut with Mashed Potatoes

So satisfying! This savory dish is easy to prepare and disappears quickly.  It was a favorite in both mine and my husband’s family growing up, and now it a favorite with our son as well!

Time Until Served: 30 minutes

Servings: Ample for 4

You need:

1 Polish Kielbasa sausage (found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store near the hotdogs)

1 14.5 can of sour kraut

8 medium potatoes

1 can collards (or peas, or asparagus, or something similarly green and easy to prepare)

1 Cup Milk

3 TB Butter

1/2 teaspoon dried chives (Italian seasoning if you’re out of chives)

Salt and pepper

Large pot for boiling potatoes

Skillet

Microwave save bowl for veggies

A pile of diced potatoes, courtesy of my hubby.

To prepare mashed potatoes: 
Fill a large pot with water and add 1 teaspoon salt. Boil.
Peel and dice potatoes while waiting on the water to boil.
Add potatoes to boiling water. Boil for 10-12 minutes or until falling-apart-tender.

Thinner slices are better, especially if you’re stretching one sausage for two adults and four kids like my parents did.

While potatoes are cooking:

Slice polish kielbasa sausage.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in hot skillet.
Add sausage. Turn frequently for 5-7 minutes.
Stir in kraut and simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.

My hubby’s got mad skillet skills.

While sausage is simmering:
Heat collards (or alternative green veggie).

I use an old fashioned potato smasher for a chunky texture. Use a hand mixer if you want smooth and creamy.

Drain potatoes.
Add milk, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 teaspoon chives, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to potatoes and mash until nice and creamy.

You’re done! Arrange it on the plate like it the picture and eat it up, yum!

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