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


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!


How to Make Popsicles for Breakfast!

Joe II wakes up asking for popsicles–his favorite thing–so I thought, why not?  Here’s my tutorial for making yummy and nutritious frozen treats to feed your family for breakfast. There’s  no need to add extra sugar–adding vanilla tricks the palate into thinking the treat is very sweet.

You’ll Need:

1 Large Banana

1/2 Cup Half and Half

1 Tsp Vanilla

Blender or blending wand

Mixing bowl

Popsicle mold

Directions: Blend banana, cream, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Serve to delighted toddlers the following morning!

Ingredients for breakfast popsicles

Ingredients for breakfast popsicles

Mixing banana and cream, don't forget the vanilla!

Mixing banana and cream, don’t forget the vanilla!

Blend until smooth

Blend breakfast popsicle mixture until smooth

Pour breakfast popsicle mixture into mold

Pour breakfast popsicle mixture into mold

Freeze overnight

Freeze overnight

Popsicles for Breakfast? Yes, sir, Joe II!

Popsicles for Breakfast? Yes, sir, Joe II!

What Joe II the two year old wants for dinner

Joe II announced he wanted some juice and ran to the kitchen to get some. In the time it took for Joseph to follow him, Joe II had amassed a whole dinner for himself:

  • Whipped cream
  • Green olives
  • Orange juice
  • A bottle of breast milk

For a little man who, two days before, was found under the table eating a chunk of butter like an apple, this is pretty reasonable.