Monday, November 18, 2013

Economy Meals: Cheesy Potato and Sausage Casserole

     This time of year most people find that their budgets have to stretch a bit further than they usually do. There's holiday shopping to consider, the cost of gas or plane tickets if you're traveling for the holidays, and of course we also generally spend more money on food this time of year. Big dinners, desserts, holiday gift baskets, etc. can cost a pretty penny. But, though the use of coupons and economy meals I can generally save enough money for all the little extras we like to enjoy for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Occasionally I'll post some quick and easy recipe ideas that are very inexpensive to make. *Note: not all of my recipes are necessarily diet recipes. While I generally try to prepare healthy, balanced meals sometimes one or two ingredients may have a higher fat content (like the smoked sausage in the recipe below). Feel free to substitute ingredients to fit your personal dietary needs and preferences.*

Cheesy Potato and Sausage Casserole
Serves 4-5 as written, easily doubled for larger families

  • 1 large baking potato, diced or cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 to 1/2 onion, diced (I use more onion, but use as much or as little as you like)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or about 2 handfuls)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 package Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage, diced (I used beef, but use whichever kind you prefer)
  • 3 pats butter

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, sautee onions in 1 pat of butter until done or slightly caramelized. 

2. Place cooked onions into a small baking dish. In the same pan, add remaining 2 pats of butter. Once melted, add potatoes. Sautee the potatoes until golden brown and cooked through, stirring often to prevent sticking. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Place cooked potatoes into baking dish with onions. Add in diced smoked sausage, cheese, and sour cream. Mix well. Place in oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly. 

Your finished product will look something like this:

I served this casserole with steamed green beans w/almond slivers. You really don't need any bread or rolls because you already have a starch in your potato. My husband and I really enjoyed this dish (my son a.k.a "Mr. Picky" wouldn't even try it). The only ingredient that I don't always keep on hand and had to buy for this recipe was the smoked sausage, so it was very cheap to make.