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Kielbasa Skillet Dinner

“Kielbasa,” the Polish word for “sausage” typically carries a more pronounced garlic flavor and is lightly smoked. When you purchase kielbasa in the grocery store, it has already been smoked and pre-cooked so you are automatically saving cooking time with this ingredient.

While microwaving the potato pieces also saves time, the results are uneven. In fact, they were nowhere near done after four minutes, so I zapped them for another four. If you can spare a bit of extra time, I suggest boiling the potatoes in water until soft for a more uniform tenderness.

After the fact, we thought the softened potatoes should have been browned with the onion to get a crisp on the outside. It’s nearly impossible to do so in the crowded pan with all of the sausage.

Our conclusion? The original recipe (as listed below) was too sweet with two tablespoons of brown sugar. If like us, you prefer a more savory flavor, cut back on the brown sugar to—at most—one tablespoon; and increase the amount of Dijon mustard. Finally, using only half an onion seemed a bit underwhelming so an entire onion was chopped.

Kielbasa Skillet Dinner

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. red potatoes (3-4 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 1b. smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  1. Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on high until potatoes are tender, 3-4 minutes (ours took 8 minutes); drain.
  2. Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion and kielbasa until onion is tender.
  3. Add potatoes; cook and stir until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in spinach until wilted. Stir in bacon.

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Adapted from a recipe for TasteOfHome.com

Turkey Sausage Skillet

Meet weeknight cooking at its best! Combining a few flavorful ingredients like turkey sausage, onions and garlic, with pantry staples such as crushed tomatoes and Italian herbs, then utilizing a simple cooking technique, this recipe builds flavor with every step. And it’s easy-peasy!

Yum and Yum!

Sliced onions and peppers are sautéed in the drippings left behind from cooking the sausage. Aromatic garlic and herbs get added toward the end, so they have time to bloom without getting overcooked. Acidic tomatoes help release any flavor stuck to the bottom of the pan after the other ingredients have been cooked, to the benefit of the entire dish.

So the end result is a single-dish dinner alive with richly spiced sausage, silky cooked vegetables, all bathing in a tomatoey pan sauce over a bed of egg noodles. To keep it low-carb, just nix the noodles.

Turkey Sausage Skillet

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced thin 
  • 2 bell peppers of different colors, halved, seeded, and cut into strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg. egg noodles, cooked according to package directions
After browning the sausage slices on both sides, transfer to a plate and cut into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle on chopped oregano and cover to keep warm.

Directions

  1. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add sausage slices and cook for about 10 minutes, until no longer pink inside (165°).
  2. Leaving as much fat in the pan, transfer to a plate and chop into smaller pieces. Sprinkle on the chopped oregano, and cover to keep warm.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the onions, peppers and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, cook egg noodles according to package directions.
  5. To the skillet, stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  6. Stir in the crushed tomato and cooked sausage. heat to simmering while stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes until completely heated through and piping hot.
  7. Serve over cooked egg noodles and garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

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