i agree with elizabeth….fall is probably my favorite time of the year (at least until another season pops up on us, and then i turn fickle). i too tend to turn to my sewing machine more when the weather turns cool…oh, wool!! knitting needles that are never far from my fingers become more of an evening ritual, and the kitchen calls to me…..stew, chili, pumpkin muffins….all those comforting foods that aren’t always “good” for us, but we yearn for them anyway. ever since it started turning cooler there has been a particular dish on my mind almost constantly….and I finally gave into it’s siren call last night. it’s belly filling goodness, and hey….once in a while it’s good to be bad!!
cheesy smoked sausage/potato bake
- 3 cups Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 pound smoked sausage
- 4 Tblsp. butter
- 4 Tblsp. flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 pound velveeta cheese, cubed
boil potato cubes until almost tender. drain. cut the smoked sausage into 1/2″ thick slices (creating small circles…I like to cut them in half making half moons) and brown on all sides. place the potatoes and sausage into a greased 2 qt. baking dish and toss.
in a medium saucepan, make a roux by melting the butter and adding flour. stir for a few minutes to allow the flour to blend completely. slowly add the milk and continue to whisk until the roux thickens. add cheese cubes and stir until melted. add salt and pepper.
pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes and sausage. cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
then get cozy, slice some multi-grain bread (multi-grain makes all that cheese sauce okay!) and enjoy every single creamy bite. tomorrow we can all be good again:)