Monday, January 7, 2013

And Then It Hits You!

In my head:  "What's for dinner?"
Action taken:  Photograzing...  Foodgawker...  Tastespotting...
In my head:  "What's for dinner?"
Action taken:  Cookbooks, recipe collections, freezer peek-a-boo
In my head:  "What's for dinner?"

And then it hits me!!!

Sausage, Kale & Potato Casserole
5 medium potatoes, sliced thin
3 tbsp butter, unsalted
5 links Isernio Chicken Italian Sausage
1 bunch curly leafed kale, pulled off stems
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish generously and set aside.  Wash the potatoes (do not skin them) and slice thinly.  Arrange the slices in a single layer in the bottom of the baking dish.  Drop a few thin pats of butter across the top of the potatoes and bake for about 30 minutes.  While the potatoes are baking, brown the sausage (make sure you use a big skillet).  Pull the kale off the stems and tear into medium sized pieces.  Wash and dry as much as possible.  Remove the sausage from the pan to a bowl and set it aside.  Saute the kale in the same pan in the sausage drippings until wilted to about half its original size.  Remove the baking dish from the oven and layer the kale, sausage and cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes.  Return the casserole to the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

This recipe will serve about 6 people if you limit them to one serving each!  Trust me, that's a tough thing to do!  I usually make up two pans just in case and that way we get plenty of leftovers.  At six servings, it's only 8 pts per serving - pretty darn good when you consider your entire meal is in front of you!

I specified the Isernio's sausage because it is the absolute best sausage I have found flavor wise.  Adding the healthy chicken bonus on top of that and it's the only Italian sausage I ever buy.  If you use another sausage the flavors may change slightly but I don't think it will affect it too much.

I'm off to buy some Kale!!

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