Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Casserole Recipe




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Introduction

Indulge in the comforting flavors of Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Casserole, a hearty and wholesome dish that’s perfect for family dinners or potlucks. This dish brings together tender potatoes, smoky sausage, and a creamy cheese sauce for a satisfying and flavorful meal.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is perfect for those looking for a delicious and filling meal that is easy to prepare. With simple ingredients and a straightforward cooking process, this casserole is a crowd-pleaser that will surely become a family favorite.

How to Make Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Idaho potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes when cool, approx. 1 lb
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ lb Velveeta cheese, diced
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb skinless smoked sausage (Eckrich is my favorite brand)
  • ⅛ tsp paprika

Directions:

  1. Cut the sausage in half, lengthwise, and then chop into ½ inch half-moon cuts. Cook in a saute pan for about 15 minutes until slightly browned.
  2. Put the cooked and diced potatoes in a 2-quart casserole dish. Add the cooked sausage and gently mix.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix butter, flour, milk, salt, pepper, Velveeta cheese until warm, melted, and smooth.
  4. Pour the white cheese sauce over the potatoes and sausage. Sprinkle sharp cheddar cheese and paprika on top.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 35-45 minutes until golden brown on top.

How to Serve Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Casserole

Serve this hearty casserole hot from the oven, with a side of steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad. It’s a satisfying main dish that pairs well with a variety of sides.

How to Store Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Casserole

Store any leftovers of this casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through before serving.

Tips to Make Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Casserole

  • Ensure the potatoes are cooked until tender but still firm to hold their shape in the casserole.
  • Use high-quality smoked sausage for the best flavor and texture.
  • Customize the dish by adding in your favorite herbs or spices for extra seasoning.

Variation

For a lighter version of this casserole, you can use turkey sausage or chicken sausage instead of smoked sausage. You can also add in some diced vegetables like bell peppers or spinach for added freshness.

FAQs

  1. Can I make this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the casserole up to the baking step, cover and store it in the refrigerator. Bake it when ready to eat.
  2. Can I use different types of cheese in this recipe? Absolutely, feel free to experiment with different cheeses to find your favorite combination.
  3. Can I freeze this casserole? While technically possible, the texture of the potatoes and cheese sauce may change upon thawing, so it’s best enjoyed fresh.

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