Confessions of a One-Dish Diva: Don't judge me. I love casseroles, bakes, slow-cooker and one-dish meals... not only are they warm and comforting, they are easy and can be pre-made or cooked on the weekend so I have leftovers to re-heat and eat during the week. I'm just one of those people who doesn't mind eating leftovers (I know everyone does not feel the same). In fact, I think some dishes actually taste better after they are re-heated! While I truly love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, it is a lot of work to prepare and cook an entire meal for just myself EVERY night. Some nights I come home from work famished... and I just want to be able to put a plate of home-cooked, delicious (and nutritious) food in the microwave and have dinner 2 minutes later. So, there it is everyone... I re-heat, eat leftovers, and use a microwave. I'm not in full-blown Betty Crocker-mode every night. But let's face it... it takes someone like Betty Crocker (or my mom) to keep that up!
Whew, now that I have that off my chest here is my latest one-dish creation... Smoked Sausage, Mashed Potato, and Veggie Casserole. This casserole recipe calls for one of my all-time favorite side dishes, MASHED POTATOES! It's been a few weeks since we had Thanksgiving dinner (seriously? I can't believe it's almost Christmas)... but this would have been a good recipe to use left-over Thanksgiving mashed potatoes in. I am in love with the mixture of smokey turkey sausage, creamy mashed potatoes, veggies, and cheesy-goodness. This casserole is a hearty, warm and comforting dish.... packed with veggies! It's a perfect one-dish meal right out of the oven... and microwave. ;)
Smoked Sausage, Mashed Potato, and Veggie Casserole
- 3 medium potatoes
- 3 tablespoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
- 1/2 cup fat-free Half and Half or milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 (14 oz.) Smoked Turkey Sausage link, cut into slices
- 1 (10 oz.) package fresh cut broccoli and cauliflower
- 1/2 cup sweet corn, frozen
- 1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into 2 inch pieces. Place in a medium pot on the stove, cover with water and add a dash of salt. Turn heat to high, cover pot and bring potatoes to a boil. Boil 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain water from pot. Add butter and half and half, then mash potatoes with fork until all ingredients are blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. (You just made mashed potatoes, lol... so you could use leftover mashed potatoes for this recipe too). Place mashed potatoes in bottom of 9x9 or 9 inch round casserole dish.
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large saucepan, place sliced smoked sausage and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low-medium. Simmer sausage for 8 minutes. Add frozen corn, fresh broccoli and cauliflower and place lid over saucepan. Allow mixture to simmer for another 4 minutes, covered. Drain water from pan. Add cooked sausage and veggies to mashed potatoes in casserole dish. Add 1/4 cup shredded cheese to dish then stir all ingredients together.
When mashed potatoes, sausage, veggies, and cheese are mixed together, top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool a bit before diggin' in!
Makes about 6 servings.
Yum, dinner for me for a few days... oh and this one-dish meal DOES taste even better when it's re-heated. ;) I might even add in some frozen peas and some a little more cheese next time I make it. Ok, I promise no more casseroles for awhile...
Stay tuned for an easy Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe later this week!
Your One-Dish Diva (ssssh... our secret)