This is one-dish meal is a running favorite in our family, we have it regularly. We love changing it up and trying different ingredients. The prep time takes longer than the cook time, but if you prep your meals beforehand, it can be a great meal to pull out for a night when you need something quick and easy!
The first thing about this recipe is that there are no absolutes. Don’t like something? Don’t use it! Think of another great addition? Throw it in! It’s so versatile, you can add just about anything in here and it will taste great. I’ll give you the basics – and then have fun with it! (A note on amounts – I don’t really measure when cooking, I just throw it all in the pot. And because this recipe IS so versatile, I’m not going to bother. Just use how much sounds good to you!)
What you need (Basics):
- Kielbasa/polish sausage – any flavor, but if possible, try to find one that is nitrate-free and uncured
- Bacon (more or less to taste, also try and get uncured if you can)
- Broccoli or Brussels sprouts (can also use kale)
- Peppers, any color (we like green and red or yellow)
- Potatoes (any kind, but red potatoes are best)
Additional ingredients (optional, select any that apply):
- Pinto beans
- Rice (if not using potatoes)
Chop potatoes, add to pan with oil (I like using olive oil for this job) and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. The water not only helps prevent burning, but also steams the potatoes so they blend better with the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt to taste. After taters are cooked through (the water will have cooked out by this point, mostly), pour into large bowl and set aside. No need to keep warm, adding the rest of the ingredients later will heat them right up again.
Next, the bacon. Chop and add to the same pan you use for the taters. Add oil if necessary. While that is cooking, slice the kielbasa and onion and add both to the pan. Use what seasons we like, but our favorite is a Chicago steak rub blend and coarse ground black pepper.
Chop the peppers and add to the pan. If you are using celery, add it and any other ingredients you may be using. If using rice or beans, cook separately according to their respective cooking directions. The rice and beans are a good addition, but not necessary to the dish.
Last, add the broccoli or Brussels sprouts. You can steam if you wish, but they are great cooked in with the rest of the ingredients. Cover with a lid and let simmer until veggies are cooked through and softened. Once done, add to the bowl of taters and mix thoroughly. Serve and enjoy!