Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Potato and Farmer Sausage Casserole

I remember how Lovella thought she might lose a “whack of readers” when she posted a recipe that called for farmer sausage. It’s funny how this smoked pork sausage seems to find its way into all kinds of recipes, where it’s readily available. If you prefer, you can substitute it with smoked ham. This is really just a version of scalloped potatoes and adding the meat makes it an easy family meal. I got the recipe from a friend, Karen, a number of years ago, but have changed up the sauce amounts a bit. If you use a few more potatoes, just double the first 5 ingredients of the sauce.

Ingredients:
6 small – med. potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 - 3/4 link farmer sausage, peeled and sliced

Sauce:
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup milk
½ - 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Arrange potatoes and farmer sausage in layers in greased 8 cup casserole dish. Melt butter; blend in flour, salt and milk gradually, stirring constantly. Add cheese and soup, stirring until sauce cooks. Pour over potatoes and sausage. Bake at 350F for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours.

30 comments:

  1. Happy New year!
    Best Wishes for 2009!!
    Diane
    I read your blog every day!

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  2. This sounds like the perfect meal for a cold snowy day. I am looking forward to many more postings from all you girls in 2009>

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  3. Anneliese. . .another really tasty looking meal. . .I've made a very similar one for camping in a foil pouch. .. your picture makes my mouth water. . .I'm looking at that bread too. . yum.

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  4. surprised to see your recipe today.. I have the exact one that I got from my friend and have been making it for some time. Tastes great..

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  5. In recently discovering your blog, I have come to appreciate all of the familiar products and dishes that come from the Mennonite background. (My inlaws are Mennonite).
    Farmer Sausage is a staple in our household. I use it in soups and casseroles and BBQ it and give it away to other "foodies" who don't have access to the pariticularly good local Farmer Sausage.
    Keep on inspiring me and tempting me with your recipes.

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  6. Just to let you know, that bread is Lovella's "no knead multigrain bread" and it is so easy and sooo good! You just have to think of mixing it before you go to bed. The next day you bake it after lunch. It's moist and wonderful!
    And you don't have a heavy pot, bake it in a covered casserole dish...that's what I do.

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  7. Oh Anneliese...I knew, when I saw the picture, that this would be a post of yours. Soooo very yummy and tempting this dish is! Thanks for sharing. It is interesting, but those who don't have the same frame of reference as we do might wonder at the term "farmer's sausage"...but if you have NEVER had that EXACT sausage...you just don't know what you are missing! It is soooo good...so difficult to find if you are not in a community where they make it! Great post ...

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  8. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We have about 100 lbs of sausage in the freezer - always looking for new ways to use it and I love scalloped potatoes. Thank-you for all the wonderful recipes - look forward to seeing many more in '09!

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  9. We enjoy a dish that is much like this...there's nothing quite like a potato and farmer sausage casserole! Thanks for posting this, Anneliese.

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  10. Looks so yummy. My family will love that mixture. Now I know how to cook up the left over sausage.
    I love your recipes.

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  11. Happy New Year and this recipe looks great to. I am so glad i found you site. I have always loved recipes from Amish and Mennonite backrounds it truly is real home cooking which is something i adore.

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  12. This meal went over very well with our friends the other night. I used my food processor to slice all the potatoes and grate the cheese...that worked really well. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  13. I love this blog..... I learned to cook from my mother, usually without recipies, I make bread, zwieback, meat buns and more. My duaghters and now my daughter in law keep asking. Are you going to bring a meno dish? they love it. Now thanks to your blog, they are starting to make it themselves and they are getting good at it. This saturday we are all getting together to make zwieback, I am laughing already when I think of their long nails in that dough..hahaha. but your recipies are such a help. thank you
    Marlene

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  14. i love this recipe! It is the first (and only) farmer sausage recipe that my 4-year-old daughter has not only completely finished, but it did not take one single plea with her to eat it!!! And the rest of us love it too! Thanks :)

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  15. my family and i love love love winkler farmer sausage, and i've always wanted to cook it a different way. do i have to cook the sausage first before making the casserole? also, all i have are white potatoes.

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  16. Great recipe. I forgot about this recipe until I read your blog. I love the flavour of Winkler Farmer Sausage cooked with the potatoes.

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  17. I made this today, but I put it in the slow-cooker on low for 10 hours. I also doubled the recipe & tripled the sauce. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it was sooooo yummy!!! I love seeing recipes like this, with familiar foods like farmer's sausage!!

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  18. I made this for supper last night and it was by far the best scalloped potatoes we have ever had! My 4 yr old asked for the leftovers for breakfast this morning :) The farmer sausage gives it a wonderful flavor.

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  19. Dear Anneliese, what is that bread in the background? Thanks!

    -Todd

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  20. Todd, it's lovella's multigrain no knead bread found here ... http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2008/10/multigrain-no-knead-bread.html

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  21. I'm going to make this for dinner tonight!! should I pre-cook the sausage first?? I'm using 1 1/2" thick smoked pork Farmers sausage...

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    1. No need to pre-cook the sausage if it's smoked. Just slice and layer with raw potatoes. It will cook further with the potatoes.

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  22. Thanks!! can't wait to eat this tonight!!

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  23. I'm not sure about freezing potatoes. I think some flavor and texture would be lost.

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  24. Looks great, however the recipe doesn't mention how many servings it makes.

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  25. I'm guessing 4 to 6 from the number of potatoes listed.

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  26. Delicious!! Super easy to make. Everyone loved it. The only thing I changed was the milk, I did half milk, half whipped cream (only because I need to use up the cream).

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  27. Thank you so much for the delicious recipes! I made this one for supper last night only making a few changes, I omitted the cheese and salt and added onions to the layers mmmm, mmmm delicious!

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  28. I made this today! Just without the mushroom sauce and added more milk. It was good!! Thanks for the recipe!

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