Yummy Sausage and Potato Casserole
Estimated Cost:  $10.50

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Total Time:  55 minutes

Serves:  5  (1 1/2 cup servings)

Yum Factor:  TBA

I prepared this just last week for my family and it was enjoyed by all.

1 lb bulk sausage (Italian works nicely)
4 cups boiling water
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 boxes au gratin potatoes (I used 4.7 oz. Betty Crocker au gratin potatoes)
8 sliced green onions (2 tablespoons put aside)

1. Heat oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease 13×9-inch (3 quart) glass casserole dish. In a 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.

2. In large bowl, mix water, milk and butter. Stir in 2 pouches of potatoes and 2 pouches of sauce mix from the au gratin potatoes. Stir in the sausage and all but 2 tablespoons of the sliced green onions until well blended. Pour potato mixture into baking dish.

3. Bake uncovered 35 minutes. Top with reserved 2 tablespoons of green onions. Bake 5 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes before serving (sauce will thicken as casserole stands).

Makes 5 servings (1 1/2 cups each)

Mike’s comments:

For just a few pennies over $10.00 I thought this was an awesome recipe. It’s both tasty and hearty and can easily feed a family of 3 or 4 with leftovers to boot. You can fill out the menu with a budget minded jello and fruit dish or a nice garden salad, that’s really all you would need for a meal enjoyed by all.

If you happen to have some leftover ham in the fridge, you could easily substitute the sausage with ham. In addition, if you have some cheese you need to use up, you could shred some and sprinkle on the top of this dish to increase the Yum Factor.