This is a good example of how I re-work a recipe to make it more cost-effective. At the risk of confusing you, I am going to put the original recipe in parentheses after the changes we have made. Notice that I’m increasing the low-cost ingredients (potatoes) and cutting the high-cost ingredients (sausage) into smaller pieces to give the illusion of “lots” of sausage on my family’s plates. (Otherwise, the kids are inclined to fight over the sausage chunks.) I am also keeping the amount of cheese the same, because there is plenty to go around even with the addition of four more potatoes.
8 potatoes, sliced (4 potatoes)
16oz. smoked sausage, diced (sliced into 2” chunks)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 stick butter, sliced (1 stick butter)
1 c. shredded yellow cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Layer potatoes, sausage and onion in a 13”x9” baking pan sprayed with non-stick vegetable cooking spray. Dot with butter; sprinkle with
Bake for 1 hour and 15 min. (or until potatoes are tender).
Serves about six.