Monday, April 4, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Kielbasa with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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Apparently, I am the world's best sharer.  John now has my debilitating cold.  So, most of our weekend was spent putting him on the road to recovery before he has to go back to Maine.  Last weekend while we were at the food store, a magic meat fairy put smoked kielbasa in my cart.  I didn't notice until we got home...hmmm.  Regardless, I know how much John likes it and figured it would be an easy and comforting meal. 

I paired the kielbasa (which was just boiled in a mix of beer and water), with homemade mashed potatoes and sauteed onions and green beans.  It was a really comforting spring-like meal.  I have 2 pounds of green beans because they were on sale for 99 cents, and really, we all know I can't pass up a deal like that. 

We needed something fast even though it was the weekend because we were going to see K and E off to their grad gala.  They looked so good, and since they are graduating in just a few short weeks, they had many exciting updates!  It was well worth the trip to see them; for the last 5 years I have definitely taken for granted how close K is to me.  Now that she's leaving quite soon, I'm really relishing everything we can do together.  Family is so important.
Kielbasa with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
Serves:  4
8 potatoes
1 kielbasa (16 ounces)
1 12-ounce dark beer
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound green beans
1 white onion, sliced
4 tablespoons salted butter

First, scrub the potatoes.  Remove the skins and chop into 1-inch squares.  Place in a large saucepan and cover with water.  Boil on high for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are soft.  Meanwhile, cut kielbasa in pieces so they easily fit into a saucepan.  In a large saucepan, add the beer.  Add kielbasa and then add water until kielbasa is covered.  Boil for 20 minutes, until kielbasa is cooked through.  Finally, add two tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet.  Sautee onions and green beans for about 10 minutes, until onions are translucent and green beans are bright green and crunchy.  Turn heat to low, stirring occasionally to keep warm until serving.  Cut the butter into small pieces.  Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl.  Add butter pieces and mash using a potato masher, until the potatoes are smooth, about 3 minutes.  Plate the mashed potatoes, place kielbasa over the mashed potatoes, and add onions and green beans.  Serve immediately.

Until the next time my oven is on...


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