We looooove kielbasa around here (it goes great with fried potatoes!). I used to get big packages of it at Costco for pretty cheap but they stopped carrying it. I was just looking around the web to see if it would be easy to make it. Any tips? I already have a meat grinder attachment for my kitchenaid and so I think the only equipment I’d still need is a smoker. If I end up making a lot of it (I will EVENTUALLY but not for a few years) I might need a sausage stuffer… but that’s probably not going to happen soon.
So on Saturday afternoon I canned potatoes! I got a great deal on some nice clean small Yukon Golds the other day and I bought 15 lbs of them for canning. One of our favorite meals is fried potatoes with kielbasa sausage and some sort of veggie, usually broccoli. When I go back to work next week, it’ll be Mr. Hot Stuff’s job to feed the kids and make dinner. Since he isn’t really much of a cook I generally try to have easy stuff on hand for him to throw together. I had the great idea of cutting up potatoes and canning them and then all he’d have to do is drain them, throw in the sausage and veggies and voila – dinner!
For a couple months now, I’ve been having this idea for a food in my head. Italian spring rolls. In my head, they are crispy egg roll wraps, filled with a ricotta cheese mixture, fresh tomatoes and basil, and broccoli. So tonight, I decided to make an attempt.
Super Easy Refried Beans
1 onion, peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, optional
9 cups water