Cheese potato smoked sausage casserole

In the realm of hearty comfort food, few dishes hold the power to evoke warmth and satisfaction like the Cheese Potato Smoked Sausage Casserole. This indulgent recipe combines the savory goodness of smoked sausage with creamy, cheesy potatoes, creating a symphony of flavors that will make your taste buds dance. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or looking to impress at a potluck, this casserole is a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Kitchen Equipment

To embark on this culinary journey, make sure you have the following kitchen equipment:

  • Large skillet
  • 9×13″ baking dish
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowls
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Ingredients

Prepare for a culinary adventure by gathering the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups peeled and cubed russet potatoes, boiled until tender
  • 1 lb. thinly sliced smoked sausage, boiled until tender
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half and half or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions

Sausage Symphony

In a large skillet over medium-low heat, sauté the thinly sliced smoked sausage in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil until they acquire a delightful golden brown hue.

Assembling the Ensemble

Lightly spray a 9×13″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the cooked potatoes and sausage to the baking dish, stirring just until evenly distributed.

Butter and Flour Ballet

Increase the heat to medium and add the butter to the pan. Once melted, whisk in the flour. Let it cook for about a minute, whisking constantly to eliminate the flour taste. Slowly add half and half, 1/4-1/2 cup at a time, whisking constantly until evenly incorporated. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens.

Cheesy Crescendo

Stir in Velveeta, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally until the cheese is completely melted, and the sauce is velvety smooth.

Baking Brilliance

Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the potatoes and sausage, then sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese evenly over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender, and the casserole boasts a golden, irresistible crust.

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