Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Sausage

6 to 8 small potatoes
1 lb package of kielbasa sausage
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup of cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of milk
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
salt & pepper

Preheat oven at 350. 

Wash, peel and  thinly slice your potatoes into the traditional disc shape. Now, you don't necessarily have to peel them, the skin is actually really good for you. The skin of the potato is high in fiber that helps facilitate digestion and contains vitamins C, B6, calcium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc.  Anywho...

Go ahead and slice your Kielbasa too, thick, thin, whatever. It's your preference. 

Put potatoes in a baking dish and salt and pepper them pretty good. Set aside for a minute.

In a saucepan heat the butter and flour on medium heat whisking CONSTANTLY and making sure not to burn the butter (you are making a "roux", good job!)

Once the flour and butter are combined pretty well (your "roux"), it's time to add the cheese. Stir well until melted and then add the milk and soup. Stir continuously, if sauce thickens to much, no biggy, just add a little more milk till it reaches a pouring consistency. Not to thick but not to thin, but don't stress over it.  The starch from your potatoes will do it's magic and it will be fine. Promise.

Pour the sauce over the potatoes and mix so that all the potatoes are coated pretty good. 

 Add your sausage rounds to the potatoes too, mix em all up.  Sprinkle with a dab more of shredded cheese. 

Bake for 1 hour  until potatoes are tender and the cheese starts to brown along the edges. I always start checking around the 30 minute mark. My oven tends to cook a little hotter, or, a little faster. 

This is just about as comfort food as it gets. I'm just certain you will adore it as much as I do, I sure hope so at least.  It's easy on the pocket book, filling and goes a long way.  This is a wonderful dish to take to pot-lucks or get togethers.  Another thing I love about this dish, it's pretty basic, allowing you to "add your own touch". Go ahead, put your own twist on the dish. Might even be able to sneak a veggie or two in on the kiddo's. (Secret is safe with me).  Whatever it is you come up with, I'm sure tummies will thank you. 

P.S.  You can most certainly use boxed Au Gratin potatoes for this too, I have. I've found some for around a $1.00 at the dollar store. Just add 2 cups of boiling water, 3 Tbsp. of butter, 1/2 cup of milk and boil. Remove from heat, add your can of soup and pour over your dish of dried potatoes (with packaged seasoning) and sausage . Bake at 450 for about 20-25 minutes. It's ok to cut corners on some things, this is one of them. Scrumptious quick fixes are allowed.

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