Roasted Kielbasa and Potatoes is one of our favorite inherited German family recipes. In the early 1900s, my grandparents and Mark’s great-grandparents all settled in the same tiny rural community of Paxico, Kansas. It was such a strong German/Polish immigrant community that many of the “old folk” never bothered to learn English. Hard work necessitated hearty food, and this one sure fits the bill!
The original recipe called for stovetop cooking, but we like how the oven crisps the potatoes and sausage, intensifying their flavors.
Roasted Kielbasa and Potatoes Recipe
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||Center an oven rack; preheat to 400°F Convection (verify with an oven thermometer). Meanwhile, add all to a half sheet pan.||Internal oven thermostats are often improperly calibrated. Blotting promotes fat and seasoning adhesion and superior browning. Onion wedges are attractive in this dish. Garlic quarters are attractive in the dish and are less likely to burn than slices.|
||Drizzle/distribute oil and seasonings evenly over the sheet pan ingredients. Toss and rub to coat evenly; spread in an even layer. Pour broth in the center of the sheet pan, taking care to avoid washing away the vegetables’ oil/seasonings. Roast until potatoes are fork-tender and brown (~25 minutes).||Coating in oil promotes roasting versus burning. Avocado oil has a neutral flavor and sports a high smoke point (520°F). Broth and pan juices become a glaze.|
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