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Bacon & Cheddar Sausage Halushki

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halushki cheddar sausage

 

What a nice surprise!!! I received a card on my birthday! And it was from Johnsonville!! 😀 And they gave me two coupons for free sausage!!!! Yea, baby! 😀 Happy Birthday to me! 😀

It truly made my day!! And my hubby was off to the store, a few days later, when we needed enough groceries to make the trip! 🙂 I needed to keep the list simple, and as low-cost as possible, so the dish that came to mind….something that I hadn’t made in such a long time….was “Halushki”!!

I used to love going to the Polish Festivals that they held back in Laporte, Indiana! Where incredibly delicious, authentically made, Polish food was prepared by Polish descendants and immigrants under tents and booths, and the day was FULL of all kinds of fun food, music, and dancing! The INCREDIBLE deliciousness could be smelled from blocks away before you even got there! Visions of loading your plate with homemade buttered noodles, kluski dumplings, gnocchi, golobki (Polish stuffed cabbage), kielbasa; and, especially, the pierogies!! , made you want to step on the gas pedal harder, and hope that you didn’t get caught speeding and got a ticket! 😀

How I’m not even a smidge Polish is beyond me!!

I guess about the ONLY thing that says, “Nope. You’re not Polish, child.”, would be the awful, sad fact, that I just cannot tolerate, not even the smell of…..

….. sauerkraut.

AH!!

Nopers. Can’t do it.

I would be the odd child at the end of the table that everyone whispered about. Ha! 😀

But not everyone can like every, single thing. Right? 😉

Though I can’t do the polish sausage ‘n sauerkraut thing, THIS dish, “Halushki”, maybe amongst them all, is one that I love dearly! Halushki is derived from the word halušky, which basically refers to the thick dumpling noodles themselves, or can also mean the whole dish that they’re added to.

The whole dish that they’re traditionally added to, is made with homemade noodles (that sometimes contain mashed potatoes), bacon, cabbage, onions, and are cooked in butter and bacon fat for extra flavor!

So I decided that it was WAY past time that I made this classic dish again, and asked my hubby to choose Johnsonville’s Bacon Cheddar Sausages. I thought that would be the ultimate flavor combination for this traditional dish!! And – – holy beer barrel polka did those sausages ever work well for this!

 

cheddar sausages

 

You won’t believe how easy this is to make, too! 

 

halushki collage

 

I’m tellin’ ya. This is good stuff, Maynard! 😉

 

halushki in the pot

 

Easy, economical, and delicious BEYOND.

To anyone Polish, I hope that I’ve made this dish proud. I don’t use a recipe, and I’m not Polish, so please be kind! 🙂 I just make it myself, as I usually do, on a whim and a dime.

And it’s always so much appreciated at the dinner table!! It’s hard not to inhale it all, and lick the whole dang plate!!! 😀

 

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Bacon & Cheddar Sausage Halushki!

 

 

Thank you so much to the kind folks at Johnsonville, for the birthday card and sausage!

You made my day! And I hope that I did your sausage proud, too!! 😀

 

halushki cheddar sausage

 

I so wish that you all will give this recipe a try soon! Though it might seem like such a simple dish, trust me, that it’s loaded with wonderful flavors that are so heartwarming, that it will be a dish that you’ll never forget. One that will surely create a keeper of a family-day memory, gathered around the kitchen table, enjoying great food and good conversation! What a family-style meal should be all about! 🙂

 

Take the time to say, “I love you!”, and give everyone a hug! Hugs mean the world! 🙂

 

 

This delicious meal was served with my Best Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes!

halushki with potatoes

 

Yield: 6 servings

Bacon & Cheddar Sausage Halushki

Bacon & Cheddar Sausage Halushki

Ingredients

  • Johnsonville Bacon & Cheddar Sausages, grilled and sliced on the bias (or cook on stovetop according to package directions)
  • 4 strips lean quality thick-cut bacon, snipped into small pieces
  • 1/2 head cabbage, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 12 oz. (1/2 of a 24 oz. bag) Reames Frozen Home-Style Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 Tbl. butter

Instructions

  • Grill (or cook) sausages according to package directions. (I like to grill them over lower heat for a longer amount of time). When done, slice 1/3" thick, or as you like, into a bowl. Cover and set aside.
  • Snip bacon into small pieces with kitchen scissors into a large frying pan and sauté over medium heat until crisp, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic, and sauté with bacon until onion is softened and translucent, about 5 more minutes. Set aside leaving the bacon drippings in the pan. Add sliced cabbage, salt, pepper, and toss. Cover until needed.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but al dente, about 18 minutes if using Reames. Drain well.
  • Scrape bacon and onion mixture (with the drippings) into the pot you used to cook the noodles, add butter, and cook and stir cabbage until coated with drippings. Cover pot and cook cabbage over medium-low heat, about 15 to 18 minutes, or until cabbage is tender. Stirring occasionally.
  • Gently stir in noodles and sliced, grilled sausages.
  • Turn heat down to low and heat through, about 1 more minute, folding gently. Taste and adjust seasonings as you like.
  • Serve with my homemade mashed potatoes if you'd like.
  • Notes

    *If you're like me, and bake (or fry) your bacon when you buy it and save the grease, use 4 strips cooked bacon, snipped into pieces, and 2 Tbl. bacon grease. Cook the onion and garlic in the bacon grease and add the already-cooked bacon when you add the cabbage. 😉


     

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    Vicky

    Monday 22nd of August 2016

    I haven't made this in a very long time. I would stick with smoked sausage minus the cheese. I didn't know that LaPorte had a Polish fest. St. Stan's in MC has one each summer. Kraut? Yummers! Your phot looks delicious.

    Virginia Hooton

    Friday 29th of April 2016

    I love Johnsville sausage. Any variety. I will make this dish very soon.

    Kelly

    Friday 29th of April 2016

    Thank you, Virginia! And thank you for reminding me that this dish needs to be made again, SOON! (It's one of our favorites!) And I hope that it becomes one of yours, too! :)

    Dishin with Didi

    Thursday 31st of March 2016

    I just freakin drooled, like seriously DROOLED!! I've had the Johnsonville cheddar brats before and they "too die for"!! ♥ So pinning and sharing!!

    Kelly

    Friday 1st of April 2016

    I can't even look at it without it making my tummy growl for it!! Ha!! :D I know the feeling! (It's going to get made again REAL soon! :D ) Hope you try it, hon! The hubs is already wanting this again!

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