KIELBASA AND POTATO SKILLET – CHEAP AND DELICIOUS MEAL
I recently found myself wandering the isles of the grocery store in a zombie-like state searching for something to make for dinner while my precious child whined incessantly, “are we done yet?!” While picking out a package of hot dogs, I noticed a coupon for $1.00 off 2 packages of kielbasas. Intrigued, I picked up the coupon and pushed my cart a few feet over to the kielbasa. I was thrilled to find that it was on sale! I purchased two packages of kielbasa for $3.00 and decided I needed to create some kind of delicious dinner with it.
Usually I just fry up some kielbasa to serve with pierogies… nothing wrong with that meal at all! But I wanted something a little different. What I concocted has turned out to be one of our favorite family dinners. This Kielbasas and Potato Skillet is a really cheap and delicious Meal!
The potatoes in this skillet meal are crispy on the outside and soft inside, the onions and peppers add so much flavor, and the pan-fried kielbasa is perfect. We love to eat this with a big dollop of sour cream.
Sometimes I buy bananas knowing no one will eat them and then I’ll “have” to make banana bread. Ha! Really, banana bread is so easy to make, fills the air with a delicious smell, and is an easy dessert or side to a cheap dinner. Plus, it make a yummy breakfast the next morning!
Click here to see the banana bread recipe I use.
I knew my kielbasa skillet dinner and banana bread would turn out to be a pretty cheap meal, but when I added up the price of the ingredients I was surprised! Here’s the breakdown:
Kielbasa and Potato Skillet:
Kielbasa – $1.50
Potatoes – $0.67
Bell pepper – $0.69
Onion – $0.40
Butter – $0.06
Vegetable oil – $0.02
=$3.34 or $0.84 per serving
Bananas – $0.25
Flour – $0.18
Butter – $0.50
Sugar – $0.18
Eggs – $0.12
Vanilla – $0.21
Baking Soda – $0.01
=$1.45 or $0.29 per 2-slice serving
Kielbasa and Potato Skillet dinner with sour cream + banana bread with butter = $5.43 for the whole meal!
I shop at Kroger and Aldi. I realize prices will vary based on where you live, sales, and coupons, but I’m still sure you can make this meal for a very low cost.
- 1 pounds Kielbasa
- 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 3 pounds potatoes
- Sour cream (optional)
- 1. Heat oil and butter heat in a large skillet over medium heat.
- 2. Wash, peel, and chop potatoes into 3/4-inch cubes.
- 3. Peel the onion then cut it in half and slice into thin strips.
- 4. Remove the stem and seeds from the bell pepper then cut the pepper into thin strips.
- 5. Add the potatoes, onions, and bell peppers to the skillet, cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
- 6. Remove the lid from the skillet and continue to cook until the potatoes begin to reach golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Note: I like my potatoes extra crispy, so I cooked them an additional 20 minutes.
- 7. Remove the potatoes, onions, and bell peppers from the skillet and set aside. Slice the kielbasa into 1/2-3/4 inch thick rounds. Place the kielbasa slices into the skillet in an even layer and cook uncovered over medium heat, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown.
- 8. Add the potato mixture back to the skillet and gently stir. Cook uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with sour cream.