Sausage and potatoes are staples in the German diet. The Germans are known for their love of sausages, and they make many different kinds of them too. Potatoes are found at every German table, for almost every meal. In English, this dish is known as a sausage and potato bake. In German, it is a little more of a mouthful – Gebackene Kartoffel und Wurst. This dish is as authentically German as it gets. Larry is 100% German, so every now and then, German meals are on the menu. For this particular dish, any kind of sausage will work. I used bratwursts this time, since that is what we had down at the time.
German Sausage and Potato Bake
2 lbs potatoes, peeled and sliced into rounds about 1/8 of a inch thick
1 1/2 lbs of sausage of your choice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup cheese of your choice
1 cup sliced mushrooms, optional
1 cup onions, sliced very thin, optional
1/4 cup butter
1 TBSP paprika
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375* F or 190* C.
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook the sausages until they are browned and thoroughly cooked. Place the cooked sausages on a paper towel to drain. Once my sausages were cooled, I cut them into 3rds, at an angle, but you can also slice into pieces or just slice them 1/2 horizontally if you prefer.
Mix the milk, eggs, paprika and salt and pepper together.
Cook the potato slices in butter for about 8-10 minutes, or until they are tender, then add the mushrooms and onions, if using, and saute them as well, mixing them with the potatoes.
When the potatoes, onions and mushrooms are cooked, line them on the bottom of the baking pan in a single layer. I also added some of my leftover peas I’ll Have Some Peas Please.
Add a layer of cheese. I used a combination of cheddar and jack, but you can use any kind of cheese you like. Edam cheese is a very good choice, if you like that. Then add the sausages on top of the cheese. Pour about 1/2 of the milk and egg mixture over the sausages.
Add another layer of potatoes and pour the rest of the milk mixture on top. Add another layer of cheese. Sprinkle the paprika and parsley over the top of the potatoes and cheese.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the casserole is lightly browned and all the cheese is completely melted. Serve hot. Das ist gut. Wunderbar!
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