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by Caitlin Saniga

Slow cooker kielbasa and sauerkraut with skin-on mashed potatoes

I love when I’m home and Mom puts on a CrockPot of kielbasa and kraut for dinner — it’s a Saniga family favorite. The longer it cooks, the better the taste, with both components swapping some of their signature flavors. And no plate of kielbasa and kraut is complete without a small mountain of mashed potatoes. No frills here, just a simple, beloved meal.

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by Caitlin Saniga

My Baboo would be proud of these mashed potatoes. She believed that everything is infinitely better with butter and onions. Unlike olive oil, butter really preserves the onions' sweetness. She used to buy both ingredients in bulk and make pan after pan of butter-caramelized onions. She'd save her old butter and cottage cheese containers for this task, and then she'd dole out the little vats of butter and onions to anyone who showed even the mildest approval of the combination. Her instructions: Freeze it, and add a spoonful (or more) to anything (scrambled eggs, sauteed cabbage, noodles, potato salad etc.).

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk (or more if you prefer creamier mashed potatoes)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat (about 8 o’clock on your dial). Add the onion and let cook for about 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, and more often toward the end of the cook time. When the onions are finished cooking, they will be golden brown and transparent with brown edges (If you’ve lost all of the transparency, you’ve cooked ’em too long, and they will be bitter). Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, and set aside

In the meantime, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the potatoes. Cook uncovered and on medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a fork can easily pierce and break apart the potato. Drain the potatoes and transfer to the bowl of an upright mixer or another large bowl. Add the milk, and use an electric mixer (fitted with a whisk if using an upright) to whip the potatoes until they are smooth. Add the butter and onion mixture and stir to combine.

Serve immediately.

Makes 8 side dish servings.

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