Monday, September 16

Good Eating Monday: Kielbasa, Apple & Sweet Potato Skillet

Greetings! 
I'm back from my brief holiday road trip with my 2 sisters and mother. I flew to Indiana, then from there we drove to southern Minnesota and stayed in Albert Lea.
I haven't flown for 20 years and things have changed--a lot! Printing my own boarding passes was a novelty. Also I didn't know the proper dress for the security inspection: on the flight up, I wore a jacket and a scarf, which both had to come off. For the flight back, I dressed smarter in stuff I didn't need to take off. lol.

One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the SPAM museum in Austin, Minnesota, which is Hormel headquarters.
I didn't realize how popular SPAM was. It's even celebrated in Hawaii with a yearly festival. SPAM surged in popularity worldwide as a result of WW 2, since it was shipped everywhere a easily stored & long-last convenience food was needed from soldier to hungry allies.

Tons of recipes at their website!

Also in Austin we sample "looses meat" burgers at a 76 year old restaurant called "Tender Maid." They steam their burger, heap it loose on a bun, then top it however you want. Yummy and lower-fat then a regular grilled burger.
We also sojourned to Minneapolis where we lunched at cafe featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives called, "Colossal Cafe."
 Their specialty was a meatloaf sandwich with cranberry sauce, which was tasty.


Today's Good Eating Recipe is a quick skillet dish that's great for fall when apples are in season:
"Smoked Kielbasa, Apples & Sweet Potato Skillet."
You'll want to prepare steamed rice for this meal.

Ingredients:
1 Smoked Kielbasa of your favorite type, sliced into 1/4 inch disks and disks halved. 
2 Firm Apples, seeded and sliced (such as Jonathan, Gala, Fugi, Rome, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, etc)
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into disks, then disks cut into strips.
1 medium onion, sliced (optional)
1 clove minced garlic 
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Sauce:
1/2 cup Heinz 57 Sauce
1 Tbsp honey

Directions:
In a greased skillet, add olive oil & garlic. Simmer 15 seconds to let garlic infuse oil, then add sweet potato strips. Saute, spraying with cooking oil spray as needed until about half cooked. Then add Kielbasa, onion and apples, sauteing until heated through and apples and onion are tender.
Sauce: combine Heinz 57 with honey and stir into skillet mix and until heated through, then serve over steamed rice. Serves 4.



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Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

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