Monday, June 20, 2011

Golden Potatoes, Polish Sausage and Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon: Our Father's Day Brunch

Golden Potatoes

Golden Potatoes are one of our family's traditional foods.  We typically make these for our Christmas Eve dinner along with polish sausage.  Because it is such a well liked meal- especially amongst the men in our family, I thought it would be a nice meal for our Father's Day Brunch.

Here is how we start:
Place a 32 ounce bag of cube style hash browns in a prepared 9 x 13 pan.

Clean your green onion stalks ...

and dice them until you have 1/2 c of chopped onions.

In a medium saucepan combine 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, 1/2 c of butter and the onions.

Over medium heat, mix the ingredients well.

Then add 1 c of sour cream to the saucepan, stirring well.

Once well combined, remove from the stove and pour the sauce over the thawed cubed hash browns.

I then added about 2 c of shredded cheese ...

and evenly top the pan with your cheese assortment.

Mix the cheese into your potatoes and sauce.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  If you choose to make this ahead of time, refrigerate before baking and be sure to add an additional 10 minutes to your cooking time.

When your dish is bubbly, it is ready.

Polish Sausage

Polish sausage, or Kielbasa is the protein to our family favorite meal.  It can be cooked on the BBQ, boiled in water or cooked on the stove like I did.

First, I began by using a saute pan and I lined it with some olive oil, about 1 c of pearl onions and 1 c of chopped bell peppers.  I let them cook over medium/high heat for about 7 minutes.

While my peppers and onions were cooking, I sliced my kielbasa and added it to the pan to cook along side the vegetables.  I seasoned the dish with 1 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp garlic powder and a few dashes of red pepper.  Depending upon how spicy you like your food- add the red pepper to your liking.  Allow the kielbasa to cook until your seasonings and vegetables have marinated- about 20 minutes.  The kielbasa that I buy from TJ's is already fully cooked, so the amount of time you saute is strictly to heat and add flavor.

Once ready, transfer to a dish to serve.

Fried Eggs and Brown Sugared Bacon

A few eggs were fried and seasoned with pepper to top our golden potatoes ...

 .... and while cooking our turkey bacon on the griddle, I sprinkled brown sugar and a bit of maple syrup on top each slice to create a sweet and crispy glaze.

The table was set and the celebration of family- my Dad and Jeremy began!


Cole shared his favorite things about Jeremy ...

Jeremy was also given his Father's Day cards and crafts from the boys at church.  
We spent the rest of our day riding bikes,

playing games ...

and enjoying our treats of chocolate chip cookies and what remained of Lemon Meringue Pie!

Hope all the Daddies were honored, blessed and loved yesterday!

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