Recipe of the Week: Poor Man’s Casserole, by J.T.

I don’t measure when I cook. I never have. I “eye” it. It’s what makes dinner so great! This is a simple recipe I dubbed “Poor Man’s Casserole” one evening years ago. I hardly had anything left in the cupboards, and I was living paycheck to paycheck. Since then, I’m more prepared.


  • 1 box of au gratin or scalloped potatoes mix
  • milk/butter/water as indicated on potato mix box
  • 1 can of your favorite vegetable, drained
  • 1 roll of your favorite kielbasa or sausage (or whatever meat you have on hand, as this is poor man’s casserole)
  • thyme, rosemary, oregano, and black pepper, to taste


  1. Follow instructions on potato mix box. (If you choose to make taters from scratch, follow your recipe.)
  2. Add drained can (or fresh veggies) and meat of choice, unless you want it vegetarian style, to your casserole.
  3. Place casserole in oven, per box instructions. About 10 minutes before casserole is to be finished, sprinkle herbs/spices (thyme, rosemary, oregano, and black pepper) over the top. Continue baking the full time.
  4. Let stand for a few minutes to thicken. Enjoy. Serves amount indicated on box– usually 4 or 5 servings.

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