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Potato Kielbasa Skillet

No need to hunt through kielbasa and potato recipes, this smoky take steals the show as a hearty home-style, all-in-one meal. It's especially perfect on those cold late fall and early winter nights. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound red potatoes (3-4 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on high until potatoes are tender, 3-4 minutes; drain.
  • Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onion and kielbasa until onion is tender.
  • Add potatoes; cook and stir until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach until wilted. Stir in bacon.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • Using baby spinach saves prep time because you don’t have to remove the tough stems of mature spinach. Some people prefer baby spinach’s tender texture in salads.
  • These skillet dinner recipes will blow your mind.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 472 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.


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    • Judy
      May 24, 2020

      I have been making this recipe for yrs now. A family favorite and requested again for tomorrow. I double the recipe and never have any leftovers! It is just so good! Thank you!

    • Mary
      May 4, 2020

      I hated it. Worse meal ever. Mustard taste too strong and really nothing great about themeal

    • choney2
      Apr 30, 2020

      I got this recipe in my email- took one look at it and thought it would be good. I sent the email to my daughter- who promptly made it for her husband. They loved it. I just made this and agree, its wonderful. Easy, nicely seasoned and a real winner! Enjoy

    • Kristihuggs
      Apr 30, 2020

      I do not like Apple cider vinegar does anyone know if I can use regular vinegar or if it will taste ok if I just leave this out all together?

    • Reynaldo
      Apr 28, 2020

      the flavors were good but i wasnt fond of the texture of the potato. i will try this again in the oven on a roasted sheet pan, adding the liquid at the end and substituting asparagus for the spinach.

    • Sue
      Apr 28, 2020

      My Husband and I Loved this!! we couldn't stop eating it. Will make again. Thanks for sharing.

    • dmkinsey
      Apr 27, 2020

      This was really good! I used russet potatoes since I didn’t have red. I also forgot the bacon! My husband and I both really liked it; it was a nice change of pace. I’ll make again (with the bacon next time)!

    • Carmen
      Apr 27, 2020

      I'm not sure what to say about this recipe...I'm kinda on the fence on whether I like it or not. I made it today and the flavors combination is a little strange. I love kielbasa, so it was somewhat disappointing that I didn't really like the dish as well as I thought I would. I did as others suggested and doubled the sauce, it was way to little for the amount of ingredients used.

    • Mary
      Apr 27, 2020

      Good for a quick meal. Love the spinach but left out the bacon.

    • mciepli653
      Apr 26, 2020

      My family loved this!!! Quick and Easy to make and DELICIOUS!!!