In case you haven’t heard about her, Clara became an youtube sensation by recreating her Depression Era meals. Here is my attempt to recreate this filling and inexpensive dish.
A little bit of oil or fat for the pan
1 onion – sliced
About 4 large potatoes (about 2 pounds) peeled and diced (I parboiled the potatoes first to ensure that they would cook faster.)
About ½ cup or so of chicken stock or water
Sausage – this recipe is very flexible. Clara uses a couple of hotdogs. I know that hotdogs are facing a lot of criticism right now so feel free to substitute a healthier product free of unpronounceable chemicals. I used about 7 ounces of deer sausage given to us by a friend. Kielbasa, leftover, cooked breakfast or veggie sausage could also be used. In other words, use whatever you’ve got in the fridge that you can use up or whatever you are comfortable using from a health or economic standpoint.
How to Make:
In her video, Clara sets out the steps. You can find her video here. she is worth watching.
I started by frying the sliced onions in the oil and then added the potatoes. If you are starting with raw potatoes, like Clara, add a little water or stock and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Since I parboiled the potatoes, I cooked them until they were crispy. When the potatoes are cooked, add your sausage and cook until the sausage is thoroughly heated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Review and Price Breakdown:
This whole meal is quick to make, filling, and pretty tasty. It is also inexpensive. Four servings cost us nothing as we used up produce from the garden and gifted deer sausage. However, even if you purchase everything, the cost will range from about $2.12 to $3.72 for four generous servings ($0.53 to $0.93 per serving), depending on your choice of sausage.
|Ingredient||Price (September 2015)||Cost for 4 to 6 Servings|
|Onion||Free from the garden. Currently selling for about $1.00 a pound||$.50|
|Stock||Free if homemade or water. $2.88 per liter if using store bought.||Free – $0.72|
|Potatoes||Free from the garden. A 10 pound bag of Russets currently costs about $4.99 making potatoes about $0.50 a pound||Free – $1.00|
|Sausage||Free, thanks to a generous friend. A package of store brand hot dogs at Buy-Low Foods was $3.79 for 12, making each hotdog worth $0.31. Currently, store brand garlic sausage is on sale at the same store for $5.98. I would probably use about ¼ of this to make this recipe, or $1.50 worth.||Free if you are lucky enough to know a hunter.
$0.62 is using hotdogs
$1.50 if using something like garlic sausage.
This meal passed “The Man Test” and I will probably make it again.
Is this a meal you would make? How do you feel about the negative reports regarding sausage, bacon, and lunch meats? Will it change how you feed your family?