kielbasa mashed potatoes

this is my comfort food. and i need alot of comfort in the winter now that i live in the midwest! this has become a staple in the casteel cafe, & it's also a regular favorite comfort food of my sister's. i originally found the idea from a rachael ray cookbook, but my recipe below is now very different from its inspiration.

3 pounds red potatoes, chopped into 1" pieces
1 link kielbasa, sliced into half moons
1 stick butter
2 tablespoons milk or cream
salt & pepper
olive oil
1 red onion, sliced thin
1 bag baby spinach
2-4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1. bring the potatoes to a boil in a large pot over high heat, & reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked & tender.

2. saute the kielbasa in a skillet over medium-high heat until warmed through & crispy on the edges. drain on a paper towel, leaving at least 1 tablespoon grease in the skillet.

3. drain the potatoes, & mash with butter & milk to desired consistency {we like it more smashed than mashed, with some lumps left}. salt & pepper to taste.

4. saute the red onion in the kielbasa fat {use olive oil, if needed} until tender & carmelized.

5. add 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar. add spinach in bunches until wilted down into the onion & vinegar.

6. mix together the mashed potatoes, kielbasa, & onion/spinach mixture. add more red wine vinegar to taste.

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