Turkish Potato Casserole is a spiced dish filled with potatoes, kielbasa sausage, onions, garlic, tomatoes, chili flakes, and olives. The splash of vinegar adds a wonderful balance to the richer flavors and the herbs and spices create depth of flavor that makes this the best casserole you’ll ever have.
- What is Turkish Potato Casserole?
- Video Recipe
- How to make Turkish potato casserole:
- Tips for success:
- Can I make this casserole in an instant pot?
- Which other vegetables can I add to this Turkish potato casserole?
- What can I serve with this casserole?
- How to store:
- Turkish Potato Casserole
What is Turkish Potato Casserole?
This potato and sausage casserole recipe is easy to make for dinner or to make ahead and bake when you’re ready to eat. It’s also a delicious dish to gift to friends, family, or neighbors in need. The ingredients are easily adjustable so you can make the changes that best fit your tastes and preferences. Your whole family will love this creative and tasty casserole.
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil: Any neutral oil will work in this recipe.
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into wedges: Russet potatoes retain their shape and texture when baked.
- 1 pound kielbasa sausages: You can use pork, beef, or a combination of sliced kielbasa.
- 1 onion, sliced: White onions work best in this casserole.
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced: One tablespoon of garlic adds a flavor boost.
- 2 teaspoon vinegar: A splash of vinegar balances the richer flavors in this dish.
- 1 teaspoon sugar: A pinch of sugar adds a little sweetness and balances the acidity of the tomatoes.
- 3 tomatoes, cut in quarters: Ripe tomatoes smell fresh and have an earthy tomato aroma.
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili flakes: Optional chili flakes add a little spice to the casserole.
- 1 teaspoon paprika: Use the best and freshest paprika you can find. Smoked or not will work for this dish.
- 1 teaspoon oregano: Dried oregano loses its flavor the longer it sits. Be sure yours was bought within the last year.
- 6-8 black olives: Canned black olives add texture and a salty flavor to the dish.
How to make Turkish potato casserole:
Here’s a brief overview of how to make this dish. See the recipe card below for the specific recipe instructions.
1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. Use an empty preheated pan to cook sausages, breaking them up with a fork.
3. After about 10 minutes remove meat from the pan and add vegetable oil in.
4. Cook potatoes for 10 minutes or until golden.
5. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes more.
6. Add your seasoning: garlic, vinegar, sugar, chili, paprika, oregano, and salt.
7. Put the sausage meat back in and stir.
8. After about 5 minutes transfer everything into the baking pan and top with tomatoes and olives.
9. Bake for 25 minutes.
Tips for success:
Here are a few tips for success and variations you can try to make this the best Turkish potato casserole you've ever had.
- In addition to more vegetables, you can also add white, brown, or wild rice, or small pasta to the dish to make it even more filling and delicious.
- Add shredded cheese to the top to make the dish cheesy. Colby jack, Monterey jack, pepper jack, cheddar, or mozzarella cheese all taste amazing.
Can I make this casserole in an instant pot?
If you want to use your pressure cooker or have another dish you want to cook in the oven, this is a great option. Cook the sausages in the bowl of the instant pot with the saute function then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Seal the lid, set the time to 20 minutes, and use the quick-release knob to release the pressure when it’s finished. Carefully remove the lid and serve immediately.
Which other vegetables can I add to this Turkish potato casserole?
This dish already has potatoes and tomatoes, but you can add others to make this dish even tastier. Try asparagus, artichokes, green beans, mushrooms, butternut squash, zucchini, or broccoli.
What can I serve with this casserole?
If you’re wondering what to serve on the side with this dish, here are some delicious options. Try crusty white bread, fruit salad, sauteed asparagus, steamed broccoli, or a pasta salad.
When thinking about what to pair with your meal, remember to balance the textures and flavors complementing but opposing (soft with crunchy or rich with acidic) textures and flavors.
How to store:
Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat it in the microwave with 30-second increments until it’s hot all the way through.
To freeze the entire casserole, wrap it in aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Label it with what it is, how to cook, and the date. Labeling will help you remember later. Remember that if you cook it from frozen, it will take longer to cook in the oven without thawing first. Keep the foil on until the last 30 minutes of cooking so the top can brown.
What can I top this Turkish potato casserole with?
To make a crunchy top layer try adding walnuts, fried onion strings, pepitas, feta cheese, or sliced almonds.
How can I make this dish even spicier?
This casserole already has chili flakes, but if you want to make it even spicier add diced jalapenos, poblanos, Fresnos, chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, or hot sauce.
Which other meats can I use instead of kielbasa sausage?
If you can’t find kielbasa sausage, you can use ground pork, beef, turkey, chicken, ham, or Italian sausage.
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into wedges
- 1 pound kielbasa sausages
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 tomatoes, cut in quarters
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 6-8 black olives
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Use an empty preheated pan to cook sausages, breaking them up with a fork.
- After about 10 minutes remove meat from the pan and add vegetable oil in.
- Cook potatoes for 10 minutes or until golden, add onions and cook for 5 minutes more.
- Put the sausage meat back in, then add your seasoning: garlic, vinegar, sugar, chili, paprika, oregano, and salt.
- After about 5 minutes transfer everything into the baking pan and top with tomatoes and olives.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1416mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 20g