Great Fall/Winter Recipe: Brats or Sausage with Potato, Onion & Green Beans..."Slungola" Comfort Food

Just toss it all in!


Have you ever just tossed different things into a one pot meal, as an experiment? I've done this many times--sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This dish, though, was a big success in our house--not one person turned up their nose! We call it "Slungola", in honor of my dear, late father-in-law, who used to love to throw all types of food together and cook them into fabulous dishes, which he always called "Slungola"!

Of course, the meat in this recipe is bratwurst, or brats, and that's a favorite for all of us. Usually, they are best grilled, but browned in the skillet with some cut up potatoes and onions, and tossing in some green beans makes it fantastic!

Finished and Ready to Eat!

Doesn't it look good?
Doesn't it look good?

Tom's dad Russell

He loved to cook for his family!
He loved to cook for his family!

Browned brats and potatoes

Add green beans after this step is done!
Add green beans after this step is done!

No need for exact measurements!

There is no exact method with this dish--that's what makes it so nice--you put in as much meat, or veggies, as you want. You can brown the brats, potatoes and onions in leftover bacon grease for extra flavor, or go healthier with olive, vegetable, or canola oil--whatever you prefer!

If you don't like bratwurst, try Italian Sausage, or Smoked Sausage--even regular sausage links would probably taste good in this!

Also--use whatever kind of green beans you have on hand...I've used some green beans from the garden that were leftover from dinner the night before, and I've also used canned green beans. I haven't tried frozen, but I'm sure they'd be fine, too.

Same goes for onions--I have cut up cooking onions and used, and also sweet onions(like Vidalia). I did forget to buy some once, though, so I just tossed a few tablespoons of dried minced onion and some onion powder in the mix--it tasted fine!

For variation, you could add other veggies that sound good--personalize it YOUR way!

RECIPE FOR SLUNGOLA...Brats, Potato, Onion, and Green Bean Casserole

Here's what you need:

Brats--I use a pack of five, cut up into bite-sized pieces

Potatoes--I use around five good-sized ones, peeled and cut up in cubes. I recommend red potatoes--they have great flavor, and hold their shape and texture longer than russets or other kinds of potatoes.

Onion--I like a lot of onion flavor, so I use a larger one, diced up

Green Beans--2 regular size cans, or whatever amount you want, but don't drain the liquid(if using frozen, add approx. 1/2 cup of water with the beans)

In a large skillet, brown the brats, potatoes, and onions over medium-high heat--about 10 minutes or whenever they are browned well. Use your preferred oil, or bacon grease(our favorite) to do this step.

Once brown--DON'T DRAIN the oil, just add the two cans of green beans, a little salt and pepper, and stir well. Cover and let simmer over low heat for at least 20-30 minutes, so the flavors can blend together well. OR--poor it all into your slow cooker or crockpot, and let simmer on low for a few hours.

This is a great recipe to prepare ahead of time, and either keep warm in a crockpot, or re-heat later--it holds its flavor well.

This feeds four people in our house, but I usually don't fix anything else with it except bread or biscuits, and butter--it's pretty much a meal in itself!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Umm, good. That recipe, looks and sounds so good, I had to print it so I can make it, probably tomorrow. Thank you so much. I also must bookmark it, just in case I lose the printed copy. You deserve a rate up and you got one. Keep 'em coming.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Aw, thank you fastfreda--let me know how you like it, okay? This is my husband's(hubber Tom Cornett) favorite meal, so I fix it on a pretty regular basis, lol. :)

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livewithrichard 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

I love a good casserole especially if it has bratwurst :)

You should go check out the casserole recipe I just published.

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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

I love making things up to eat, like you say sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't I am fortunate that my lot will eat practically anything I cook. At the moment though it is too hot most days to enjoy a cooked meal we are eating lots of snack style meals at the moment instead. As always I loved reading your hub.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

livewithrichard--Thanks for the comment--I just checked your hub out, too-thank YOU for recommending it! :)

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

maggs-Hi--how are you? I know what you mean about the hot days--we love to have salads or sandwiches on those type here! Thanks for visiting!:)

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

I love this stuff....makes your tongue slap your brain silly! YUM! :)

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Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

I already ate dinner and after reading this, I am ready to go back to the kitchen, but LOL it is too late to eat!!

Great recipes!!!

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Tom-Thank you, sweetie--the ultimate compliment, lol..~hugs~

Wealthmadehealthy--That's exactly what I told Tom, after I got done making the hub, haha!!! :D Thanks!

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Tom looks a lot like his dad, doesn't he? I know better than to read recipes when I'm hungry.. grrrrr. If I pass you a bowl.. are there any left overs?

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This looks like great "drunk" food if you know what I mean! On a road trip with my pledge brothers we went to Brockport, NY where there was an all-night diner that served something called a "garbage plate." It costs $5 back then. Here's what you get:

2 Hamburger patties

2 Sausage links

1 Strip of Bacon

1 Scoop of Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad

1 Handful of Fries

I had it with a bottle of Tabasco. Not bad, but it sits in your stomach all night long.

I liked your Slugola! Sounds great during a game!

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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

I love it very much.

ralwus 7 years ago

I came by to heckle your recipe. Leave out the beans and substitute with hot peppers of choice. Right when all is done add about 6 whole eggs and stir it all up and add some cheese. when eggs are all done and cheese is melted (I prefer Velveeta for this) ouila! One can top it off with some salsa and sour cream, and green onion bits.

Sounds good to me Tammy. I want to come to your home to eat.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Candie--Hi! Where ya been??? Yeah, Tom does resemble his dad-in fact, so do his two older brothers, lol...the older they all get, the more they look like him!:) We'll save you some leftovers!!!

Dohn--Garbage plate? Well, not sure about the title, but the food itself sounds good, but I'm not sure I could handle the tabasco sauce, since I'm such a wimp, lol.

Melody--Thanks for your comment--let me know if you try it!

Charlie--Heckle away, lol...:) Okay, I like everything you suggested except for the hot peppers, yikes...I don't do hot foods--like I said, I'm a wimp, ha! :D

I'll bet our son, Dustin(Deece) would, though--as far as spicy foods, for him--the hotter the better!

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Back again, I have made this recipe twice already with different meats, and intend to try other meats and veggies. It was sooo good. I am going to use it for company meals now. Thank you so much for this, and my son thanks you too.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

fastfreta--What a coincidence, in that I just fixed this last night! How wonderful to hear from you about this recipe--THANK YOU! What meats have you tried with this? So far, I've just used brats, but that's because my "guys"--hubby and sons--love them, but someday, I may sneak in another meat, just to see what they think.:)

I think it would make a great company meal, too--I might fix it next time all my kids are here for supper.

ralwus 7 years ago

Never had it with beans. Sounds great and I need my brains slapped silly. I do it with hot peppers and then finish with eggs, about 6, then top it all off with Velveeta.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

That sounds good, Charlie--except for the hot peppers, lol! We love sharp Cheddar, so I'd probably use that, then leave out the beans--can't see combining green beans and eggs, haha...

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

TamCor back again, we just had Slungola two days ago, and I just ate the last of it today. We use sweet Italian sausage, that's the one my family loves the best. We tried ground turkey and diced chicken breast, but the Italian sausage has the family vote. I also think that it would be a good company dish, and I will try it.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

I'm so glad to hear how much you enjoy this dish, fastfreda--thanks so much for letting me know!:)

I think it's the stronger flavor in sausage that helps with this, don't you? I'll probably try the Italian sometime, because we like it, too--thanks for the suggestion!

My daughter is starting to make this on a regular basis, too--I think she uses smoked sausage, though.

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mommyof2ws 7 years ago from Piqua,Ohio

You got us addicted to this. YUMMY!!!!!! And super easy:)

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Hi Sweetie! Oops, sorry about the addiction, lol...


Wag The Dog 7 years ago

Great hub, I love Bratwurst. Had it all the time when I was up north. Now I have to go out and get some... I rated you UP and gave you a 'stumble' at: You can go there to rate it up. "give it a stumble." Great hub. Good luck and God bless.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Wag--Thank you for the comment, and for adding it to your Stumble!

Yeah, we're from "Up North"...Ohio! Brats are pretty much a staple in my family's households, lol. My father is THE best brats griller--and my son loves it when Grandpa sends the leftover brats home with us after a cookout, haha. :)

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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Hi I just love 'toss in the pot' non precise recipes! Used to live in Germany and am quite partial to Bratwurst.

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TamCor 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Hi Jamiehousehusband--Love your name!!!

I love this type, too--they're never-fail, lol...If you get a chance to try it, come back and let me know, okay?

I just fixed this recipe last night, and had enough leftover for another meal tonight--it's definitely one of my family's favorites! :)

Thanks for visiting my hub-I appreciate it!


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