Schizophrenic Kielbasa and Rosemary Potatoes

Kielbasa Rosemary Potatoes

Kielbasa Rosemary Potatoes

I’ll be the first to tell you that the directions for cooking this dish are a little…schizophrenic. All because I was hungry and impatient! lol. The story behind it is that I found these cute baby red potatoes, and wanted to cook them with my favorite standby, turkey kielbasa. I started out cooking them in a pan, and suddenly realized that it was going to take forever [read: more than 10 minutes] to cook them through in the pan. So I popped all of the potatoes into the microwave for a bit to give them a head start. (This is my favorite trick for almost all potato dishes by the way – zap them in the microwave for 5 minutes first, and then you get to take 20 minutes or so off of the bake time!)  Then back into the pan to keep sauteing. Then, I realized that while they were cooking nicely, they were not toasty enough for my taste, and once again I didn’t want to wait for them to get that way. (I was HUNGRY!) So I popped them under the broiler in my oven. And voila, in 10-15 minutes I had kinda microwaved kinda sauteed kinda baked potatoes and kielbasa. =) And despite my indecision during the cooking, they came out tasty!! So here you go…lol.


  • 10 oz. baby red potatoes
  • 8 oz. turkey kielbasa
  • 2 Tb. olive oil (see my P.S.)
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Heat a skillet over high heat. Turn broiler to High. Cut baby potatoes in half into a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tb. of olive oil, garlic salt, rosemary, and pepper. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Pour into skillet with additional 1 Tb. of olive oil. Add sliced kielbasa, and cook stirring for 5 more minutes. Pour onto a baking pan, and broil under high heat for 3-5 additional minutes, watching carefully, until kielbasa and potatoes become toasty and crispy.

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

1/2 recipe is 2 protein servings,1/2 carb serving, 1 fat serving.

P.S. I used 2 full Tablespoons of olive oil in this recipe because I needed a fat serving, and wanted half the recipe to provide a full fat serving (1 full Tb. olive oil). It started out concerning me because it was very greasy looking, but then after it had cooked down and then under the broiler, a lot of the oil cooked off and it was OK. However, I think the recipe could do just fine with only 1 Tablespoon of olive oil if you only want it to be 1/2 fat serving.

P.P.S. My research indicates that 5 oz. of red potatoes = 100 calories, so that means 10 oz. is a full carb serving.


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  1. Ataa Seshadri

    This is absolutely epic Thanks for making this available.

  2. Hali Jakeman

    Wow! So tasty. It felt like a splurge! Kielbasa and potatoes has always been one of my favorite foods, thanks for showing me the proper portions so that I can enjoy it even when dieting!

  3. cyndi medina

    Sooo yummy!!! Thanks!

    1. CJ =)

      I need a “Like” button on here! LIKE! Thanks, Cyndi. =)

  4. lebsica gonzalez

    CJ: Wow! Thanks so much for clarifying. Silly me. Note to self: “not all proteins are made equal”. With the kielbasa, it makes total sense that 100 calories would be 2oz instead of 3 since it’s a bit more fatty.
    As for the potatoes, same thing…I was not equating the calorie factor. Such an important piece. Thanks for reminding me. This totally clarifies so many other questions that I’ve been having not only about this recipe but about also with other meals.
    Thanks a bunch!!!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Lebisca!
      Awesome, so glad to help! This was a big realization I had when first figuring out how to use the P90x nutrition guide – that while the portions are based on average sizes, it’s up to me to make sure that the specific brands or items we are eating fit the number of calories for that type of portion. The nice thing is that this gives even more freedom – the calorie guidelines mean that you can confidently branch out from the list of approved foods they give you – if you want to eat an item that isn’t on the list, just determine the type of portion you think it is, and then figure out the serving size that fits the number of calories the guide lists for that type of portion! So for example, if you’re trying to figure out how many carb servings a particular brand of hamburger buns is, just look and see how many calories are in one bun. If there are only 100, you can have 2! If there are 200, you can have one!

      So glad to be of help. And thanks so much for taking the time to comment on the recipes you try. It’s really encouraging to hear that people are trying and liking them!
      – CJ =)

  5. lebsica gonzalez

    Great recipe…I used the left overs the next day in an omelete, came out delicious. I’m a little confused about the servings though. If 1/2 the recipe is 2 protein servings, 1/2 a carb serving and 1 fat serving then that would be 4oz of the kielbasa, 5oz of potatoes and 1 Tb of the olive oil, right? But doesn’t the book say that 1 protein serving is about 3oz, so if I have 4oz of kielbasa, wouldn’t I be about 2oz shy for 2 protein servings? Also, 1 fat serving is 1 Tb of olive oil, so i if I used 2Tb, wouldn’t I be over on the fat servings? Lastly, the potatoes (only cause I love potatoes), if 5oz of potatoes is 1/2 a carb serving, then does that mean that 1 potatoe (2″ x 4 3/4″) is about 10oz, I don’t know why the book measures the potatoe instead of just naming the ozs, lol!!! At any rate, the recipe was delicious and pretty quick to make despite the broiling, microwaving and stove top. Thanks for posting!

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Lebsica!! So glad that you liked this one too!
      Regarding the servings:
      – Kielbasa – My nutrition guide doesn’t address turkey kielbasa specifically, however it does say that each protein serving = 100 calories. On my package of kielbasa, 100 calories would be 2 oz. of kielbasa instead of 3. So I based this recipe on that. So 8 oz. of kielbasa in the whole recipe is 4 protein servings, and 1/2 of the recipe is 2 protein servings.
      – Potatoes – Regarding the potatoes, everything I’ve seemed to find online says that 10 oz. potato = approx 200 calories, which is 1 carb serving. Since I used 10 oz. potatoes for the whole recipe, that means that 1/2 of the recipe would contain 1/2 carb serving.
      – Olive oil – 1 Tb. is one fat serving, so since I used 2 Tb in the whole recipe, 1/2 recipe would contain 1 fat serving.
      I hope this information is helpful!! =)
      – CJ =)

  6. Julie

    Honestly, I didn’t precisely measure the garlic powder. I just kind of shook some on. I like garlic, so I probably tend to put on more than most people would. I’ll try to pay more attention next time I make this recipe and get back to you on how much I used. Also, when I made the recipe, I had doubled it (to use the entire package of kielbasa).

    I’m going to try either Mac N Cheese or Shrimp Fried Rice next. I’ll let you know how these go!

  7. Julie

    I made this recipe with a few small modifications and it turned out great. I added one small onion (roughly chopped) and a small can of no-salt-added mushrooms. Also, I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt, as there is plenty of sodium in the kielbasa for my taste. So good! Thanks CJ!

    PS: I had larger potatos, and cut them into smaller pieces so I could keep the microwave time the same. Worked out fine.

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Julie! That’s so great, thanks for commenting with your changes! So glad to hear that cutting the potatoes smaller worked! That’s a good call about using garlic powder instead of salt – did you use 1/2 tsp garlic powder, or did you reduce the amount a bit? I always have a hard time with garlic powder, because it is so intense that I tend to misjudge the appropriate amount to add. Thanks again for recording your suggestions for others to follow! =)
      – CJ =)

  8. Lindsey

    i just used 1 tablespoon. and it was FANTASTIC. I will make this again very soon.

  9. Lindsey

    im making this right now! i saw it last night and my mouth started to water. i stared for hours. SO…i ran to the store and picked up what i needed. so far the only problem i ran into was that some of my potatoes werent done, so im baking them at 350 for a bit. (i bought the bigger red potatoes and diced them into quarters, that’s probably why they werent done) I gave it a quick taste test before i put it back in and it was YUMMY.

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Lindsey! Great point, I bet a lot of people will use somewhat larger red potatoes than the cute little ones I had. If you do that, folks, either cut them into more than quarters (8ths, maybe?), or add a few more minutes to the microwave step. I think I’d try microwaving for 8 minutes.
      How did they turn out, Lindsey? Did you use the same amount of olive oil I did, or less? =)
      – CJ =)

  10. Heather

    OOOhhh, cannot wait to try this one some time next week! I’ve already been through the recipes listed in Phase 1 of the P90X nutrition book, and look forward to different recipes to try.

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