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What to do with Kielbasa

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I don't eat this too often, but when I do it is either grilled or cut into small pieces with pineapple and put in a crock pot at family functions. Any suggestions for a more interesting way of cooking and serving kielbasa?

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  1. Here's one I got from epicurious (assuming you mean the smoked kind). We enjoyed it:

    2 T butter; a large onion sliced thinly; 1 T sugar; 1 1/2 t s; a 12 oz. bottle beer; 1 lb. smoked kielbasa in 2 inch pieces; about 2 1/2 lb. head of cabbage cut into 2 inch thick wedges; about 4 medium red potatoes quartered

    Melt butter in pot over medium low heat. Throw in onion, sugar and salt and cook until onion is golden. Add beer, then kielbasa, cabbage, and potatoes. Turn to low and simmer covered for about an hour. Stir from time to time.

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    1. re: twinmommy

      That's pretty much the way I do it only I omit the sugar and add sliced fresh apples for the sweetness. I also add a teaspoon or so of caraway seed.

      Sometimes I'll brown the kielbasa first.

      1. re: 2chez mike

        Oh yeah. I use sauerkraut instead of the fresh cabbage, too.(I'm going to try it with fresh cabbage next time)

        1. re: 2chez mike

          Don't forget to drain the sauerkraut first. I put pierogies on top of the whole mess to steam the last 15 minutes.

    2. Slice it up and use it as the seasoning meat in red beans and rice.

      1. Haven't done this in years, but we used to slice up kielbasa into coins, slice onions thinly, and toss into a casserole dish with Chinese duck sauce. Microwave for a minute or two, until the meat was heated, the onions wilted and the duck sauce melted. Sounds nasty, but it was pretty good stuff, actually. It's probably much like the pineapple combo in the crockpot, though.

        1. Poach it in wine and water for 20 mins. Cool and remove skin. Cut into coins and add diced tomato, scallions and parsley and toss with a mustardy viniagrette. Serve at room temp. It's delicious !!!

          1. This is one of my family's favorite soups:

            Smoked Sausage Soup

            1t olive oil (can use more if you want)
            14 oz. kielbasa or smoked sausage
            1-1/2C finely chopped onion
            1/2C finely chopped celery
            1/2C finely chopped carrot
            2 garlic cloves, minced
            32 oz. chicken broth/stock
            14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
            1/3C uncooked white rice
            Salt and pepper to taste
            7 oz baby spinach (one bag of pre-washed works well)

            Heat oil in soup pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage through garlic and cook 4 minutes until veggies are tender. Add broth through salt & pepper and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until rice is done, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach.

            You can sprinkle some grated parmesan over each bowl.

            Enjoy!