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Need quick advice on how to prepare Keilbasa

vvv03 Apr 16, 2013 02:38 PM

We bought "fresh" keilbasa from Eagle Provisions (in case you're from Brooklyn, it's a Polish deli) and are about to prepare it. It's dark and seems smoked. I called them and asked if it's smoked or not, which they didn't answer, but said you have to boil it for an hour. That seems like overkill. I'm not sure if the guy was messing with me or not. Does anyone know how to prepare fresh keilbasa? It doesn't have the texture of typical raw sausage, for what it's worth. Thanks!

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    HillJ RE: vvv03 Apr 16, 2013 03:00 PM

    If you have a grill, I'd go that route.

    1. LaLa RE: vvv03 Apr 16, 2013 03:01 PM

      For it to be tender it needs to be simmered...not boiled...for 45-60 minutes. I usually do around 45 then a quick run und the broiler

      1. Karl S RE: vvv03 Apr 16, 2013 03:09 PM

        If it's fresh, it's not smoked; if it's smoked, it will definitely smell smoked. If truly fresh, it should be simmered/poached until done, and then you brown it in a pan (either whole - turn sides - or sliced).

        Fresh kielbasa is especially traditional at Christmas and Easter. I much prefer it to smoked kielbasa.

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          vvv03 RE: Karl S Apr 16, 2013 03:35 PM

          Thanks, guys! Funny story, I did a search and asked almost the exact same question in 2007! Will I ever learn?

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