If you have never cooked Polish Sausage at home for dinner, or possibly never eaten Polish Sausage your missing out. Polish Kielbasa is a tasty easily prepared sausage worthy of a place at the dinner table, and its versatility lends itself to simple culinary combinations sure to please your family.
First and foremost it is a sausage and can be used interchangeably with any other type of sausage in recipes for a quick change of flavor, and Polish Sausage is a savory not too overpowering hearty and juicy sausage that has enough oomph to stand alone and be enjoyed.
Polish Sausage is most often found as a smoked or pre-cooked type of sausage. However, in some specialty grocers or butcher shops, you may be able to get your hands on the uncured version. Most Polish Sausage is the pork variety although you can find it in both beef and turkey versions as well.
Some of the more common and easiest ways to prepare Polish Sausage we will take a closer look at so that you can get comfortable with preparing this amazing sausage for your family and friends.
- Pan Frying
Baking and Broiling Polish Sausage
These two options offer an easy and convenient way to prepare Polish Sausage especially if it’s smoked or pre-cooked type where you are just looking to warm the sausage through without too much fuss.
It doesn’t get easier than putting the sausage on a sheet pan and placing it in the oven for about 25-30 minutes add a vegetable or side dish and voila dinner is done.
If you choose to broil the Polish Sausage keep a close eye on it while it’s under the broiler, so you don’t char it too much, although a little char gives the sausage a little extra goodness if you like that sort of cooking. (tip: butterfly the sausage before putting under the broiler) This type of broiler cooking will take only about 5 minutes per side so don’t walk away from the oven, or you will burn it to a crisp.
Boiling Polish Sausage
If you happen to have raw or un-cured Polish Sausage, this may be a cooking method to consider. As we all know to get, any sausage cooked thoroughly without burning the outside and having a raw inside can be a bit daunting especially to someone who is new to cooking larger sausages.
Boiling your Polish Sausage eliminates the worry of this type of kitchen mishap and the waste of some good tasting sausage. You can always finish the Polish sausage off on the grill or in a pan to give the outside skin a little color and texture.
It’s easy to boil Kielbasa, just get yourself a large pot with enough water to cover the sausage and add some onion and seasonings of your choice then get it to a rolling boil. Once it starts to boil cover the pot reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads an internal temp of 165⁰F that’s it.
For a complete meal add some cabbage and carrots, or take the Polish Sausage out of the pot cut it up and give it a quick trip in the frying pan for a different texture and flavor, and you can add it to some sauteed cabbage for a nutritious, easy meal.
Grilling a Polish Sausage
Nothing says summertime like the taste of grilled meats, and Polish Sausage can be an excellent choice to add a little flair to your next barbecue.
If you are grilling up the smoked version get them good and hot with those amazing grill marks on them, and you can cut them up into bite-sized pieces for dipping in sauces or cut them into bun length sections to replace the hot dog on the bun.
Cover them with onions and mustard or any of your favorite toppings they combine well with the typical side dishes to give a more grown-up flavor to your next tailgate party or backyard barbecue and don’t forget to wash it down with your favorite cold adult beverage.
Pan Fry A Polish Sausage
What can you say about pan frying a Polish Sausage except that it’s about that easy. If you have the pre-cooked or smoked variety of sausage, this is about as simple as it can get in preparing a sausage.
Get a frying pan, and get it hot not too hot but good and hot, and then add your sausage. You can either add the sausage in cut up pieces or as large links, and some prefer to slice the length down the middle in sort of a butterfly to further speed up the cooking process.
However, you choose to place the sausage in the pan don’t just let it sit on one side and burn keep it moving. If it’s in pieces stir them often and if in links roll them around or flip your butterfly at least once you are looking to get a nice even cooking on all sides of your sausage for best flavor.
Once you have your sausage cooked, you can choose how you want to combine this tasty meat with your side dishes. Polish Sausage can easily be added to a casserole or a multitude of rice or noodles to make a one-pan meal.
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Microwaving a Polish Sausage
Again this cooking method lends itself to the pre-cooked or smoked variety of Polish Sausage and could take as few as 30 seconds depending on the size of the sausage being cooked.
If you look at the cooking instructions on the manufacturer package they make some specific statements as to how to microwave their sausage and following these instructions may provide you with the best taste and texture.
Microwaving your Polish sausage may cause the skin to rupture, and hot grease may be forced out so be careful when using this method to cook sausage, some may choose to puncture the skin before placing the sausage in the microwave, but this may lead to the sausage drying out a bit.
Make sure to use a safe microwave plate and placing a damp paper towel on top of your Polish Sausage may help eliminate some possible bursting of the sausage.
Whether you are having grilled Polish Sausage with chips, or are boiling this sausage to add to a soup or casserole the culinary combinations and cooking methods of Polish Sausage can easily be mastered by even a kitchen novice.
Polish Sausage is easily cooked in multiple ways and blends so well with side dishes that you should consider adding it to your family’s menu this week.