3 Different, Fun Ways On How To Cook Polish Sausage
Polish sausage is not just loved in Poland. It has made a mark in international cuisine. Often called kielbasa, it is a type of sausage that is thick and comes in “kinks”. The traditional kielbasa is pork-based, but there are now beef varieties as well.
It is naturally seasoned lightly with pepper and garlic, which gives it its unique but mellow flavor. Because of this versatility in taste, it can be used in various cuisines and recipes - either on its own or as part of another dish.
Usually, polish sausage comes precooked or smoked. You can always check out your meat shop or butcher for fresher options, though. The most common way to cook this is by simply boiling. Other methods are just as promising, such as baking and grilling.
All ways on how to cook polish sausage can bring out a unique texture and flavor of the meat. But one thing is for sure: You should always - and ONLY - eat kielbasa with beer. There are no other alternatives.
There are two ways you can go about this - using water or beer.
1. Pour in water into a pot.
2. Add your seasonings of choice (salt, pepper, or garlic - it’s up to you).
3. Let these come to a boil before adding the sausage.
4. Add some peeled onions to the mix.
5. Cover with a lid and let it boil for 50 more minutes.
6. Once done, simply transfer the sausages out of the pot and onto a serving plate or dish with a paper towel to remove excess liquids.
7. Wait a few minutes before eating or serving to let the sausages rest. This will let the juices to seep in a little more and settle down.
- Be sure to be more alert with this method because unlike water, beer “reduces” while cooking.
- Proceed with the same steps as you would if you boil with just water.
- The only difference is that you need to add a bottle of beer to the pot while boiling.
- Have a second bottle nearby, you might need it if the beer has reduced and you need to add more to the pot.
- Check the pot regularly during the 50-minute boil to ensure your beer isn’t entirely reduced.
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Take a nonstick baking tray or dish and place your sausages.
3. Make sure the spaces between each sausage is even to avoid sticking.
4. Bake them until you notice the skins of the sausages have turned golden brown.
5. Once done, transfer to a dish and serve!
1. Turn your grill on medium heat.
2. Once hot, oil the grills lightly.
3. Put your sausages on the grill bars and cook for 4 minutes per side.
4. Cover the grill while cooking.
5. Once grilled on both sides, the sausages are ready to serve, either on their own or with buns.
- You can enjoy polish sausage by itself because it is naturally rich and flavorful. But it also does well when paired with other recipes. For instance, a traditional way of serving it is with steamed cabbage on the side (or any vegetables of your choice). It also pairs well with dumplings or mashed potatoes. Most forms of starch-rich food will do great with kielbasa.
- Now, while you can pair it with almost any food, it’s a different story when it comes to drinks. There is only ONE RIGHT DRINK PAIRING for kielbasa: Beer. There is no debate. There is no alternative. It’s like the golden rule of all Central European cuisines.
- To get the best results of your cooking efforts, be patient. Wait a while to let them rest and cool down before slicing and serving. It’s not technically about food safety but rather a case of maximizing the potential flavors from letting the juices cool, thicken, and stay tasty.
- When baking or boiling them, it’s common for them to “split open”. This happens when there is too much heat, causing the inside of the meat to swell and break out of the skin. Aside from presentation, this won’t affect the quality of your sausages.
- Other things you can throw into your pot for extra flavor while boiling include: garlic, onions, and even tomato sauce (if you’re feeling Italian)!
There are many ways on how to cook polish sausage. It’s one of the highlights of Central European cuisine. Be sure to experiment with the ways we discussed earlier. If you are a beginner, we suggest starting with simply boiling it. This allows you to appreciate the naked but full flavors of its meat. Happy cooking and enjoy your dish with a bottle of beer - or perhaps two!