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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Craving For a Polish Specialty-Kielbasa

Ever since Easter, I have had a craving for a traditional Easter/Christmas treat (at least around where I live!) Polish Kielbasa or commonly called Polish sausage. It comes in a variety of ways-fresh, smoked, and double-smoked. On top of that, there are as many recipes for the make up of this sausage as there would be for German Bratwurst. We have at least 8 meat markets or stores that have meat counters all making a different version of this stuff, with the worst one being still pretty good sausage! Some are spicier(marjoram being a main flavor, along with black pepper, salt, onion and garlic for sure!), some simmer better, some roast better, some grind the meat coarser, some use thicker casings, etc.(you get the idea!). I decided to get Levandoskis' this time. It is a larger diameter than most, with a strong dose of spices in the mix. I will roast this in a 325F oven for about an hour, in about 2" of water(or beer!). My good friend is a die hard Polish Catholic who as a tradition, always makes for Easter a fresh horseradish sauce from scratch. This stuff when freshly made (ground root, salt,sugar, and white vinegar) is as pungent as anything you may have ever eaten! It is usually made in the garage, or in the open air because the fumes can make a house uninhabitable until they dissipate. Just opening the jar and breathing it can make you cough! In an oversize good quality hot dog or brat bun(I'll use catsup,polish mustard and horseradish!) this is one tasty way to eat Kielbasa....

12 comments:

Finn said...

Not a big sausage fan, but that actually sounds good. Of course I'd have to have a bite of yours to see if I like it...

Michelle Ann said...

Love sausage, love horseradish....especially when the horseradish can kick my butt! Must be why I love sushi...wasabi rocks too!

kate said...

ok as a Polish gal myself, I have grown up eating Kielbasa (pronounced Kilbasie in my Grandmas house) we ate it with Kraut not horseradish... will have to try that. Lately I love to slice it in half width wise and pan fry it with bbq sauce. Its totally different but you get that sweet and salty thing and the fat from the sausage mixes with the sauce... yum. Bummer now I am starving and its just 945am!

cheers!

Lynda said...

Sounds delicious. I think we have some kind of sausage festival here in the summer time. Maybe it is the Italian festival but they sell sausage?

I love horseradish.

Jen said...

I love sausages and this one sounds delicious!

doggybloggy said...

wow wee that sounds delicious...I cant wait for you to start posting pictures...

buffalodickdy said...

Finn- Some people don't care for the texture of a ground meat sausage, or the rather high fat content-but the varieties out there must be in the thousands..
Michelle Ann- Wasabi might be the closest flavor to horseradish that there is!
Kate- You'll see it cooked and served with Kapuska ( a version of Kraut),but saurkraut is definitely served on a Brat around here..
Lynda-Italians have many fine sausages that can be eaten in a bun..
Jen- I actually do not know anyone who doesn't like Kielbasa!
Dog B- The picture thing will take place when I can spend some quality time with my techie son...

pinknest said...

mmm mmm mmm count me in on this keilbasa fest.

Tanya Kristine said...

i adore horseradish. and it tastes GREAT in a bloody mary.

buffalodickdy said...

Pink- You really don't want to ever know the fat and salt content of this stuff!(That's what makes it soooo good!).
Tanya K- If they put meat into booze, you would be sooo screwed!(Vodka is what makes a Bloody Mary palatable-you can keep the tomato juice, too!).

DutchBitch said...

Hmm... I am not really a sausage kinda gal, but I'll take your word for it... for now...

Urban Vegan said...

I am Polish and grew up eating (albeit grudgingly) kielbasi. You can get very opinionated about it!

Even as a vegan, now when I eat vegan kielbasi, I always feel disappointed that I am not getting whole mustard seeds in the center--that's what I grew up with. Funny--but that's what I think of when I think of kielbasi.