Traditional sausage from poland. Made in dozens of varieties, sometimes smoked and usually with pork. Other versions include beef, turkey, or lamb. Kielbasa is typically firm with the meat being finely ground before stuffing into casings of about 1.5 inches diameter.
Kielbasa is literally the Polish word for sausage but there are so many varieties of kielbasa available. It is a precooked smoked sausage made with pork, garlic, marjoram, salt and pepper.
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Traditionally served with hearty vegetables such as oinions, cabbage and red potatoes. It can also be usedi n conjunction with the smoked andouille sausage often featured in Cajun cooking. Kielbasa also makes a good addition to the traditional Cajun side dish of red beans and rice.
Some use kielbasa in place of meatballs or ground beef in spaghetti sauce.
since kielbasa is precooked, it can be boiled, pan-fried, broiled or grilled without concern about raw or undercooked pork.