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Roaming Recipes: Kielbasa from Poland

Rings of fabulous kielbasa hang in a local market in Krakow

One Pot Kielbasa

This one pot kielbasa recipe is a family favorite and is a simpler take on the classic dish that is served in Poland. While people often add other ingredients like mushrooms or root vegetables, this dish pares it all down to a simple flavor profile. With only 4 ingredients and 1 pot, this is an easy way to put dinner on the table!

  • 1 jar sauerkraut
  • 1 14 oz can applesauce
  • 3-4 rings of kielbasa
  • 1 bag of potatoes

Chop the potatoes into inch to inch and a half sized cubes and add them to a large pot. Add sauerkraut including the juice and the applesauce. Put the pot on high while you cut the kielbasa into pieces. From ¼ inch coins to bigger chunks, the size is up to you. Add to pot and cover. Stir every 5 minutes or so making sure to pull from the bottom for even cooking. Cook for about 40 minutes or until your potatoes are just the way you like them.

Kielbasa Recipe Comfort!

I’ve been making this dish for more than 25 years. If you ask my kids for some comfort food, this is super high on their list. This one pot meal is perfect for a cold, rainy day. Scoop a steaming spoonful into a big bowl, grab a blanket and curl up for a good movie.

Polish food is all about nourishing the stomach while nourishing the soul. Cold winters needed to be fortified and the Polish figured it out- fast! This dish is cousins with the much more famous hunter’s stew called Bigos. While this is super simple, Bigos takes quite a few more ingredients and triple the time. But make no mistake! Whether you choose to go simple or go big with Bigos, it’s all delicious!

Visiting Poland is a delight for the senses! Amazing sites, super welcoming people, and plenty of great food make Poland the best kept secret in Europe.

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