Let’s Get Polish


Kielbasa and pierogi — them’s real Polish eats. Or at least the only thing I know about Polish food.

Before I met my wife, I never got pierogi (it’s plural…really). OK, I understood them, I just never purchased them. I think it’s because I saw them as a lesser version of the holiest of Italian foods, ravioli. Potato? Who needs it when you can get some nice ricotta cheese in the middle?

It didn’t help that we didn’t know how to prepare these potato-filled dumplings. I mean, we knew to boil them, but then what do you put on them? We usually used leftover tomato sauce, but it was overpowering. So I turned to the Internet…and wonder of wonders, it suggested a classic Italian preparation: fry them up with some butter and olive oil, after FullyCookedLeanTurkeyKielbasa-main_Fullsoftening some onion and garlic in the pan.

Fine by me.

After adding some salt and pepper, these things were done. So it was time to add some Polish protein: the oft-maligned kielbasa sausage. In our case, it was Lean Turkey Kielbasa, courtesy of Jennie-O. Well, actually it was courtesy of the company because they didn’t send it to me free. (But if you’re reading this, Jennie-O, you still have time!)

Anyway, I cut it up into big chunks and threw them into the pan for some heat (it comes fully cooked already). Now that I’m looking at pictures of how it’s prepared elsewhere, I’m thinking I left the chunks a little too big. Maybe they’re supposed to be cut into coin-like shapes, as pictured on the package. Eh, what do packaging pictures know?

IMG_2944After a thorough mixing of the pierogi and kielbasa pieces, we only had to wait for the string beans to finish steaming and we were ready to eat.

I think it turned out pretty good for a quick, mid-week meal. The only problem? The kielbasa was salty as all get-out. I mean, lip-curling, water-clamoring saltiness. Hey Jennie-O, you don’t need to make up for the fact that it’s turkey with more salt than the ocean. It’d still be good with half the sodium.

This is the part where I end with a funny but inappropriate Polish joke. Fortunately for you, I don’t know any. Feel free to leave some good ones in the comments…


9 responses to “Let’s Get Polish

  1. now this is some hearty victuals to be sure!

  2. I wouldn’t call the turkey kielbasa “bite size” cuts unless you’re pretty hungry…but who cares, the photo looks so nasty yummy! I wouldn’t have guessed it was turkey… I should probably add this to my week’s menu.

  3. Dude…these americanized polish kielbasas they sell at the store are essentially only related to actual kielbasa by the fact that they are tube-shaped meat products. Try to track down a polish deli next time. You’ll really be glad you did. =)

    (I have no idea where you live or how easy finding a polish deli is going to be, but it will be worth it.)

  4. Ok…so if I would have read your page any further than this post, I’d know that you were in NY. So you really, really have no excuse for using such substandard “kielbasa”.

  5. Well, I do have an excuse: my wife doesn’t eat pork or beef. So, unless I want to eat dinner alone, the real stuff is unfortunately off-limits.

  6. I’m sure if you found a good Polish deli you might be able to find a turkey kielbasa…there must be demand for it.

  7. Looks very good BTW.

    My grandmother said she used to serve them with tomato sauce or even gravy. I like to boil them and then brown them in a skillet with butter. Yum.

  8. Emory Bartosz

    Once you find a place with a good menu the next step is to learn to understand it. You won’t make a good impression on your date if you order something and are then shocked to find out what it is when it gets to the table. Decide beforehand what you’re going to order and learn how to properly say it in Italian. Then, find out what Italian food your date likes and pick out some recommendations from the menu beforehand and learn how to say them. When it comes time to order and you’re reading off your selection from the menu like an Italian food connoisseur you’ll really impress your date..

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