- Joined Feb 8, 2009
Polish Kielbasa, in most cases will be found in a sausage ring or rope. The polish would eat this for dinner with potatoes and kraut and a stone ground mustard. You will also see it steamed on a bun with mustard and kraut. At Easter morning my Mom would serve it sliced cold on a platter. I would find a butcher shop and tell them what your looking for as far as smoke and spice in the sausage. They isn't anything wrong with the Kielbasa it just won't do what you want in Gumbo. Do they have a Cajun sausage in any of the places you shop ?
So to be perfectly honest, I never tasted or knew what Kielbasa sausage was until I bought it accidentally at the grocery once. I loved the taste though. There are a couple of specialty meat shops around here and they all have good andouille sausage, boudin, pickle meat, etc but I don't ever recall seeing kielbasa locally.
What exactly is different about it? Just flavor? What's the origin of Kielbasa.
Lauren lulu... we could probably answer your question pretty quickly by just finding out who on this forum knows what pickle meat is. (without google!)
I lived in Houston for 4 years after the storm. Thought nothing when I asked the butcher at the HEB.. where's your pickle meat! You should have see the look he gave me! ...and it wasn't just him, there was about 4-5 other ppl around and looked at me like I was crazy. (or a pervert!) Thanks to one lady who was also from N.O. knew what I was talking about and approached me laughing and saying "no no no honey... there's no pickle meat around here. You don't live in N.O. anymore!"
4 years after that, I saw pickle meat at that same HEB before we left to move back home. I guess enough ppl asked.
ChefBillyB, that looks down right delicious!!