there is something about Polish sausage-inspired meals that is both incredibly satisfying and leaves us wanting more. These dishes are not only hearty but offer savory mouthwatering flavors that can’t stop me from cooking them again and again.
That’s why I have been cruising down this list of recipes from brothy soups to traditional Polish sausage and sauerkraut.
But what is Polish sausage and does it differ from others? It makes sense that this traditional meat is seasoned with salt, garlic, pepper, and herbs because all these recipes are flavor-packed.
Let’s dive right into them.
What is in a Polish sausage?
Polish sausage is a seasoned type of sausage that usually contains a mix of salt, garlic, pepper, and other dry seasons to bring a lot of flavor to the smoky sausage. It’s a combination of beef and pork.
What is the difference between Polish sausage and kielbasa?
Polish sausage is commonly interchanged with Kielbasa because kielbasa is the correct terminology used in Poland for sausage. This is more to differentiate sausage from Polish sausage.
Do Polish sausages need to be cooked?
While the polish sausages are heated in all of our recipes they come in the same form as hot dogs where they are normally fully cooked when packaged. However, cooking them or smoking them is what adds to the flavor.
1. Polish Sausage Soup
Ever need the perfect heartwarming soup on a cold rainy day?
Well, this is it. This Polish Sausage Soup is a quick fix that really only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s also perfect for our recipes with polish sausage. It’s also a fan favorite because of its one-step direction. Throw it all in together, boil and let simmer!
While the sausage is certainly the main ingredient there are also some heavy potatoes packed in there. Not everyone wants to add these carbs so this is something that is definitely substitutable.
Try throwing it another vegetable like snow peas to complete this easy recipe!
2. Grilled Polish Sausage and Sauerkraut
This recipe calls for Kielbasa or Bratwurst. But when it comes to a polish sausage dinner what is the difference between Kielbasa and Polish sausage?
Kielbasa is just the Polish name for it. And this recipe calls for a good serving of Kielbasa because it feeds a family of six. But it’s really sauerkraut that makes the recipe what it is.
This tasty recipe also calls for a can of light beer but if that’s not handy you can easily use ginger ale or chicken broth. White wine is also a substitute for a light beer.
3. Polish Sausage Skillet
A personal favorite is the Polish Sausage Skillet. It’s easy and super tasty thanks to all the veggies that are packed in here from tomatoes to mushrooms and peppers!
It also gets a nice seasoning taste from the Italian seasoning and the chicken broth that the recipe calls for. You want to keep these two last ingredients in the recipe as it really provides the staple taste.
But some of the vegetables can definitely be mixed up. Not a fan of mushrooms? Easily switch it for asparagus and you get a totally different taste while keeping the heart of the recipe the same.
4. Maxwell St. Style Polish Sausage Sandwich
Ever heard of a Fenway Frank? Well, this is Poland’s version of Boston’s favorite sandwich. It’s way more than just a hot dog in a bun. It’s a kielbasa sausage decked out in your favorite toppings.
Some people would like to be a little more conscious of the bun which is why substituting it out for a wheat version or laying it on a bed of lettuce is a good substitute.
What really makes this recipe pop is the onion and mustard combination. Combine this with the sausage and it is a savory lunchtime bite.
5. Polish Link Sausage and Cabbage
If it’s not sauerkraut it is definitely going to be cabbage. This is a traditional polish mix and one worth trying.
As with some of the other recipes, it doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients which is why this meal only takes slightly over 30 minutes to prepare. Cabbage is necessary to really complete the dish as it offers something other than sauerkraut.
However, the ingredients also call for beer. You can try subbing this out for white wine or chicken broth depending on whether you want to use alcohol or not.
6. One-Pot Kielbasa with Pasta and Tomatoes
Want to put an Italian spin on a polished dish?
This yummy one-pot pasta dish makes things easy to cook without tasting bland. It has some serious flavor thanks to the garlic and the European herb lovage. The tomatoes are also a great staple so we highly recommend leaving those in.
While the onion is great not everyone loves the breath it gives you afterward. Subbing this out for some other vegetables like carrots or peas will also be nice.
Keep in mind that the onion adds flavor so putting in a pinch more herbs, in this case, can help.
So what is polished style sausage? Well for this recipe we can learn how to make our own. The first thing to keep in mind with making your own kielbasa sausage is that it takes quite a bit of time. Seven and a half hours to be exact.
When it comes to the main ingredients they are all pretty integral. However, you can’t make the dish without the pork butt, beef chuck, or pork belly! It’s this combination of meat that makes it special.
And while we wouldn’t recommend giving up garlic you more likely than not could try a different spice to change it up. Cumin or peppercorn is what comes to mind!
8. One-Pot Cheesy Polish and Peppers Pasta Recipe
When it comes to quick and easy recipes with Polish sausage this is the recipe for you! There are so many different things to love about this dish from the different colored peppers to the meaty sausage.
The broth and garlic along with other tasting herbs made the finishing touches to the dish. But there are a few things that you can change up to make it your own.
One of those is the ziti. Ziti makes the dish easy to eat but you can totally change the pasta out for penne, bow tie, or any other type of pasta you like.
The other thing that can be interchangeable is the type of cheese you use!
9. Polish Sausage Stew
Can’t get enough of hearty soups that have sausage in them? This recipe is a little thicker than the previous soup we mentioned which is a great changeup.
The surprising ingredient here that makes it such a successful dish is actually the packed brown sugar.
just like the last recipe the type of cheese you use can certainly be swapped out for something like Mexican blend or swiss. And for those looking to take some of the carbs out just use fewer potatoes! The soup still does great even without them.
10. Smoked Sausage and Rice One Pot Dinner
Sausage and rice are definitely a staple in a Polish diet. It’s also one of the more common Polish kielbasa recipes since it is so easy to whip up.
Interestingly enough most people think that the rice is interchangeable with brown rice, risotto, or other substitutes. It actually doesn’t! This is the staple that you need to keep consistent.
What you can change is the bell peppers out for something like tomatoes or another vegetable.
11. Three Cheese Kielbasa Bake
Moving on from a one-pot dinner to a bake is a great way to try something new but keep it Polish. Enjoy cooking bakes with chicken, rice, and broccoli? This is just a different variation!
The cheesy goodness of this meal is what really makes the dish and when you pair it up with elbow macaroni it really feels like a loaded mac and cheese.
What’s interesting is that there are zucchini and carrots in this recipe. Not everyone loves this addition and these can be taken out and changed with the broccoli we mentioned before.
12. Polish Sausage and Beans with Quick Pickled Cabbage
Can’t get enough of stews? No worries because this recipe is a goodie. This recipe takes a little longer but does serve 4-6 people making it a great dish for the family of leftovers.
This recipe offers something different by using gluten-free port sausages. This is something you definitely want to remain in the recipe.
While the recipe calls for maple syrup if you are running short on this you can try using honey.
13. Bigos Polish Hunters Stew
Are you ever thinking about what to make with Polish sausage? Well, don’t think anymore because this is a protein-packed stew that works with some shredded pork sausage.
This dish does take a little longer to prepare and there are no shortcuts to be taken. It also calls for a lot of different ingredients. To keep the recipe as great as it is you want to make sure all the different kinds of meets are in there.
The spices are pretty important as well but if we had to choose one thing to substitute it would be the beef for a white wine to change the flavor slightly different.
14. Air Fryer Kielbasa
If you have an air fryer then this is a fan favorite! If you don’t go ahead and skip over this one. This air fryer recipe makes it crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
The best thing about this recipe? It’s no longer than 10 minutes to cook! This is because the recipe only calls for the Kielbasa.
You can always serve it with eggs and homefries to make it a breakfast dish or with vegetables and rice for dinner.
15. Kielbasa Chili
Why not put an American spin on a great Polish dish. Chili is a soup that we all know and love and it’s that much better when we add kielbasa.
You never have to say, “what to make with Kielbasa?” again!
You can’t skip over the can of chili with beans but you can certainly forgo the corn keels for something else. Adding another type of beans to this dish like garbanzo adds more protein and fiber!
16. Crockpot Honey Garlic Polish Sausage
This dish is both savory and sweet which slightly reminds us of Asian kielbasa. There are a lot of essential ingredients that give it the taste we know and love such as ketchup, brown sugar, honey, and even garlic!
But if you want to take the garlic out of it we recommend finding a spice to offset the sweetness. Something like cumin could be a good substitute.
16 Delicious Polish Sausage Recipes for Dinner
- 4 c cubed peeled potatoes (about 2-1/2 pounds)
- 1 lb smoked Polish sausage
- 1/2 c chopped onion
- 1/2 c julienned sweet yellow pepper
- 1-1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 c julienned sweet red pepper
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- Add canola oil and butter to a frying pan and bring the pan up to medium heat.
- Once slightly melted add bell peppers, peeled potatoes, onion, and cajun seasoning.
- Shortly after adding the sausage to the dish and let all the ingredients cook together for 15-20 minutes.
- Keep stirring occasionally The dish is ready when the potatoes are tender.