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Hack my 'sausage' so my wife likes it!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 17, 2011 at 2:05 AM

And my toddler too!

I'm talking about polish sausage, of course - kielbasa.

I found a great recipe for saut??ed sausage and sauerkraut in the Quick 'n Easy Primal Recipes book. I accidentally bought polish sausage instead of 'regular' sausage, but I made the recipe anyhow. I added some caramelized onions (saut??ed in bacon fat) because I figure everything tastes better with 1) bacon fat and 2) caramelized onions.

The dish was a hit! I liked it, my wife liked it - and much to my surprise, my toddler (3 year old boy) liked it too. Well, he liked the kielbasa, and not so much the sauerkraut, zucchini, or red peppers.

So my question is:

How else can I deliciously prepare this kielbasa? I have to sieze the opportunity with any protein my toddler happens to like because it seems he likes so few. Bonus points if you can name some accompaniments that are also pleasing to a toddler's picky palate.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on May 26, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Yep, the chicken broth is what helps the potatoes get a bit softer. I never made mine with apples, but my husband doesn't like fruit + meat, so I probably wouldn't. Glad it didn't suck.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 26, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Ok, I made this tonight, actually - it got vetoed the other night. It went pretty well, though I would've liked the potatoes a little softer. I got the onions and potatoes nice and browned over high heat in some bacon fat - how can that go wrong? I don't think the apples contributed in a significant way. They were just kinda there. Overall it was good. The boy wouldn't touch the apples or potatoes, though :( -re-reading- Oh, looks like I forgot the chicken broth. Maybe next time - I think I'm OK to make this one again.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 23, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Let me know if you have any luck!

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 23, 2011
at 03:40 AM

This is the one that I'll be trying out tomorrow, so I picked you as the winner. Yay! \o/

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on May 17, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Rub tiger pheromone all over it. Don't skimp.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 12:59 PM

Tartare: yes - gotta get some manners into the boy ;) And I've not attempted to (or previously wanted to) make a soft boiled egg. You say the younguns like them? I'll have to try that. Andrea: yes, that's pretty much what we've been doing lately, but sometimes we have to force the first taste :(

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on May 17, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Tartare- I was raised the same way. That's the way I raise my 3 year old. "Here's your dinner" :) Everything must at least be tasted. If he genuinely doesn't like it, I don't force him to eat it. But each time it's cooked he must taste it. I've read that it takes kids on average 8-11 times to develop a taste for some new foods.

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(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 04:52 AM

oh, and soft boiled eggs (in a cup of course) with a little bit of butter, salt, and pepper in each bite will buy you a lot of street cred with the younger generation. you can also serve pretty much any meat that goes with eggs with this with success.

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(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 04:40 AM

you use a knife and fork instead of just your fingers ?? ;)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 04:25 AM

More and more, we're not making him anything 'special' for dinner. I thought for sure he'd go hungry (again) and not eat *anything* from tonight's dinner - I'm just happy he found *something* to like. He refused his dinner either last night or the night before. I think I convinced him to try the kielbasa by claiming "it's *kinda* like a hot dog..." (I've found as clean a hot dog as I can where even I don't feel bad about having some. As far as he knows hot dogs are eaten with a knife and a fork.)

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(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:50 AM

of course, a broadly varied diet is great for kids and getting them used to trying a variety of foods is helpful. I never got an option or choice of what I wanted for dinner, I was never asked what I wanted to eat, either I ate it, or I was hungry and had to make soemthing for myself.As an adult, I'm really very grateful I was raised that way.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Wow, I can't get my kid to eat mustard. Yet.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 17, 2011
at 03:42 AM

I'll pass on the ketchup and pineapple - I haven't eaten ketchup in years and can't stand it any more, and I hear pineapple isn't great to cook with - it breaks down and gets mushy, if I recall correctly. But thanks, though!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:15 AM

Obviously googling recipes is one of my fav things. I keep coming across versions of sweet/sour kielbasa using ketchup and pineapple. I totally think yo could make it work with tomato sauce and serve on white rice I that's something you do.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Found another one and I figured out cut/paste! Crockpot kielbasa with sauerkraut, potatoes and apples! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/slow-cooker-kielbasa-stew/Detail.aspx

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:01 AM

Ooh, I just found a kielbasa skillet recipe that uses apples with the saurkraut too. I can't copy/paste the link from my iPod, but if you google kielbasa skillet apple recipe it should come up. It wasn't totally Paleo, but it looked easily adapted.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Yep I'm interpreting this question how I want to :)

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Hack my kielbasa so my wife will like it!?? Classic!!

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:28 AM

Holy hell, I thought the title was gonna bring me to a porn site too. Let down:)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:18 AM

Hahahaha, sounds like a personal problem to me. ;)

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on May 17, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I don't know if you eat potatoes, but I make a kielbasa recipe that is the little red potatoes quartered and browned with onions, then add the sliced kielbasa and some chicken broth and simmer. Kids usually do well with potatoes, they are so bland most of the time.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:42 AM

I'll pass on the ketchup and pineapple - I haven't eaten ketchup in years and can't stand it any more, and I hear pineapple isn't great to cook with - it breaks down and gets mushy, if I recall correctly. But thanks, though!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:01 AM

Ooh, I just found a kielbasa skillet recipe that uses apples with the saurkraut too. I can't copy/paste the link from my iPod, but if you google kielbasa skillet apple recipe it should come up. It wasn't totally Paleo, but it looked easily adapted.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:15 AM

Obviously googling recipes is one of my fav things. I keep coming across versions of sweet/sour kielbasa using ketchup and pineapple. I totally think yo could make it work with tomato sauce and serve on white rice I that's something you do.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Found another one and I figured out cut/paste! Crockpot kielbasa with sauerkraut, potatoes and apples! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/slow-cooker-kielbasa-stew/Detail.aspx

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 23, 2011
at 03:40 AM

This is the one that I'll be trying out tomorrow, so I picked you as the winner. Yay! \o/

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 23, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Let me know if you have any luck!

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 26, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Ok, I made this tonight, actually - it got vetoed the other night. It went pretty well, though I would've liked the potatoes a little softer. I got the onions and potatoes nice and browned over high heat in some bacon fat - how can that go wrong? I don't think the apples contributed in a significant way. They were just kinda there. Overall it was good. The boy wouldn't touch the apples or potatoes, though :( -re-reading- Oh, looks like I forgot the chicken broth. Maybe next time - I think I'm OK to make this one again.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 26, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Yep, the chicken broth is what helps the potatoes get a bit softer. I never made mine with apples, but my husband doesn't like fruit + meat, so I probably wouldn't. Glad it didn't suck.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on May 17, 2011
at 05:01 AM

Nothing better than a big pile of kielbasa and scrambled eggs. Cube the kielbasa. Cook for a few minutes in a pan in lard/coconut oil/butter/ghee (pick your favorite). Then, cover with eggs (either just cracked into pan or scrambled) and cook until mixed and finished. Then, try to stop yourself from devouring the entire pan and do your best to leave some for your family. :)

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on May 17, 2011
at 03:45 AM

As an oddly but VERY particular eater as a child, I have some ideas you could try that may surprise you. As a general guideline, i pretty much ate like a raw foodist and Julia Child had had a baby. I hated any kind of cooked meat, but steak tartare, any sort of cold smoked ham, any kind of salami, any kind of cold meat was totally up my alley (except for aspic). Even cured salmon and pickled herring were among my favorites. Fat was great, again, as long as it was served cold, like the cured fat on meat or butter. At night my go to meal was an almost 1/4 inch of butter on rye bread with hot black tea or the same thing only with layers of ham and havarti over the butter in the toaster oven. (No more rye bread for me, rather sadly).

Sour things were great, again, i LOVED sauerkraut but begged my Mom not to cook my portion and (probably very annoyingly) complained about cooked cabbage and mushrooms. My Mom used to make homemade chicken stock which I liked, but it was lemon soup that was my favorite, done with only fresh squeezed lemon juice and rind into the chicken stock.

Vegetables were iffy. I never much liked potatoes (and we ate them daily). I think more butter and seasoning would have helped that situation. Again, I preferred raw carrots to cooked, etc etc.

I do think generally children respond well to cold, cured, raw and cold smoked protein better than they do to cooked protein, broths are great too. You could even try a well made pate. Even most SAD kids love hot dogs. You might be surprised to see what kids will eat if exposed to it at a young age.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 04:25 AM

More and more, we're not making him anything 'special' for dinner. I thought for sure he'd go hungry (again) and not eat *anything* from tonight's dinner - I'm just happy he found *something* to like. He refused his dinner either last night or the night before. I think I convinced him to try the kielbasa by claiming "it's *kinda* like a hot dog..." (I've found as clean a hot dog as I can where even I don't feel bad about having some. As far as he knows hot dogs are eaten with a knife and a fork.)

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 04:52 AM

oh, and soft boiled eggs (in a cup of course) with a little bit of butter, salt, and pepper in each bite will buy you a lot of street cred with the younger generation. you can also serve pretty much any meat that goes with eggs with this with success.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 04:40 AM

you use a knife and fork instead of just your fingers ?? ;)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 12:59 PM

Tartare: yes - gotta get some manners into the boy ;) And I've not attempted to (or previously wanted to) make a soft boiled egg. You say the younguns like them? I'll have to try that. Andrea: yes, that's pretty much what we've been doing lately, but sometimes we have to force the first taste :(

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:50 AM

of course, a broadly varied diet is great for kids and getting them used to trying a variety of foods is helpful. I never got an option or choice of what I wanted for dinner, I was never asked what I wanted to eat, either I ate it, or I was hungry and had to make soemthing for myself.As an adult, I'm really very grateful I was raised that way.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on May 17, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Tartare- I was raised the same way. That's the way I raise my 3 year old. "Here's your dinner" :) Everything must at least be tasted. If he genuinely doesn't like it, I don't force him to eat it. But each time it's cooked he must taste it. I've read that it takes kids on average 8-11 times to develop a taste for some new foods.

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6a0f15fbbfed36fe7a24a00c5e868f58

on May 17, 2011
at 02:52 AM

My mother-in-law is from Austria and in her area they would take sauerkraut, rinse it out in a strainer, then shake the excess water and simmer it with garlic and onion, add a little tomato sauce, and then add the pre-grilled or fried kielbasa.. I thought it sounded disgusting until I tried it!

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4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:41 AM

Can't help with the kielbasa, but my 3 year old loves regular sausage links. I get them locally, uncured and unsmoked. I cut them in half lengthwise, peel away the casing, and cook on the griddle. He loves them with mustard and calls it "steak". He also loves his bacon with mustard.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Wow, I can't get my kid to eat mustard. Yet.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:40 AM

I began making my own sausages for two reasons - One, I didn't want nitrates, dextrose, lactose, or milk protein isolate in my sausage. Two, I hunt, and have a surplus of meat that is usually too lean to eat on it's own... nothing a 60/40 ratio of wild hog to raw grassfed beef suet won't fix when spiced appropriately and shoved down a casing.

That being said, a favorite recipe of mine with polish (and Italian) style sausages is to chop them with chopped spring veggies (zucchini/squash) and stuff the mixture into bell peppers. A little hard cheese on top if you eat it. Bake these (I use muffin tins to keep the peppers from falling over) and serve.

If you were to cube sweet potatoes with this mixture, and use the very small "sweet" bell peppers that are very much en vogue currently, I'm sure it would be a hit with the kid - sweet, spicy, crunchy, savory... I just ate a steak and yet I'm now craving this...

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