Sweet n’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa only has TWO ingredients, and is an EASY and delicious family friendly recipe, using pork or beef kielbasa sausage!
Yep…you heard me right, friends. This recipe for sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa only has 2 ingredients, and is very budget friendly to make! How cool is that?
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What Does Polska Kielbasa Mean?
Did you know that Polska Kielbasa means Polish Sausage? It is one of the most traditional foods served at Polish weddings. There are many different varieties available in grocery stores throughout the United States, and most are fairly inexpensive. You can read more about this common sausage here.
How We First Tried This Recipe For Polska Kielbasa
Almost 30 years ago my husband and I rented a room in our home to a college age friend of ours, named Kip. One night he offered to cook us dinner, and this polska kielbasa is the dish he cooked for us, along with mashed potatoes.
When I heard what “secret” ingredient he was going to cook the sausage in, I couldn’t believe my ears! It sounded completely crazy to me…but guess what? This sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa was absolutely delicious!
So What Is The Secret Ingredient For Sweet n’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa?
Want to know what the secret ingredient is? COKE or PEPSI. Yep. The sugars in the cola transform into a sticky sweet glaze that coats the kielbasa slices. So good… and we’ve been making it ever since… true story.
This recipe only has two ingredients. Kielbasa (beef or pork) and Coke (or Pepsi). The only really important thing to remember is to never use a diet soda for this recipe because you have to use real, sweetened soda so the sugars in the soda will caramelize and coat the meat slices.
Can you believe it? This might possibly be the world’s simplest dinner. The caramelized sweet n’ sticky coating on the kielbasa is truly wonderful! And talk about easy? Unbelievable, but true.
Look How EASY It Is To Make Sweet n’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa
First you will need to cut the polska kielbasa into 1/2″ slices. You can use either beef or pork kielbasa to make this dish. This ring of polska kielska only cost us $2.50 on sale. Since the only other ingredient is one can of cola, you can see how INEXPENSIVE this meal can be to feed four people!
Here is the polska kielbasa all sliced, and ready to go into a hot skillet! See how very easy this is so far?
Brown The Kielbasa
Cook the sliced polska kielbasa in a large skillet, on medium high heat. Cook until it starts to brown on all sides, stirring often. Make sure both sides of the sausage get lightly browned. Once the kielbasa is lightly browned on both sides, pour in 3/4 can of regular cola (NOT DIET!).
Why Do I Have To Use REGULAR Cola And Not Diet Cola?
The reason you want to use REGULAR cola is because the sugar present in this drink is what caramelizes during cooking. This caramelization is what coats the polska kielbasa with a sweet n’ sticky glaze. This adds wonderful flavor to the sausage!
How Long Do I Cook The Polska Kielbasa?
Continue to cook the kielbasa and cola on medium heat, stirring often. Continue to cook until the sauce has reduced, thickened, and coated the sausage pieces with a syrupy glaze. There should be almost no liquid left in skillet, once done. This usually takes about 20 minutes to finish.
Now it’s ready to serve! See how shiny that kielbasa looks? It’s that yummy sweet n’ sticky glaze coating each piece of the polska kielbasa. YUM.
Time To Eat Some Sweet n’ Sticky Kielbasa!
Serve this sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa with mashed potatoes and a veggie, and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious, family-friendly dinner! Best part besides how it tastes? It is SO VERY EASY to double this recipe, in case you have a large family!
Hope you’ll try this sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa dish. Everyone I’ve made it for always loves it! It REALLY tastes good, and is very convenient to fix when you don’t want to mess with a long, complicated recipe after a long day! If you enjoy polska kielbasa, be sure and check out my recipes for Apricot Pineapple Kielbasa Bites and Smoked Sausage Veggie Rice Skillet! It’s really good, too!
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Original Recipe Source: Kevin (Kip) Ecton
- 1 pound package polska kielbasa (beef or pork)
- 9 ounces cola (3/4 of 12 ounce can) (regular, sweetened cola, NOT diet!)
Slice the entire kielbasa into 1/2 inch wide slices. Place them in a skillet and sauté on medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the both sides of the kielbasa begin to lightly brown.
Pour 3/4 of the can of cola into the skillet (total of 9 ounces). Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has reduced, thickened, and glazed the meat (about 20 min.). All the liquid should be gone from the skillet.
- Remove kielbasa from skillet and serve hot, alongside a serving of mashed potatoes and a veggie. Enjoy!
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