When I think back to my earliest childhood memories, I see kielbasa. My father, who immigrated from rural Poland to North Jersey, introduced first my mother, and then us, his kids, to the greatest smoked sausage that ever was. A plate of kielbasa has always maintained a perpetual spot on our table, and I’m sure many other Polish families can say the same.
Kielbasa is not only suitable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it also transcends seasons -- throw it on the grill for charred perfection in the summertime, or add it to a pot for a hearty winter soup. It’s a delicacy for the everyman, a food item that’s struck such a chord with us that my mother, who is from Ecuador, has even gotten her side of the family on board.
If you want to enjoy the best that kielbasa has to offer, here are a few things you might like to know.