Keilbasa with Celery and Onions

Growing up in Maine, I don’t remember one time eating or hearing of this food called Keilbasa.  Then I moved to Pennsylvania. I knew about it after I moved to southern PA, but I didn’t KNOW about it until we moved to our current home, where Keilbasa is a popular food.

Kielbasa is a Polish sausage-often eaten in a hotdog bun and can be grilled, sliced and fried or cooked whole, used in chili, or any other way you want.

We had a round link of Keilbasa in the freezer that was gifted to us from a friend at church who makes sausage, kielbasa, and other pork delicacies one day every year. I decided to cook it with celery, onions, garlic and a bit of olive oil. I placed it in the pan whole and frozen, letting it simmer on low for a few hours. When it was tender I sliced it into 1 inch slices and added celery and onion chunks, some olive oil and garlic powder to the pan and let it continue to cook. When it’s no longer pink in the middle it’s done and ready to eat.

I also made beets. Someone gave us some from their storage from the fall harvest, and they’ve been sitting in our fridge for a couple of weeks. Since Saturday night was “Eat What’s in the Fridge” night the beets needed to go. I simply cut them into bite sized pieces, cooked until tender, drained and added butter to them. I made one beet for five of us…it was huge. The other beets made their way to the freezer.

“Beets. Bears. Battlestar Galactica.” Name that show….

We had a few mini-chocolate cupcakes left from Ladies Night Out, a bit of chicken salad and some rice and beans some friends gave us. It was a random, but full and very satisfying meal.

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