Easy Sweet and Sour Kielbasa


Sweet and Sour Kielbasa, made the easy way.

For most working moms and busy people in general, a slow cooker can be your best friend, offering fast and easy meal cooking solutions. Here is a simple, tasteful, kid tested and approved recipe for Sweet and Sour Kielbasa made right in your crock pot.

You will need:

* 1– 2 thawed or fresh Kielbasa links (depending on how many people you are looking to feed, I normally use 1 ½ packages) I prefer to use Hillshire Farms beef Kielbasa, but any kind will do.

* One 12oz jar of Heinz chili sauce (any brand will do, I just think Heinz tastes the best)

* One 12oz jar of Smuckers Grape Jelly (make sure you get jelly not preserves, it can not have fruit chunks in it)

* One 12oz of water (can use either chili sauce or jelly jar)

1) Start your slow cooker. Cooking time will be between 3-6 hours depending on the heat setting you choose.

2) Start by adding the Chili Sauce and the Grape Jelly to the crock pot; fill the jelly jar with water and add that also. Then cover.

3) I let the sauces warm up for a while until most of the jelly is no longer in ‘globs’, stirring frequently. (Some people may also opt to add diced onions at this point depending on taste and preference, I personally do not)

4) While sauce is warming up, cut thawed Kielbasa into ¼ to ½ inch pieces.

5) Place Kielbasa pieces into sauce while stirring.

6) Cover and cook. You can stir occasionally, but is ok to let it just sit and cook. Check Kielbasa pieces to make sure they are dark in color and you’re done. (A taste-test is always recommended, as some people like their meat cooked more or less then others) Stir before serving.

For this recipe, you can also use other types of meat; it works great with steak or chicken also. You can serve alone or over white rice. If you are serving a lot of people, you can always double the recipe; just make sure your slow cooker is a large one! Also, for adventurous cookers, you can make the sauce alone in a pan on the stove and then pour over your favorite beef tips for a great tasting alternative.

Bon Appetite!

 
© 2017 Paul Timman