Friday, July 1, 2011


I probably haven't eaten regular kielbasa in years; it's just too filled with fat to be a regular on our menu. Luckily, there are several more healthful versions of this sausage--turkey kielbasa or a light version of pork kielbasa. I prefer Hillshire Farms turkey kielbasa and was pleased to find a recipe in the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine that I could make more figure friendly. My modified version follows.

Serves 4
1 lb Hillshire Farms turkey kielbasa
2 tbs whole-grain mustard
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, sliced
1 box mini pierogies, do not thaw
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

Preheat a grill to medium. Grill the kielbasa, turning until marked, 8 - 10 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep in a 200 degree oven.

Meanwhile, whisk the mustard and cider vinegar in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in 2 tbs olive oil until smooth.

Toss the onions and pierogies with the remaining 2 tbs oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill, covered, until the pierogies thaw and the onion begins to turn golden, 5-10 minutes. I used a grill pan to prevent food from falling through the grills.

Slice the kielbasa into pieces and add to the bowl with the mustard dressing. Add the pierogies and parsley and toss gently. Divide among 4 bowls.
What an easy dinner this made! The dressing is what pulls this meal together and makes it special. It also saves calories since I generally eat my pierogies with sour cream and/or applesauce. Another keeper, particularly during warm weather.


  1. What a great dish for the 4th, side dish or meal it would be awesome we love those pillows of stuffed goodness!

  2. Oh, I have this one bookmarked in that mag, looks fabulous...and I must make it soon :D

  3. As soon as I saw the title of your post I came running over. This recipe looks so great, both here on your blog and in the magazine. Sounds like me, you, and girlichef all had our eyes on this one!

    I'm curious about grilling the pierogies though. Did you grill yours? Either way, it looks dreamy!

    Sorry I haven't commented lately, but I have been reading all of your posts. I loved your version of the crumb-coated broccoli over the fettucine. I hope you have a great holiday!

  4. Thank you for visiting Concetta's Cafe - I'm glad I found your blog. Love all the delicious recipes and I am following you now!
    Please come visit again and have a great holiday weekend!

  5. I saw this one in the magazine too--glad to see how well it turned out. I have to see if I can find the pierogies here. ;-)

  6. Hello My Italian Friend!
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Thanks for stopping by today - your comments were so kind!
    Have a great night!

  7. Just like watching the food network, I am content until I view your blog...shortly after a few pictures I am starving. I'm coming to live next door to you. Yum! Thanks for visiting my blog and fr the nice comments.


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