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2004/05/19 20:27:12 (permalink)

Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever!

Around here (South Bend, IN) Polish sausage is almost a mainstay but seems hard to find anyware else. Everything you see labled as polish sausage looks like every day smoked sausage. Nothing looks or tastes like the fresh sausage I know and love. (I wont even talk about brat sized stuff you see at hotdog places )

The supermarkets don't even have it here, you have to go to a butcher shop (the best ones have names like Stan & Teds, ______ski etc.) I'm just wondering if you can get fresh polish sausage where your at?

Feel feel free to go on and on on the virtues of Fresh Polish Sausage (with a scoop of horseradish)
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/19 20:33:54 (permalink)
    As I said in another thread, I can get it at several places in the Columbus area.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/19 20:36:58 (permalink)
    I ate alot of Polish Sausage as a kid! Don't think I've seen fresh sausauges here in the Knoxville area.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/19 21:40:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hotrodder

    Around here (South Bend, IN) Polish sausage is almost a mainstay but seems hard to find anyware else. Everything you see labled as polish sausage looks like every day smoked sausage. Nothing looks or tastes like the fresh sausage I know and love. (I wont even talk about brat sized stuff you see at hotdog places )

    The supermarkets don't even have it here, you have to go to a butcher shop (the best ones have names like Stan & Teds, ______ski etc.) I'm just wondering if you can get fresh polish sausage where your at?

    Feel feel free to go on and on on the virtues of Fresh Polish Sausage (with a scoop of horseradish)


    Hotrodder, Martin's Grocery Store, probably not far from your house, carries Vienna Beef Polish Sausages. To prepare one of these beauties up Maxwell Street style, cross cut the ends and char broil them on your Weber. Garnish with some grilled onions and mustard and experience a taste of Chicago in South Bend.

    www.viennabeef.com/enter.htm
    Go to recipes.....
    Go to Maxwell Street Polish Sausage and disregard "deep frying".....
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/19 22:04:32 (permalink)
    The Vienna Beef Polish Sausages are exactly what I'm NOT talking about! To me those taste more like a very good hotdog. The Vienna style or simmiler but larger are what I end up with when I order them anyplace but around here.

    The fresh polish is not smoked in anyway thus does not keep very long. Martin's carries it around easter/dyngus day but it's more than a once a year treat to me.

    The proper way to cook a fresh polish is to boil then put on a sheet in the oven to brown (otherwise it's a bland grey color). On Dyngus day it's served with beer, ground horseradish, beer, cabbage, beer, hard boiled eggs, beer, political speaches, beer.

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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/19 22:23:09 (permalink)
    Hey Hotrodder- you forgot singing. Would that come before or after political speeches?
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/19 23:24:31 (permalink)
    We have a heavy Polish community on the west side of Grand Rapids MI. Walk into a store or butcher shop and your pretty much guranteed to find some. On the East Side of Grand Rapids, I suggest O'Briens Market in Ada... Homemade and darn tasty!
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/20 08:47:17 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Hotrodder

    The Vienna Beef Polish Sausages are exactly what I'm NOT talking about! To me those taste more like a very good hotdog. The Vienna style or simmiler but larger are what I end up with when I order them anyplace but around here.


    Let me clarify. Vienna Beef produces over 130 encased meats. Most are hot dogs. They also make a knockwurst, a brat, and a Polish. Their retail Polish is made from coarser meat and different spices(4 to a pack). However, they do make a commercial 12" natural skin Polish. This is used exclusively by Chicago hot dog stands. It's cut into 2 six inch links and char grilled(not boiled or steamed). Vienna retails a 12" Maxwell Street Polish Sausage that's sold in a 2 pack. I'm not certain if this is just a 12" version of their retail Polish. Since you're so close to Chicago, a road trip to Bobaks in Burr Ridge or Orland Park would satisfy your genuine Polish Sausage needs. www.bobak.com

    BTW, in a former life, I bracket raced a 1970 L78 Chevy Nova SS396.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/20 12:41:54 (permalink)
    No Shortages of fresh polish sausages here in New Britain, CT.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/20 15:31:07 (permalink)
    My favorite Polish butcher is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I only get there once a year. I stock up on keilbasca then--it keeps well in the freezer. They have several different types, and not speaking Polish (and their English being limited), I have no idea what the distinctions are. However, the type I buy for myself is called "chunky"--it has a subtle smoky flavor, very garlicky, and a chewy texture that the store-bought **** bears no resemlance to. I like it best when it is grilled on the gas grill.

    There are supposed to be good sources nearer to where I live in NJ, but I've never tried them.

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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/20 16:48:41 (permalink)
    I have a meat grinder. Any good recipes out there?
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2004/05/21 18:24:08 (permalink)
    A man from the southwest side of Chicago directed me to my two favorite kielbasa experinces. There's a place called Gilmart on Archer Avenue there, near where he grew up. They have great everything Polish... or did as recently as 1993. It's fresh, and it's what you want. Poach, then brown. Yes.

    But the best ever was the sausage he claimed he made himself. Veal, he said. I had them leftover the next day. The best sausage ever. Even then I disregarded what he said he put into them, as he was, shall we say, given to hyperbole? Recipes, indeed, recipes are what's called for here!
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 12:27:25 (permalink)
    www.bluesealkielbasa.com
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 16:53:02 (permalink)
    The Buffalo New York area has a huge Polish community where you can find some of the best fresh polish sausage around.

    Check out Redlinski meats at this site:

    https://www.buffalofoods.com/home.htm
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 18:08:40 (permalink)
    One of my co-workers goes to a butcher in Baltimore to get Polish Kielbasa; he brought some in for another co-worker and me, and boy that stuff was good!![:P] I don't know what the butcher's name is though, sorry. It was definitely fresh stuff. And very garlicky.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 19:24:35 (permalink)
    Saying "Polish sausage" is like saying "French wine" or "German beer" - there are many different kinds and recipes- coarse grind, fine, all pork, pork and beef, double smoked, juniper smoked (my personal fave), goralska, swojska etc.

    Every good butcher has his own recipe, in addition to the more standardized blends. Here in Southern Ontario we used to have a father/son team in Brantford. You could always tell who made that batch of kielbasa. If Tata (Dad) made it - it had more garlic and waaaay more pepper. If synek (sonny)made it, it was more balanced.

    If you insist on boiling or steaming Polska Kielbasa - use beer or ginger ale, never water. It washes away the flavour.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 21:25:39 (permalink)
    Here in Tucson there is a place called the Sausage Shop, not to be confused with the Sausage Deli. The shop is located on Prince Rd just east of Fairview, I buy my fresh polish there and have never been disappointed.I would like some feedback on how others prepare their fresh kielbasa.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 22:42:54 (permalink)
    Split lengthwise and grilled over charcoal or a gas grill. Serve with boiled potatoes and cabbage (or sourkraut), brown mustard, rye bread and a good amber or dark beer. Oh yeah...a pickle or two.

    Another way: fried with eggs and home fries.

    And another: Baked with sourkraut and sliced apples and onions.

    Personally, I like good Polish sausage better than any brat I've had. And I'm not Polish.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 23:07:52 (permalink)
    Glad to see this thread updated. Since 2004, I've discovered some great Polish butchers in Linden, NJ, a town with a huge Polish and Polish American population. Two places stand out: Pulaski, located on North Wood Avenue, which is Linden's main drag, makes an outstanding kielbasa--not quite up to the place in Greenpoint I wrote about in 2004, but still excellent. Syrena, which is in a strip mall anchored by a National Wholesale Liquidator discount store on St. George Ave (Route 27), makes a less garlicky sausage than Pulaski, but still high quality. Both places make meals for takeout--I've only tried Syrena's, which are terrific--a huge meat or pierogi entree, a mountain of potatoes, and homemade red cabbage--enough food for two meals--for five dollars.

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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/23 23:45:23 (permalink)
    Tarragon, your assingment for this next week is to find out the name and address of that butcher your co-worker goes to. Please??

    Since I do get to B'nore occasionally I'd like to track them down.

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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/24 06:50:15 (permalink)
    tarragon & MikeS,
    My favorites are the Krakus Deli (1737 Fleet St., [410] 732-7533), Sophias Place (inside the Broadway Market) and Ostrowski's (524 S. Washington, Fells Point). I'm second generation Polish and I speak only a smidgen but I wasn't intimidated when I was the only one that didn't speak Polish in there, they were very nice and they explained everything for me.

    But of the three, I like Krakus the best. He makes his own and sells his fresh kielbasa plus some great smoked kielbasa along with hams and other specialties like natural casing hot dogs and kiscka.

    He makes the Kielbasa fresh on Tuesday's and smokes it there. Try the Hunter Sausage on Weds or Thurs. He has at least 6 different kielbasa styles, some with ham & loin, some with tenderloin.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/25 02:18:54 (permalink)
    Good place for Polish Sausage in Phoenix AZ for all you displaced Mid-Westerners

    http://www.stanleys-sausage.com/noshock/default.htm
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/25 06:48:07 (permalink)
    I am on it, MikeS.! My co-worker is off today (Monday) but will be in on Tuesday so I will hopefully find out where he got that kielbasa then. It may well be one of the places mentioned by Beer&snausages. It was definitely some good stuff.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/25 08:22:14 (permalink)
    Hey albinoni:
    Where exactly and what is the name of the butcher in Brooklyn?
    Thanks!
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/25 11:36:25 (permalink)
    Best midnight snack of all time: Polish Keilbasy with eggs and hash browns at Little Poland on 2nd Avenue in NY. Throw in a side of blinzes or peirogi, and you got yourself a meal.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/26 02:07:49 (permalink)
    Thanks beer & and Tarragon for the info.

    MikeS.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/26 06:26:12 (permalink)
    I have to say it's Ostrowski's for me. Wish I could get some down here in NC. You can find their sausage in many of the grocerys around the Baltimore area.(in the fresh meats case) Also have enjoyed the sausage from Sophias in the Broadway market.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/26 09:36:03 (permalink)
    No problem geting any kind of Polish sausage in the Detroit area. Easily available from Hamtramck or any of a number of suburbs. Gotta have white horseradish to go with it though.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/26 10:03:52 (permalink)
    MikeS. - it was Ostrowski's; my co-worker told me this morning that his Dad started going there in the 50s! I can assure you that the kielbasa was some of the tastiest sausage I've ever had - anything that is labeled as kielbasa in the supermarket is a far cry from the fresh real deal, let me tell you.
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    RE: Fresh Polish Sausage - the best ever! 2006/09/27 06:36:20 (permalink)
    Thank you, Tarragon!

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