I bought some locally-made kielbasa at the farmers market recently. It was so good and flavorful, but for whatever reason, the boys didn’t like it. They each ate a few bites and then passed on having more. I ended up with about half a pound of leftover grilled kielbasa that I put in the freezer until I could decide what to do with it. 

I have a couple of friends coming over tomorrow night for drinks and snacks, and I've decided I'm going to turn the leftover kielbasa an appetizer. I found several tempting choices.

  • Sweet & Sour Kielbasa – Kielbasa is drenched in a homemade sauce and slices are served on toothpicks, dripping with the sauce.
  • Kielbasa Puffs – Kielbasa, your choice of spicy mustard, and crescent rolls come together to make pop-‘em-in-your-mouth treats.
  • Arugula-Stuffed Flatbread – This flatbread could easily be cut into strips to make appetizer portions. Cheese, kielbasa and red onion accompany the arugula on this.
  • Smoked Sausage Cups – My kielbasa isn’t smoked, but it would still work in this recipe that uses store-bought puffed pastry stuffed into mini muffin cups and then filled with diced kielbasa, marmalade and Dijon.
  • Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, Onion and Cheddar Fried Cornbread Bites (Polish Hush Puppies) – Finely chopped cooked kielbasa plus other traditional Polish foods get battered and deep-fried.
They all look good, but I’m leaning toward the Kielbasa Puffs using Immaculate Baking Crescent Rolls and Beck’s Kitchen Pantry All Natural Creole Mayo.  

How would you turn leftover kielbasa into a snack or appetizer?

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5 ways to turn leftover kielbasa into appetizers
Make something new out of leftover cooked kielbasa that you can serve to guests. They don’t need to know it was part of your mid-week dinner.