Kielbasa and Apple Kabobs

July 14, 2010

I apparently didn’t get enough sodium from the Pretzel Dogs Friday night – I decided to continue the sodium fest theme through Saturday evening.

I am a huge fan of the kabob. Nothing beats being able to cook everything at once on the grill. I was looking online for different kabob recipes and stumbled upon a Kielbasa and Apple Kabob that really looked interesting. I love that the Allrecipes.com website has lots of reviews for every recipe. Most of the kabob reviews stated that they were surprised at how good they ended up tasting.

Why not? I knew I wanted to give the recipe a try. Our friends were game for being guinea pigs – so I ran with it.

The Ingredients:

I had a weird setting on the camera and didn’t notice until it was too late – it created a lovely haze on the products, whoops!

1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
3/4 Cup Cranberry Juice
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
1 Pound Fully Cooked Kielbasa or Polish Sausage – cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces – I used 2 lbs.
2 Medium Tart Apples – cut into wedges – I used 3 Granny Smith Apples
1 Medium Sweet Red Pepper – cut into 1-inch pieces – I used a combo of red and orange peppers
1 Medium Green Pepper – cut into 1-inch pieces – I didn’t use green, because I already had the orange and thought the green from the apples would be enough

I prepped my keilbasa, apples and peppers and got them onto the metal skewers.

I was able to make 5 large kabobs out of the ingredients. I got the kabobs covered and placed them into the fridge while I prepped the glaze.

In a saucepan, I combined the sugar and cornstarch.

I gave it a good mixing before adding the cranberry juice, cider vinegar and soy sauce.

Bring the sauce/glaze to a boil – cook and stir for several minutes – I had mine on the burner for about 4 minutes.

The sauce smelled delicious. I used a brush to coat the kabobs before placing them on the grill.

While the kabobs were grilling, my girlfriend Michelle and I were thinking of different combos we could use with the glaze. I thought it would be screamin’ good with chicken and pineapple – she mentioned nectarines and chicken – both of us thought the cranberry juice could be switched out with orange, mango, etc.

I kept turning the kabobs – which became quite comical with my big BBQ mit and tongs – I think I finally got it down on the second to last kabob.

I can’t say enough about the flavor. The sweet and tangy combo of glazed kielbasa and apples were awesome! I loved the texture of the apples. They were just soft enough, but they still had crunch to them.  The glaze/kielbasa combo made me want to eat an entire plate of just that. Yum x’s 10.  I think you could pretty much put the glaze on anything and it would taste good. O.k., maybe not everything… hah!

I made wild rice as a side dish and also had a loaf of rustic European bread – fresh from the bakery.

The dinner get together was a huge success! We ended the evening with a plate of cake samples. Michelle stopped at a local bakery and got a great selection – lemon cooler cake, lady finger and choc. cake, almond cake with berries and raspberry cream torte – not sinful at all.

I love getting together with friends to share lots of laughs and a good meal.


  1. This one definitely sounds like a keeper. I would have never thought to put those particular ingredients together, yet as you were describing it, my mouth began to water…..so it must be all good.

    Good friends are wonderful…………

    Hugs, Mommers

  2. Yummy! OMG! The glaze sounds de-lish! I love pineapple, so I’d probably swap out the apple for pineapple. You really should post later in the day, because I’m always salivating after reading/seeing your post. On the other hand, I’m stuck here at work so my snack choices are limited. Probably a good thing… 🙂

  3. mmmm, grilled apples with that glaze sounds wonderful. So many possibilities!

    Your pictures and descriptions made me hungry yet again….

  4. The glaze sounds awesome! Great idea, I’ve never thought of using Kielbasa in this way, great post!

  5. Great recipe!!! Had it tonight. I added mushrooms and yellow squash. Delicious!!!!

    • Yay! Adding the mushrooms and yellow squash sounds yummy, glad you like them.

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