One of my favorite recipes is a dish that my mom always used to make in the summer – a kielbasa pineapple bake with tons of brown sugar. It’s so quick and easy to make, and it’s pretty flavorful. I don’t even like pineapple and I eat this happily. 🙂
Our close friends just welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world, and I prepared this dish to take to their house. New parents = need mucho food. Plus, they ate it at our house once before and asked for the recipe, so I knew they’d eat it/it wouldn’t kill them. (I don’t like when I can’t taste test food as I prepare it – raw meat and all – cause then I get nervous about how it’ll turn out. *le sigh*).
I also needed an excuse to go cuddle with the little bundle of joy, and it’s what, bad manners or something, to turn up empty handed and demand to hold a newborn. ha.
- Polka Kielbasa – 1 package
- 20 oz can of chunked pineapple (save the juice)
- 2 cups of light brown sugar
- 1 cup of dark brown sugar
- Baking Dish
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice kielbasa into small, round pieces, and place in large mixing bowl. Make as thick or thin as you like! I like them on the thin side, so they brown nicely and the edges get all curly/crispy in the oven.
- Add the entire can of pineapple – juice included – to the mixing bowl.
- Add your brown sugar.
- Stir, stir, stir, until everything is well-coated. The casserole should have a nice brown color to it, and the pineapple syrup should be sticky and thick. If it’s too runny, add more brown sugar. You really can’t add too much! It’ll just make the end result sweeter.
- Grease a glass baking dish. I used a 13 by 9 pan.
- Pour the mixture into the dish. Clean up any spills on the edges, as they will burn first.
- Bake for approximately a half hour, uncovered, until the liquid has caramelized a bit and the kielbasa pieces brown. I sometimes go up to 45 minutes, but less than an hour.
- Serve warm. Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop.
And as a bonus, look at this adorable picture of my new favorite baby in the entire world:
Sweet baby Jesus. The feels.