This super easy kielbasa appetizer is made with just 3 main ingredients and can be made in about 10 minutes. An AMAZING party appetizer, perfect for game day, barbecues, picnics, potlucks, or easy snacking.
These kielbasa bites are my go-to appetizer recipe whenever I get invited to someone's house and feel like I have to bring something. They are SO GOOD, with a little of that sweet and salty flavor combination, and SO SNACKABLE because they are bite-sized and fun to eat.
Sauce for kielbasa bites
The sauce for this kielbasa appetizer is made from 2 simple main ingredients: peach preserves and chili paste. There's no need to go super fancy with the peach preserves, these peach preserves from Smuckers will do.
As for chili paste, I highly recommend the Thai Kitchen one (get it here) because I can vouch for it being flavorful, tasty, and not too spicy. It adds a nice flavor and warmth, but doesn't burn your mouth with spice.
Another option to give this kielbasa appetizer some heat is to add in some spicy jelly, such as this hot pepper jelly.
If you are feeling fancy and you have Worcestershire sauce on hand, you can add a tablespoon of that too, for just a little extra umami, but it is not necessary. Get Worcestershire sauce here.
I used 3/4 cup peach preserves and 2 tablespoons of chili paste for this recipe, but you can certainly use more chili paste, or stir in red pepper flakes if you want more spice.
If you don't have peach preserves on hand, you can use grape jelly, apricot jelly, or apricot preserves. I wouldn't recommend strawberry jam or blueberry preserves, I feel like that would be super weird... but if you try that, please let me know!
You can mix the sauce for these kielbasa bites right in the saucepan where you'll be cooking the kielbasa, so this easy appetizer recipe requires minimal prep and clean up.
Save any extra sauce for dipping!
For this recipe, make sure you have cooked kielbasa, since the recipe only requires about 5 minutes of cooking time - just enough to heat up the kielbasa and coat it in the sauce, but not enough to cook meat. So make sure the packaging says that the kielbasa is fully cooked - avoid "fresh kielbasa" because that is typically uncooked.
You can use beef or pork kielbasa, or a combination of both meats. Pre-cooked smoked sausage (such as Eckrich Smoked Sausage) would work too.
I found that it really doesn't matter for this recipe because the recipe is really all about the delicious sauce. As long as it's meaty, it will work.
Kielbasa bites as an appetizer or dinner
This easy kielbasa recipe is GREAT as an appetizer because it's so snackable and easy to eat with toothpicks. But it also make a great dinner recipe. The extra sauce can be spooned over rice and steamed or roasted vegetables, making it a complete meal.
So make a double batch of these kielbasa bites - bring have to the party, and eat the other half the next day for an easy dinner!
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- 1 lb cooked kielbasa, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3/4 cup peach preserves
- 2 tablespoons chili paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1. In a medium saucepan, stir together the peach preserves, chili paste, and Worcestershire sauce, if using. Heat the sauce mixture over medium heat and add the sliced kielbasa. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the kielbasa is heated through, stirring frequently to coat the kielbasa in the sauce.
2. Serve warm as an appetizer or part of your dinner. Use any extra sauce for dipping!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 853mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 7g
The nutritional information displayed is an estimate assuming 8 servings, and will vary depending on the actual ingredients and brands used and the exact amounts used. Please consult with a dietitian or nutritionist if you are actually tracking nutritional information for health reasons.