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Fall is in the air and I am celebrating all its goodness today. We’re celebrating Oktoberfest by inviting a group of close friends over to enjoy some Beer-Braised Kielbasa With Harvest Vegetables. This hearty dish is made with Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa. For those of you not familiar, Oktoberfest is traditional German autumn festival held in Munich, Germany, every October that features beer-drinking and merrymaking.
I’ll be honest, I have not ONE ounce of German in my blood, but that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate this festive fall celebration! In fact, I love to find lots of reasons to celebrate with family and friends and Oktoberfest is one of them! My Beer-Braised Kielbasa With Harvest Vegetables is very easy to make. It can also be cooked on the grill (like I did) or in the oven too.
I am also celebrating #OktoberOnTheFarm. Since I live on a large 700 fruit and vegetable farm, I am so fortunate to surrounded by our wonderful home-grown fruits and vegetables. I made sure I added a lot of the delicious harvest vegetables (like apples, brussels sprouts, yams and cauliflower) that we grow. All these flavors melded together to create one delicious Oktoberfest recipe.
The Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa takes center stage in this recipe. This may sound odd, but kielbasa has been a part of my life since a young age. Chalk it up to my mom’s eastern European roots, kielbasa always makes an appearance in some way at any holiday celebration.
Did I mention the simplicity of this dish? I think I did but I am going to mention it once again…..this dish is so simple to make. Slice one package of Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa. Add it to a disposable aluminum pan along with the chopped vegetables and season accordingly.
Now it’s time to head outside to cook this Beer-Braised Kielbasa With Harvest Vegetables the grill. Pour about six ounces of your favorite beer over the kielbasa and vegetables and let the grill do the work. I’m an all-season griller but if you are a fair-weathered friend and hate the cold, just pop in in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes.
This is the end result – perfect for an Oktoberfest celebration or fall party. Not a fan of beer, or want to serve this to your family for dinner? That’s OK, make it without by simply adding some vegetable broth to the pan instead.
Here are some fun ideas to set the mood for your Oktoberfest party:
- Pumpkins and gourds are in season – use them to decorate your area. Highlight nature’s bounty by displaying their beauty.
- Have a beer tasting.
- Play some Bavarian music or Polkas. That will really set the mood.
- Serve other traditional German foods and desserts.
- Use Oktoberfest party supplies. Or, if you a really crafty, make your own Bavarian banners, signs and custom beer labels.
- Make table centerpieces using beer steins as a vase.
Do you have an Oktoberfest celebration at your house? What are some ways you like to celebrate? Leave me a message in the comments below. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this hearty Beer-Braised Kielbasa With Harvest Vegetables. Prost!
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You can find Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa in the refrigerated section, along with the other ingredients needed for this recipe at WalMart.
- 1 package Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa
- 1 cup brussels sprouts halved
- 1 cup of cauliflower
- 1 parsnip diced
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 1 apple peeled and roughly diced
- 1 yam or sweet potato diced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 6 ounces beer
- Preheat grill or oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice one package of Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa and add to a disposable aluminum pan.
- Slice up the remaining vegetables and add to the pan. Then, add the diced apple.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle oil over everything and toss to incorporate.
- Cover loosely and place pan on the grill or in oven and add six ounces of beer. *Note: for an alcohol-free recipe, substitute vegetable stock.
- Stir occasionally.
- Remove when vegetables are tender.