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This tastes incredible, definitely making it again!

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Kielbasa Bites

Introduction

Chilly weather calls for comfort food that warms the soul without adding too much to your to-do list. Enter these Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Kielbasa Bites, born out of my love for cozy gatherings and easy, flavorful recipes. This dish is perfect for family get-togethers, game day spreads, or even just a fun weeknight treat. The blend of sweet honey with tangy mustard creates a mouthwatering glaze that makes these kielbasa bites simply irresistible.

These honey mustard kielbasa bites are delightful on their own or served as a hearty appetizer. For a more filling option, I like to pair them with some creamy mashed potatoes or a crisp green salad. They also go wonderfully with steamed rice or buttered noodles to soak up that delicious sauce. If you’re in the mood for a bit of festive flair, skewer them with toothpicks and sprinkle with a little parsley before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Honey Mustard Mixture

  1. Combine honey, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, minced garlic, soy sauce, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until well blended to create a smooth and cohesive sauce.

Step 2: Arrange the Kielbasa in the Slow Cooker

  1. Place the sliced kielbasa in the slow cooker, spreading them out evenly.

Step 3: Coat the Kielbasa

  1. Pour the honey mustard mixture over the kielbasa slices, ensuring they are evenly coated with the sauce.

Step 4: Slow Cook the Kielbasa

  1. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. Stir occasionally to re-coat the kielbasa with the sauce and ensure even cooking.

Step 5: Final Touches

  1. Once done, give the kielbasa a final stir to ensure they are well coated with the delicious sauce before serving.

Variations & Tips

Spice it Up

  • Add Zest: Mix in a teaspoon of sriracha or hot sauce to the honey mustard mixture for an extra kick.
  • Smoky Flavor: A teaspoon of smoked paprika can add a wonderful smoky twist to the dish.
  • More Garlic: For those who love garlic, doubling the garlic quantity will enhance the flavor.
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Texture Enhancements

  • Toasted Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds over the kielbasa before serving for added texture.
  • Garnish: Skewer with toothpicks and sprinkle with a little parsley for a festive flair.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: Approximately 4-5 pieces
  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 10g

FAQs

What type of kielbasa should I use?

You can use any type of kielbasa sausage, such as pork, beef, or turkey. Choose your favorite based on your dietary preferences or what’s available.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the honey mustard mixture and slice the kielbasa the day before. Store them separately in the refrigerator and combine them in the slow cooker when ready to cook.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.

Can I cook this on high?

Yes, you can cook the kielbasa bites on high for 2 hours if you’re short on time. Make sure to stir occasionally for even cooking.

What can I serve with these kielbasa bites?

These bites are versatile and pair well with creamy mashed potatoes, steamed rice, buttered noodles, or a fresh green salad.

Conclusion

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Kielbasa Bites are the perfect addition to any meal, whether it’s a casual family dinner or a lively game day gathering. The combination of sweet honey, tangy mustard, and savory kielbasa creates a dish that’s sure to become a favorite. With simple preparation and a slow cooker doing most of the work, you can enjoy a delicious, comforting meal without the fuss. Enjoy!