This is a spin on an old appetizer that I've made where you pour gingerale over sliced kielbasa and simmer until the liquid is almost gone. Now I make it a little zestier by simmering the sausage in a ginger and orange syrup mixture. —inpatskitchen
many as an appetizer
cup of thinly sliced peeled ginger root
cup granulated sugar
cup light brown sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract
kielbasa or smoked sausage thinly sliced into rounds
In a sauce pan combine the ginger, two sugars and orange juice. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes. Once simmered, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes or so to marry the flavors.
Strain the syrup. Place the sliced sausage in a medium sauce pan and pour the liquid over. Bring everything up to a boil and then down to a simmer and let simmer until the sausage is glazed and the syrup is almost gone. Watch carefully...you don't want to burn the sausage. Give everything a stir every few minutes until you get a nice glaze on the sausage. Transfer to a serving dish and pass the toothpicks!
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!