Two Ingredients? Crock Pot? Kielbasa bites? This can't be for real...is this for real?
Yup. It's for real.
That is seriously all it takes to make this Laferriere family, no frills, seriously snacky, staple appetizer. Staple because there legitimately is not a family get together that this is not served. It is so American-French Canadian, it is glorious. 'Emotional food heaven' that carries the laughter of family get togethers with each bite.
Football = Snacks
Totally not going to lie, not even a little bit. Football? I am solely there for the food.
Having given it a solid effort to understand and appreciate the game, I am hanging up my hat. There's just no spark. Baseball? Positively my favorite....the most boring game is my favorite. (I quietly wonder what that say about me.) I'm down with hockey, basketball, and the sounds of a cheering crowd in a far away soccer stadium are a Sunday morning tradition in this family. But American football is just not my thing.
Is it your thing? I love you. I want to be you. It looks like so much fun. Have fun for me, please?
What is my thing? Snacks.
Comfort food, picky, dippable, not always healthy, usually gooey snacks. They're good to make and even easier to eat. So while there are touchdowns and field goals going on, I'll be at the buffet. Come join me, I will show you where they're hiding all the good stuff.
Tradition is delicious
There are a handful of dishes that are always at our family gatherings. We are creatures of habit. Tourtiere (pork pie), my mom's Asian-style Coleslaw, and Kielbasa bites. Or "kielbasi" as my mother-in-law calls it, which I adore.
Even if you grew up in a culinarily challenged family, everyone has their go to dish. This, is ours. Even better? There are only two ingredients. And you can pretty much set it and [almost completely] forget it. Let me introduce Kielbasa bites. It's a little bit Polish with an Asian flair, made by French Canadian transplants in New England.
Confused? Don't be. Just let it happen.
Slice up your kielbasa ¼" to ½" slices. You don't want it super thin, but thin enough it will get just a little crispy in the slow cooker. Throw the kielbasa and one jar of Ah-So sauce in a slow cooker. Cook for three hours.
Hey! You're done. Go watch the game. Go eat snacks. Do both or do either.
Everyone's taste buds win.
Two Ingredient Crock Pot Kielbasa Bites
- 2 pounds Polish Kielbasa we use the Hillshire Farm brand
- 1 11-ounce jar Ah-So Chinese Style Sauce
- Slice kielbasa into ¼" to ½" rounds.
- Add kielbasa and Ah-So sauce to crock pot. Stir to coat kielbasa with sauce.
- Cook on high for three hours, stirring once an hour.