How to Cook Polish Dogs

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Polish dogs, also known as Polish sausages, are large sausages that can be eaten alone with toppings, or on a bun and treated like a bratwurst. Polish sausages can be cooked in a variety of ways and served with just as many different condiments, including ketchup, mustard, relish, raw onions, grilled onions, sauerkraut, fresh tomatoes, tomato/marinara sauce, or even barbecue sauce. The robust flavor of Polish dogs can be brought out or enhanced depending on which cooking method you use, and how you plan to eat it.

Things You'll Need

  • Large saucepan
  • Salt
  • 12-inch skillet with cover
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cans beer
  • Fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 small white onion
  • Pepper
  • 1 stick unsalted butter

Boiling Method

  • Pour 8 cups of water and a pinch of salt into a large saucepan. Bring the water to a boil.

  • Place the Polish dogs into the boiling water.

  • Allow the Polish dogs to boil for 10 minutes. If you have smaller sausages, only boil for five minutes. This is a simple method of cooking the dogs without changing their natural flavor.

Frying Method

  • Add 2 tbsp. olive oil into a 12-inch frying pan and heat at medium high until the pan is just smoking.

  • Add Polish dogs that have been pierced with a fork into the hot pan and sear on all sides for two minutes each.

  • Reduce the heat to low. Cover the sausages and allow them to simmer in their juices for eight minutes. This is a cooking method that will yield a sausage that is crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, which will enhance the flavor.

Poaching Method

  • Pour two cans of beer, four cloves of chopped fresh garlic, one small white onion that has been thinly sliced, 1 tsp. of salt and pepper, and a stick of unsalted butter. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Place the Polish dogs into the mixture and allow it to come to a boil again.

  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. This is a method that will completely infuse the Polish dogs with the flavor of the ingredients.

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