Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon

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Dive into the delightful flavors of Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon, a tantalizing appetizer that combines succulent kielbasa sausage slices with a rich, fruity, and slightly spicy glaze. Ideal for ringing in the New Year or adding a touch of gourmet to any festive gathering, this simple recipe promises big flavor with minimal effort.

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Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon

Ingredients & Flavor Twists

  • Kielbasa: This lightly smoked, pre-cooked sausage lends a robust flavor to the dish. Feel free to experiment with other types of sausage, such as Andouille for a Creole twist or a leaner turkey sausage for a lighter option.
  • Apricot Preserves: The thick, fruity preserves form the base of the glaze, adding depth and sweetness. Apricot jam can also be used as a substitute.
  • Chili Sauce: A condiment with a bit more zing than ketchup, chili sauce adds a subtle heat that complements the sweetness of the preserves.
  • Bourbon: A splash of bourbon cuts through the sweetness and adds a rich, complex flavor to the glaze. Brandy or rum can serve as alternatives, or the alcohol can be omitted for a non-alcoholic version.

Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon

Alternative Cooking Methods

  1. Oven Method: Combine the ingredients in a baking dish and bake at 400°F (200°C) for 25-30 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally to ensure even glazing.
  2. Stovetop Method: For a quicker option, combine the ingredients in a skillet and warm over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover Glazed Kielbasa Bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat gently before serving to preserve the texture and flavor of the sausage.

Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon

Ingredients for a Flavorful Appetizer

  • 2 rings (14 ounces [397g] each) kielbasa or smoked sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ¼ cups (400g) apricot preserves
  • 1 jar (12 ounces [340g]) chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) bourbon

Easy Preparation Steps

  1. Place the sliced kielbasa in the slow cooker.
  2. Top with apricot preserves, chili sauce, and bourbon, ensuring the kielbasa is well-coated.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours until the kielbasa bites are heated through and the glaze has thickened.
  4. Serve the Glazed Kielbasa Bites warm, directly from the crockpot, or transfer to a serving dish for guests to enjoy.

Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon offer a delightful blend of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, making them an irresistible addition to any festive menu. Easy to prepare and sure to please, this appetizer is a must-try for any occasion that calls for a touch of indulgence.

Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites with Bourbon

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