Recipe - Powerhouse Polish Sandwich
The Polish sandwich struck my interest when it first showed itself on the menu of a nearby Weinerschnitzel when I was young. Soon after, I saw a Polish hot dog at Costco and I wondered what gave these dishes their denominations. Lo and behold, the kielbasa! What a lovely sausage it is. We got our hands on some of these Polish sausages from Zeigler's Sausages (a local sausage-maker) and the ideas came slowly on what to do with them. Inspiration struck one morning as I thought about what it was that I loved kielbasa with and sauerkraut came to mind. The idea turned into a rudimentary sketch on a nearby Post-It note which became a reality once I grabbed my other ingredients which included marble rye bread from Blackmarket Bakery (local bakery) and hot and sour pickles from Pernicious Pickles (local pickling company). I also contributed my own mustard seeds, sauerkraut, and even wasabi mayo. Yum!
Step 1: Ingredients (yields 4-5 sandwiches; ingredients left over)
- 1 loaf marble rye, sliced
- 1 small red onion, sliced thinly
- 8 oz Swiss cheese, sliced
- 1 lb kielbasa (4-5 links), halved (we recommend Zeigler's Sausages)
- 8 oz garlic pickle spears (we got ones from Pernicious Pickles)
- 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut (recipe here)
- 1/2 cup pickled mustard seed (recipe here)
- 1/2 cup wasabi mayonnaise (recipe below)
Wasabi Mayonnaise (makes 1 cup)
- 3 Tbsps wasabi powder, rehydrated into paste
- 2 Tbsps garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsps ginger, minced
- 2 Tbsps rice vinegar
- 2 eggs, yolks only
- 1 cup canola oil
Step 2: Preparing ingredients
To make mayonnaise, run all mayonnaise ingredients except the oil through a food processor - then add oil slowly to allow to emulsify. It will be done when it forms stiff peaks - refrigerate immediately after. For pickled mustard seed and sauerkraut, refer to recipes linked above. For kielbasa, poach in a shallow skillet with enough water to cover the bottom; cover and simmer for 10 minutes until cooked through. Then drain water and pan fry until browned all around.
Step 4: Finishing
Toast sandwich one more time to allow second Swiss slice to melt and top of the sandwich to toast. Then enjoy!
Photography by Duc Duong.