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Pomegranate Glazed Sausage Bits

Rice and Gravy
Southern Green Beans

This is what happens when you let your 13 year old son plan the Sunday dinner menu. I asked him to plan a menu that his father and sisters would enjoy after a weekend in Wisconsin for a basketball tournament.  Without hesitation, he declared fried chicken to be the main course.  We all love fried chicken, but why do I have a feeling that he was thinking of his own appetite when planning the menu?  That's o.k.  It really has been quite some time since I fried up a batch of that southern specialty.  But since I had a bit of pomegranate juice that needed to be used up, I took charge of the appetizer.

Three ingredients (well, 4-5 if you include the hot sauce and crackers) and 10 minutes is all you need for a simple, but very flavorful starter to a meal or snack with cocktails.  It is sliced kielbasa that is glazed in a reduced syrup of pomegranate juice and ketchup (just one tablespoon). 

Serve them by themselves with toothpicks or place them atop your favorite cracker (Ritz is a good pairing). Serve them as a starter to your meal, as a snack with cocktails, or bring them to a game day party for a nice alternative to the regular mini meatballs or little smokies. Hit those meaty coins with dash or two of Tabasco and I guarantee this recipe will be filed in the "hit" category.

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Pomegranate Glazed Sausage Bits
serves 8-10

13 ounce link of kielbasa, cut into 1/3-inch thick slices (yields about 42 slices)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 Tablespoon ketchup
Tabasco to taste, plus extra for serving

Ritz crackers

In a medium skillet, bring the pomegrante juice, ketchup, and a dash of Tabasco to a boil.  Boil for 2-3 minutes or until it becomes syrupy.  Add the sausage slices to the sauce and cook over high heat, turning the slices occasionally, until the mixture reduces almost completely and coats the sausage, about 2-3 minutes.  Serve with toothpicks or on top of Ritz crackers.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Fast Food My Way, Jacques Pepin


  1. This is a unique and tasty dish. I never thought pomegranate could be used in cooking this way. Love it!

  2. This sounds like a delicious glaze for the sausage. Love the idea of serving them atop the Ritz crackers too!

  3. I made these tonight for our Super Bowl party and they were a HUGE hit. Actually I doubled the recipe and all of the sausages were gone. Also, eating one on a Ritz was really a good add. Thanks for the recipe, definitely a keeper for me!

    1. Laura-
      So pleased you and your guests enjoyed the recipe. I love them on the Ritz!

  4. i tried this pomegranate sauce with sauteed mushrooms and minced garlic. unexpectedly delicious! thanks!

  5. This sauce is simple and delicious - I served the kielbasa over plain white rice and it was so good... kids even loved it.

  6. Oh my goodness your recipes are Beautiful! Saw your listings on FOODIE and so glad we did. Looking forward to trying many of your recipes as well.


  7. I have made this recipe every year for our Christmas party that we throw annually and it is always a big hit. One thing to note though, it takes me waaaaayyy longer than a few mins of simmering to get the pomegranate ketchup tobacco to get syrupy. I usually end up simmering for close to half an hour, so allow yourself some time. Also, I double the recipe so that would explain some of the extended time.


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