Outdoor Entertaining

Dockside dining at the BBQ

Dockside dining at the BBQ

We were recently invited to an outdoor appetizer party with an international theme.  After a busy day of boating, I knew I needed a super simple-to-prepare recipe that was also super satisfying for ravenous appetites.


Recognizing a pot luck style event would draw various chips and dips, crackers and cheese, crock pots and chilled treats, I opted for something off the grill… kielbasa.  Check out this Super Easy and FREE recipe:


Super Simple Kielbasa

1 link kielbasa, grilled until browned nicely on all sides

Mustard, such as cranberry mustard or Dijon

Apple butter

Slice hot kielbasa into bite-sized pieces and serve with your savory (mustard) and sweet (apple butter) dips in small bowls.

Kiss Lips croppedKISS Tip:  You can grill ahead of time and simply warm the cut pieces up in a microwave at serving time.

A recipe really can’t get much more simple than this.  We really like serving the kielbasa with two different dips, so guests can choose between one that is savory and one that is sweet.  Straight up Dijon mustard is a pleasing savory option.  A jar of apple butter delivers a most satisfying sweet treat as a zesty sausage dip.  You can keep them that Super Simple or opt for some twists.  For example, in your apple butter, stir in some freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese.  Into the mustard, stir some whole cranberry sauce.  How much, you may ask?  I only add about ¼ to 1/3 as much of my “additions” as I have of the main ingredient, but go by your own taste preferences.

We love including free recipes for you for being our blog readers.

Super Simple Kielbasa is one of the many recipes available in my “Serve with Champagne” recipe collection in Champagne!  Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun.  It was also featured in Dockside Dining: A Second Helping.  Look for all the Super Simple cookbooks on Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and other sites in both eBook digital and paperback formats.


To whet your appetite, here’s a list of the recipes included in the “Serve with Champagne” collection:

Champagne and Cheese

Decadent and Delicious Champagne Pairings

  • Caviar
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Foie Gras
  • Fruit
  • Lobster
  • Mushrooms
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Strawberries
  • Sushi
  • Tarts

Champagne Brunch

  • Apple Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie
  • Asparagus Ham Puff Pancake
  • Seared Peach Pancakes
  • Nutty Citrus Berry Parfaits
  • Super Simple Eggs Benedict
  • Hollandaise Sauce
  • Spaghetti Squash Frittata
  • Mini Sausage Cheese Muffins

Choice Cheese

  • Super Simple Baked Brie
  • Cheese and Fruit Tray
  • 1970’s Cheese Fondue
  • Super Simple Open-Faced Poppers
  • Tomato Quiche Tartlets
  • Mini Cheese Melts

Delightful Dips

  • Baked Bacon Dip
  • Hot Broccoli Dip
  • Warm Lobster Dip
  • Mushroom Bacon Dip
  • Dijon Party Dip
  • Zippy Cheese Spinach Dip

Fabulous Fruits

  • Marinated Grapes
  • Pistachio Cheese Stuffed Apricots
  • Fried Bananas
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Stuffed Cantaloupe
  • Chili Toasted Coconut Strips
  • Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Mouthwatering Meats

  • Caramelized Beef Kebabs
  • Baby Beef Wellingtons
  • Mushroom Blue Cheese Sliders
  • Super Simple Taco Quesadilla Wedges
  • Super Simple Dijon Sausages
  • Super Simple Kielbasa
  • Pork Won Tons
  • KISS Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
  • Pepperoni Bread
  • Ham Balls
  • Cheesy Bacon Bites
  • KISS BLT Bites

Poultry Pairings

  • Savory Chicken Tenders
  • Super Simple Teriyaki Tenders
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Super Simple Chicken Chutney Bites
  • Cashewed Chicken Strips
  • Mini Chicken Caesars
  • Ginger Chicken Rumaki
  • Sauced Crunchy Chicken Bites

Sensational Seafood

  • Super Simple Salt and Pepper Shrimp
  • Super Simple Baked Clams
  • Crabby Cocktail
  • Cocktail Sauce
  • Crab Fritters
  • Lemon Mayonnaise
  • KISS Lobster Quesadillas
  • Steamed Mussels
  • Enlightened Coconut Shrimp
  • KISS Piña Colada Sauce
  • Shrimp Cakes


Super Snacks

  • Fresh Tortilla Chips
  • Super Simple Hot and Spicy Peanuts
  • Super Simple Roasted Pecans
  • Super Simple Sugared Walnut Crisps

Super Simple Instant Pairings

  • Sweet
  • Salty
  • Savory


Various Vegetables

  • Open-Faced Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Artichoke Parmesan Crostini
  • Easy Eggplant Caviar
  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Super Simple Onion Crisped Veggies

Snag your copy of Champagne!  Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun from Amazon.com.  Enjoy… with love and laughter.



About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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