Grilled Kielbasa Ring with Sauerkraut


The classic combination of grilled kielbasa and sauerkraut fits neatly into a hollowed loaf that has been toasted until crisp.


  • 1 loaf round rustic bread, halved crosswise

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ring kielbasa (about 1 pound), top scored in 1-inch increments

  • 3 tablespoons hot, spicy Bavarian-style or horseradish mustard

  • 2 cups best-quality jarred sauerkraut, drained and rinsed


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high (if you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds). Using your hands, remove about 1/2 cup bread from each side of the loaf. Brush hollowed-out sides of bread with oil.

  2. Grill kielbasa, flipping once, until browned and heated through, 8 to 10 minutes. Grill bread, flipping once, until lightly marked by grill, about 3 minutes.

  3. Transfer kielbasa and bread to a cutting board. Halve kielbasa crosswise. Spread hollowed-out sides of bread with mustard; top each with half of the sauerkraut and a halved kielbasa ring. Cut each into 4 wedges. Serve immediately.

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