A type of sausage that is made with processes and ingredients typical of those used to make Poland's "kielbasa" (sausage). It may consist of coarsely chopped pork or a combination of coarsely chopped pork and finely chopped beef, seasoned with garlic, pepper, nutmeg, and possibly mace. The ingredients are mixed thoroughly, packed in a casing, dried, and then smoke-cured. The Polish sausage available in many food stores today may range from bratwurst that is 7 inches long to a ring of sausage that is almost 24 inches long. Precooked Polish sausage can be served as an appetizer or mixed into other food ingredients, while other non-cooked varieties require cooking on a grill or in an oven before serving.
There are many different types sausage available. They are made from fresh ground pork, seasonings, fat, preservatives, and fillers, such as breadcrumbs, rice, cereal, soybean flour, and dried milk solids.