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kielbasa

Pronunciation: [kihl-BAH-sah; keel-BAH-sah]

Also called kielbasy or Polish sausage, this smoked sausage is usually made of pork, though beef can be added. It comes in chunky (about 2 inches in diameter) links and is usually sold precooked and, sometimes, fresh. Kielbasa can be served separately or cut into pieces as part of a dish. Even the precooked kielbasa tastes better when heated.