Wednesday, June 16

Solar Kielbasa Medley Wins Over Shashlik

Solar Kielbasa, Roasted Peppers and Onion Medley
Okay. Okay. To clear it up, I KNOW I said I was going to make some Shashlik today but, to my surprise, there was no lamb to be found in the freezer! this combination popped into my head and, although it could loosely be called a deconstructed Shashlik kabob, that would really be stretching that definition.

So, a Medley it is and a wonderful combination of flavors that makes this a fantastic summer meal that dances on the tongue. Firm and snappy Kielbasa, crisp but softened peppers and onion, a touch of fruity sweetness over a great liquid-absorbing rice that is just plain yummy. Best of all, it's soooo easy to
 make. Garden fresh lettuce, green onions and crunchy broccoli stems make a great companion salad for this refreshing dinner.

Directions:  In your largest bowl, combine 1-lb Kielbasa cut into one-inch coins; one each, seeded and sliced lengthwise sweet red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper, orange peppers, banana pepper; one Vidalia onion, sliced in rounds and separated. Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil with 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup pineapple chunks, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 teaspoon mild curry, 1/2 teaspoon tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon stevia -- and it's done! Gently stir mixture to evenly coat all ingredients with herbs and spices. Pour into casserole dish.

Preheat solar oven for twenty minutes. Seal with casserole cover, tin foil, or oven bag, during baking. If using tin foil, remember to create a small ditch around the inside of the casserole dish to keep moisture inside and help prevent boil-overs.

This pan was filled to capacity and took a little over 90 minutes in the solar oven at 300F. (7500 BTUs - FREE) When done, the Kielbasa will 'snap' when bitten into and the vegetables will be soft without being limp. Best yet, at the end of the cooking period, there'll be a small amount of delicious au jus in the bottom of the dish.

I used Arborio rice cooked with chicken stock as a base so that we could enjoy the juices, as well. Colorful, isn't it, and just right for a holiday party.  Hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think.


  1. I make something similar to that but have never heard of Shashlik before. I need to get out more often. Looks good!

  2. At first I thought it was over sauerkraut (appealing to my eastern european background) but rice sounds good too!

  3. Looks like something I would toss together when I can´t decide what to have :-) But You use better spices :-)
    Have a great day now!

  4. Yummy! Solar or not, this recipe sounds fantastic!

    I'm fascinated by your blog, and look forward to getting to know you!

  5. @Lori - Once you try it, you'll love it -- and it's all on a stick!

    @Christina - Wow! I never thought of sauerkraut but will definitely give it a try. (Have you ever tried barbecued sauerkraut? Real hard keeping it on a spit! 8-] Sorry. Couldn't resist. But, it's delicious.)

    @Christer - That could be if you were using your own home-grown peppers; but, over here, the various colored peppers can cost up to $4.99 each, making this dish pretty expensive for a group of four or more people.Using just plain green bell peppers would bring the price way down.

    @Natalie - Welcome! Hope you'll visit often and share your thoughts and ideas!

  6. That looks mouth watering! By the way I love your blog's new look :)

  7. you officially have me excited about going grocery shopping saturday! lol and what i love about your recipes is that i can easily tweak them to make them vegan. love it!

  8. Thanks, Sarah!

    Alabaster Cow - I'm so glad! Don't want you to not enjoy at least something that I fix...enjoy your shopping...let me know what you make...

  9. Another recipe I want to make. Your recipes are so interesting, and then to cook them all in the solar cooker just means they're even better.

  10. I love onions and peppers, but I ADORE kielbasa!

  11. The kielbasa looks pretty good to me. I think its great stuff, and your dish is so colorful and tempting!

  12. Terria - Put it on your list, for are going to love how easy it is and how fantastic it tastes!

    Liz - Then, you don't want to be at the same counter with me when there's only one package left! I'm gonna win...because I adore it, too, and I'm older than you, which means I loved it longer -- so, it's MINE!!!! Thanks for stopping by...come back, often...

    Pokebery Mary - Thanks for stopping's a great dish for company because it's so for the kielbasa, see above answer to Liz...I'll take on anybody for kielbasa...come back, when you can...


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