One of my family’s favorite meals to eat at home or when we’re camping is a sheet pan shrimp boil-style dinner. I spread raw shrimp, turkey kielbasa, diced cooked potatoes (sometimes canned, sometimes fresh and boiled), and corn (frozen corn off the cob, for the people in the house with braces) on a large rimmed baking sheet. I sprinkle it with fresh minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Just before popping the tray in the oven, I drizzle it all with a good amount of melted butter. I bake it until the shrimp are fully cooked.
This meal is always a crowd pleaser and there are almost never any leftovers. It satisfies even the more picky eaters. It’s such a good meal that I even make a modified version when we go tent camping. I use pre-cooked shrimp and portion all the ingredients into individual foil packets so we can heat dinner on a grill or over campfire coals. It always hits the spot after a long day spent adventuring outdoors.
Whenever I make this sheet pan dinner, I always use turkey polska kielbasa from Aldi. Polska kielbasa translates to Polish sausage. Kielbasa can feature different types of meats such as pork or veal, and this one is made with turkey. Aldi sells some other kinds of sausage that would work in my sheet pan dinner, including a smoked beef sausage, but I like that this kielbasa is made from turkey, which seems like a healthier choice.
Parkview Turkey Polska Kielbasa cost $3.45 for a 13-ounce package at the time of publication.
This is a Regular Buy, so you should be able to find it at Aldi all year.
Parkview is not a company. It is the private label Aldi uses for various hot dog and sausage products such as breakfast sausage links, jumbo franks, beef franks, and more.
This kielbasa will last a while unopened in the fridge. The package I purchased in January of 2023 had a use-by date of April of 2023. You can also freeze these if you want to make them last longer. Just give them some time to thaw in the fridge before heating them as you normally would.
Ingredients are poultry ingredients (turkey, mechanically separated turkey), water, corn syrup, and 2% or less of salt, spices including paprika, modified food starch, natural flavors, oat fiber, dextrose, sodium phosphates, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, and collagen casing.
One package contains about seven servings. A 2-ounce serving has 90 calories, 5 grams of total fat (6% DV), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (7% DV), 500 mg of sodium (22% DV), 5 grams of total carbohydrates (2% DV), and 1 gram of added sugars (2% DV).
This is already fully cooked and hardwood smoked, so all you need to do is reheat it before serving. The package includes simple cooking instructions: add the sausage to 2-3 inches of boiling water on the stovetop. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until thoroughly heated.
Of course, you can always add it to recipes and heat it however your recipe directs you to as well, which is what I do with my sheet pan dinner. I simply heat the sausage in the oven with all the rest of the meal.
The package also recommends that for children younger than 5 years of age, you should cut the sausage lengthwise and then slice it, since this and other round or hot dog-shaped foods may pose a choking risk.
There are a variety of ways you can serve this sausage, and it’s always good. I like to toss some of this sliced sausage in the slow cooker with some green beans, potatoes, a little chicken broth, and some pepper, then serve it all with some cornbread. Or sometimes I make red beans and rice using an Aldi boxed and add some of this sausage. You can also slice this and heat it in a skillet with some sliced peppers and onions. There are many possibilities. If you have a favorite way to serve this kielbasa, feel free to share it in the comments.
Parkview Turkey Polska Kielbasa is one of my favorite things to buy at Aldi for sheet pan dinners or to add to rice and bean dishes. It’s also good served with grilled or sautéed veggies. I appreciate that it’s made with turkey and feels a little healthier than some other sausages out there. It’s worth picking up if you need sausage for a recipe.
I slice it and add it to a box of red beans and rice (from Aldi of course).
Another recipe: start cooking a box of wild and white rice (from Aldi). Slice the sausage and brown it along with brussel sprouts in butter or olive oil. Then add the cooked rice and mix it all with some more butter/oil.
I always keep a package of that sausage in the fridge. I wish they had a reduced sodium version.
Photo: sausage, brussel sprouts and wild rice.
How salty is it? We love turkey kielbasa, but recently purchased some Butterball brand that was outrageously salty. I’m going to use the 2nd link in a sausage/bean/kale soup in the hopes that the soup will leach some of the saltiness out.
No one I’ve served it to has ever complained about it being too salty. It tastes just right to us.