The Polish Boy!
The Polish Boy Sandwich originated in Cleveland and it is one of the most popular ballgame sandwiches of all time! There are not many references as to who originally created the Polish Boy, but nearly every hot dog stand, burger joint and sandwich shop in Cleveland offers the Polish Boy on the menu.
A Cleveland Browns fan that tries to describe a Polish Boy Sandwiches might say something like, "Well, what you got here is every basic healthy daily nutritional requirement, like lots of sausage, slaw and potatoes ... all wrapped up together as one on a toasted roll!" Hardcore ballgame snack fans sure do have opinionated definition of what healthy food is!
A Polish Boy Sandwich is a big roasted kielbasa sausage with cole slaw and french fries on a hoagie sandwich roll with BBQ sauce or hot sauce. Fresh Kielbasa can be used, but most folks prefer Smoked Kielbasa for this sandwich. Obviously, fresh cut old fashioned French Fries are the best choice for this sandwich. Mayonnaise style cabbage slaw is traditional, but some folks prefer a fancier slaw.
BBQ sauce is more popular than hot sauce for topping off a Polish Boy Sandwich, but because Sriracha is so popular these days, nearly every street food vender now offers this thick mild red pepper sauce. Sriracha is perfect for topping off a Polish Boy Sandwich!
Pepper Vegetable Slaw:
This recipe yields enough slaw for 2 Polish Boy Sandwiches.
Step 1: Place 3/4 cup of julienne sliced green bell pepper in a mixing bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of julienne sliced roasted red bell pepper.
Add 1/4 cup of julienne sliced carrot.
Add 1/4 cup of julienne sliced celery.
Add 1/4 cup of julienne sliced sweet vidalia onion.
Add 1 very thin sliced green onion.
Step 2: Add 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
Add 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard.
Add 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar.
Add 2 tablespoons of milk.
Add 1 pinch of ground celery seed.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Step 3: Mix the ingredients together.
Chill the Pepper Vegetable Slaw for 30 minutes.
Mix the slaw ingredients one more time before serving.
This recipe yields enough for 1 sandwich.
Cut a "10" to 12" long piece of Smoked Kielbasa Sausage.
Cut evenly spaced shallow score marks across one side of the kielbasa.
Place the kielbasa on a roasting pan that is lightly brushed with vegetable oil.
Roast the kielbasa in a 350ºF oven till it is lightly browned.
Keep the roasted kielbasa warm on a stove top.
This recipe yields more than enough fries for 1 sandwich.
Step 1: Heat 6" of vegetable frying oil in a high sided pot to 360ºF.
Step 2: Cut a large russet potato lengthwise into 1/4" thick sticks.
Step 3: Place a few of potato sticks in the hot frying oil at a time to reduce foaming.
Briefly fry the potato sticks for about 30 seconds, till they are just blanched and they are still a white color.
Use a fryer net to place the fries on a wire screen roasting rack.
Let the blanched french fries cool.
Step 4: Place the blanched french fries in the hot oil a second time.
Deep fry till the French Fries are crispy golden brown.
Step 5: Use a fryer net to place the fries on a wire screen roasting rack to drain off any excess oil.
Season the fries with sea salt.
Keep the french fries warm on a stove top.
Cleveland Polish Boy:
This recipe yields 1 big sandwich!
Step 1: Split a 10" to 12" long hoagie sandwich roll open.
Lightly toast the roll in a 350ºF oven.
Step 2: Spread a generous amount of the Pepper Vegetable Slaw on the toasted roll.
Place a generous amount of french fries on the slaw.
Place the roasted smoked kielbasa on top of the fries.
Step 3: Use a plastic squirt bottle to paint BBQ sauce or Sriracha Hot Sauce on the sandwich.
Serve it up!
A Cleveland Polish Boy is an awesome ballgame munch!