Dish of the Week: Cleveland’s Signature Sandwich, The Polish Boy

Grab some napkins, this is one sloppy sandwich.
Grab some napkins, this is one sloppy sandwich.

From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. Find other dishes of the week here.

This week, we’re bringing you a dish that will most definitely up your summer grill out game: The Polish Boy.

A Polish Boy is a sausage sandwich, typically made with smoked kielbasa, that is native to Cleveland, Ohio. A char-grilled kielbasa gets stuffed into a giant roll and smothered with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, hot and fresh fries, and creamy coleslaw.

The gluttonous sandwich gained national recognition at places like the now defunct Freddie’s Rib House in Cleveland – where Esquire magazine dubbed it “soul on white” – and Seti’s – which was featured on Food Network’s "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and Food & Wine’s list of “America’s Best Hot Dogs.”

Grab plenty of napkins (or some forks and knives) if you plan on serving up this jaw-stretcher. You may even want to wrap each sandwich in tin foil to help with the mess.

Polish Boy Sandwiches

Ingredients makes 4 sandwiches
For the fries: 
2 lbs potatoes, washed and peeled
Canola oil
Salt

For the sandwich:
4 smoked kielbasa links
4 good-quality hoagie rolls, split
Fries
Coleslaw (store-bought or homemade)
BBQ Sauce (store-bought or homemade)
Hot sauce, optional

Directions

To make the fries: Cut peeled potatoes into long 1/4 inch thick matchsticks, placing them in a bowl of cold water. Pour 3-4 inches of oil into a cast iron pot and heat to 275 to 300 degrees. Drain the fries and pat dry. Working in small batches, fry the potatoes until they are soft and pale, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and increase the oil to 350 to 375 degrees. Again working in small batches, add the fries and cook until crisp and golden, about 1-3 minutes. Drain on paper towel and season with salt to taste.

To make the sandwiches: Grill the kielbasa for 5-10 minutes per side until done. Place inside rolls and top with coleslaw, fries, and BBQ sauce. Add a few dashes of hot sauce if desired.


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