An almost instant party bite—think of thIs quick canape as mini pierogies with a smoky sidekick. It’s a perfect marriage of creamy and savory. The drizzle of smoky paprika oil adds a subtle, smoky bacon taste—consider adding a little cayenne pepper if you prefer a more fiery experience.

We also used this oil as an accent in the recipe for Creamy Mushroom Soup. Think about also drizzling over grilled fish or chicken tenders, or mixed into salsa.

The very best place in NYC to get kielbasa, is the East Village Meat Market & Deli, on 139 Second Avenue near 9th St. They also ship during the colder months of the year. In this recipe, we chose the double-smoked. Speaking of smoky things, you can see more recipes in the Smoky Party theme on this site, and get more party ideas to make you look like a rock-star host.

MAKES ONE BITE FOR EVERY TORTELLINI & ABOUT 1/4 CUP OF THE SMOKY PAPRIKA OIL

BOIL THE TORTELLINI

1 bag tortellini

Cook according to directions. Drain.

FRY THE KIELBASA

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While tortellini is boiling, cut kielbasa into 1-inch rounds. Slice the round into 4 triangles. Cook in hot skillet till edges are brown.

MAKE THE SMOKY PAPRIKA OIL

1/4 CUP olive oil
1 tsp Hungarian smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
cayenne pepper, to taste, if desired

Whisk ingredients in a small bowl. (To keep: Store in small jar or squirt bottle, use up to 2 weeks.)

ASSEMBLE THE BITES

arugula
cooked tortellini
fried kielbasa triangles
smoky paprika oil

With a toothpick, spear one arugula leaf, one tortellini into kielbasa triangle. Using a squirt bottle, or teaspoon, dot paprika oil around dish and onto tortellini.

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