About Polish Food
Traditional Polish cuisine is complete bomb of calories, but if you try it once, you will not be able to resist the temptation to eat it again.
It involves a variety of meats (chicken, pork, beef) and is widely known for its delicious sausages (better than German!) and exceptional bread.
Read below to learn about our top 10 best Polish foods prepared using traditional recipes:
1. Pierogi (Polish dumplings)
These are dumplings made of thinly rolled dough and filled with numerous different fillings. Meat, sauerkraut and mushrooms, seasonal fruit (blueberries, strawberries and cherries), buckwheat, sweet cottage cheese or boiled potatoes with fried onions (called Russian dumplings) are some of the most popular fillings. Pierogi is a traditional Polish food Chicago residents love that is always served for Christmas.
2. Rosół (broth/ chicken soup)
Rosół is the soup most frequently served in Poland. It is at its best on cold days after Sunday church. It is very quick and simple to make, frequently served with homemade noodles. The ingredients required for the soup are water, any piece of chicken, green celery, parsley, cabbage, small leek, onion, salt and pepper.
3. Gołąbki (cabbage roll)
Gołąbki is made of minced pork with some rice, onion, mushrooms, wrapped in white cabbage leavesand is a typical traditional Polish food. There are numerous variations of fillings like mutton, poultry, or meatless. Cabbage are simmered / fried in fat prior to serving.
4. Polskie naleśniki (Polish pancakes)
Polish pancakes are quite thin and are generally served with either cheese, quark pre-mixed with sugar, jam, fruits and powdered sugar or with meat and vegetables- all equally delicious.
5. Łazanki z kapustą i grzybami
It is a simple dish that consists of cabbage, pork meat, homemade pasta noodles and vegetables (sliced carrot and chopped onions). It is easy to make and absolutely wonderful.
6. Śledź w oleju z cebulą (herring in oil with onion)
Herring is a fish that can be prepared in multiple manners. But in Poland, there are two traditional preparations for serving herring, either with oil and garlic or with sour cream and pickled onions.
7. Bigos (Hunter’s stew)
This dish is very traditional in Polish cuisine and its basic ingredients are sauerkraut, fresh cabbage (sometimes only sauerkraut is used), a variety of meat and sausages, dried mushrooms, onions, prunes, and spices.
8. Kotlet schabowy (breaded pork cutlet)
Kotlet schabowy is one of oldest and most delicious Polish foods. The breaded pork cutlet is first coated with breadcrumbs (served with or without bones) and may be served with buttered potatoes and cabbage salad as perfect accompaniments. Try to eat chicken cutlet made in the same way if you don’t like pork meat.
9. Gulasz (Goulash)
Although originally from Hungary, this Polish version of the recipe has been modified slightly. It is a meat stew served with vegetables and potatoes, seasoned with fried onion and peppers.
10. Dessert – Polish croissant cookies
You can try traditional Polish croissant cookies if you are craving a sweet treat for your snack time. They are made of puff pastry or yeast and filled with jam.
Have you ever tasted Polish food? If so, what was your favorite dish? Tell us about your food experience!
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