Traditional Food in Poland

  • 02.05.2023
  • Events, What to do in Krakow

Pierogi, zurek, zapiekanka and more delicious meals. Polish cuisine is rich and delicious. Forget about counting calories and start discovering amazing polish tastes!

1. Bigos

Eating bigos is almost an obligatory point of the visit to Poland. The most important thing is that bigos should be made according to tradition – it should consist of good sauerkraut, a lot of meat, forest mushrooms, dried plums and specific spices. It is safe to say that bigos is a trademark of Polish cuisine. Although bigos is this type of dish, which always includes several basic ingredients, each housewife can still come out with something special. Everything depends on the spices and additives that the cook will use to prepare it. It can be seasoned in various ways. You can add garlic, marjoram, mushrooms, sausage and pieces of meat and sometimes wine.

2. Pierogi

Foreigners love Polish dumplings, as well as Polish people, do. This dish probably enjoys its greatest recognition. Pierogi stuffed with meat filling, with sauerkraut and mushrooms, as well as dumplings with cheese or fruit – it’s worth serving with different types of fillings. They can be boiled, baked or fried, with cracklings and without. Also, they vary depending on the region. They can be small, in the form of ears, medium size, but also large. The traditional ones are: Russian, with cabbage and mushrooms and meat ones. They can be found in a sweet version too: with cheese, fruit, plum jam. The rich variety of stuffings helps everyone find their perfect pierogi.

3. Żurek

Żurek is the flagship dish of Old Polish cuisine and at the same time one of the most well-known Polish soups. The traditional soup is made of whole-blood sourdough, cooked with mushrooms, served with potatoes, hard-boiled pork and a hard-boiled egg. It has a distinctive sour taste. Depending on the region, it can be whitened with milk or cream, and it may also have additives such as: dried mushrooms, boiled sausage, hard-boiled eggs, smoked bacon, ribs or white sausage. The żurek in some parts of Poland is a traditional Easter dish.

4. Zapiekanka

This is an open sandwich made of half of a baguette or other long bread roll, topped with sautéed white mushrooms, cheese and sometimes other ingredients, and toasted until the cheese melts. Served hot with ketchup. It is very popular street food in Poland, which appeared for the first time on the streets of Poland in the 1970’s, but it has enjoyed renewed demand in the 21st century, which has also brought a wider range of varieties and quality. The best zapiekanka in Krakow you can find on the Plac Nowy in Kazimierz District.

5. Placki Ziemniaczane

Potato pancakes can be for sure called a typical Polish dish, which is traditionally prepared from potatoes, flour and eggs. This kind of pancakes is mostly made of grated potatoes. They can be either an addition to meat dishes or an independent dish served with mushroom sauce and any salads. This dish is present in many different variations: Sweet potato pancakes – with the addition of milk, sugar or fruit syrup, Potato pancakes with a salty taste – with the addition of salt and pepper, Potato pancakes on a brioche – with meat and meat-vegetable sauces or with sausage, bacon and greens. You also have an opportunity to have fun and eat this tasty dish on November 13 when the Potato pancakes Day is celebrated in Poland.


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