It is difficult to talk about pure Polish cuisine. Polish cuisine contains elements of various cooking traditions coming from different countries. It is due to geographical reasons, the elements of Russian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian or Hungarian cuisines, Italian, French and German, Jewish or Turkish influence.
There is no one single Polish cuisine, but rather a variety of typical and traditional dishes. If you want to try traditional Polish cuisine, quit counting your calories. Typical meals in Warsaw are very hearty and often contain a lot of meat. Just choosing them is enough to find out that they are really delicious and worth putting on a few ounces.
Polish cuisine has always known a way to renew itself, to become richer without forsaking ancestral tradition. Bulks of spices have always been used in Poland, allowing simple variations of tastes, aromas and colors. The most recommendable dishes are: bigos, kotlet schabowy, pierogi and gołąbki. Poles feature that their two basic products are bread and sausages. Definitely you must try traditional Polish bread, which taste like no other bread in the world.
The most common ingredients used in Polish cuisine are sauerkraut, beetroot, cucumbers (gherkins), sour cream, kohlrabi, mushrooms, sausages and smoked sausage. A meal owes it flavor to the herbs and spices used; such as marjoram, dill, caraway seeds, parsley, or pepper. The most popular desserts are cakes and pastries. A shot of vodka is an appropriate addition to festive meals and help you to digest the food.
Meal always starts with soup.
Chłodnik litewski – a cold soup made with red beet and yoghurt served with a hardboiled egg.
Żurek – made with fermented rye flour with potato, flavored with marjoram and served with eggs and sausages.
Kapuśniak – a typical Polish winter soup based on sauerkaut, ribs, mushrooms and onions.
Bigos – It is a Poland’s national dish. A mixture of fresh cabbage, mushrooms, sauerkraut and with chunks of various meats and sausages cooked all at once in the same pot, an extremely traditional.
Pierogi – the famous traditional small white dumplings, larger than ravioli, filled with sauerkraut with mushrooms, meat, cabbage, cheese and potatoes or with fruit.
Kotlet Schabowy – a classic Polish dinner accompanied by puree, tomatoes and a side dish of hot cabbage or a mixed salad.
Sernik – a delicious fat cheese cake.
Pączki – Polish version of doughnuts filled with rose jam.
Makowiec – famous sweet cake made with poppy seed.