A Guide to a Polish Meal

The diversity of Polish cuisine is apparent from the sheer number of choices of dishes that are available in each and every course of a meal.

This diversity is not only skin deep; it is also highly nutritious. Almost every Polish dish is made combining something from all the four basic food groups; proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins.

The First Course

To start with, the first course or the appetizer, you will be taken aback by the variety of soups that are on offer. You have the simpler ones like Zupa ogorkowa or hot cucumber soup, Kapuniak or sour cabbage soup or Krupnik or barley soup with a dash of vegetables and smoked meat.

The Main Polish Course

The Poles are heavily onto meat and nowhere is their likings more evident than in the main course. Here you have the most amazing array of non-vegetarian dishes. However, the vegans need not fret for the Polish cuisine also offers vegetable dishes too.

Amidst the meaty dishes, there is Baranina, a favorite with the mountain folks. It is a very simple dish of grilled or roasted lamb, which makes for a hassle-free preparation. Fasolka po bretonsku, which is a bean and sausage stew, Zrazy zawijane, which is rolled fillets of hashed veal in a spicy sauce and Eberka w miodzie or honeyed pork ribs are some more easy to whip up Polish dishes.

Some traditional Polish meat dishes are Bigos, an appetizing stew with various kinds of meats and sausages; Kotlet schabowy, a form of pork cutlet and Pierogi, which is a dumpling filled with meat, cheese, mushrooms or strawberries.

Ending on a Sweet Note

For those with a sweet tooth, Poland won’t disappoint you. Here you will get motley of desserts ranging from cakes, doughnuts, cookies, rolls and breads.

Sernik is a type of raisin-covered and orange flavored cheesecake, while Babka is a raisin-covered, sugary cake, which has a fan following even in the United States. Makowiec or Strucla Z Makiem is a traditional Christmas fare, which is a crunchy sugar frosted cake filled with poppy seeds, nuts and raisins.

Taken from: Poland for Visitors


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