Most popular Polish vegetables

What is the must have of each Polish housewife? To prepare an every day soup or Sunday broth, you need these popular in Poland vegetables. Check if you know their Polish names!

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Polish Pickle Cucumber Salad

Yesterday was the last day of Summer:( In order to keep some Summer tastes for short cold Winter days, I made Polish Pickle Cucumber Salad. Canning has a long story in Poland, Polish housewives from 1980ties and 1990ties all the Summer were busy with packing cucumbers, red peppers, forest mushrooms, jams and compotes into jars. I remember pickled cucumber salad my Mum prepared those days, it was called Swedish Salad and had cucumbers and carrots in vinegar solution. My version has also red peppers and onions. Try this recipe, you will have crunchy spicy vegetables to reach for and accompany your meals in Winter.

You may also like simple and easy recipe for Quick Pickled Cabbage, that is ready on the very next day from preparing. I don’t preserve it, it can be stored in a fridge even for a month.

Polish pickle salad in jars.
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Polish Yeast Sweet Rolls

Plum & Cheese Yeast Rolls

Sunday afternoon is a perfect time for Polish Yeast Sweet Rolls. This kind of rolls are very popular in Poland to have it for ‘second breakfast’ at school or in the office.

For more Polish desserts check: http://cookinpolish.com/category/recipes/desserts/.

Polish Yeast Rolls with cheese and plums served on the plate.
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5 kinds of Polish Potato Dumplings to love

Review of Polish Potato Dumplings – check if you know them all!

Potatoes are one of the most popular food ingredient in Poland. They are cheap and can be easily stored during winter. Potatoes may be easily called a poor food. In the cities you can have pasta and rice more often, but in historically poorer countryside – you have potatoes! It is a popular side dish and a start to many other dishes, such as delicious Potatoe pie, Polish Farmer’s Casserole with sausages or: Polish potato dumplings. Check if you know all 5 kinds of Polish Potato Dumplings, I’m sure you will love it.

There is a whole variety of Polish potato dumplings, they vary in size and ingredients, whether cooked or raw potatoes are used, what kind of flour is used and is it served as a side dish or a main course.

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Kartacze – Polish Potato Dumplings

Kartacze – Polish Potato Dumplings are made of raw potatoes with small (or non) addition of cooked ones. They are regional dish in Podlasie – North- Western part of Poland. Go to Białystok to try the best Kartacze ever:) Or make them yourself:)

In my family house we called them Kołduny, so the naming may vary:) My Grandma and Mum were born and raised on the present territory of Belarus, but back then it was Poland, language and cuisines mixed. Kartacze can also be called Cepeliny (dish with Lithuanian origins).

There is a range of Polish potato dumplings, they vary in size and ingredients, whether cooked or raw potatoes are used, what kind of flour is used and is it served as a side dish or a main course. If you are not sure which potato dumplings you like the most, check my short comparison of Polish potato dumplings with pictures and recipes: http://cookinpolish.com/5-kinds-of-polish-potato-dumplings/.

Kartacze Polish Potato Dumplings served on a plate with sauteed onions.
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Polish Redcurrant Kompot

I cooked Polish Redcurrant Kompot, as lately I got a plenty of redcurrant from my friend. Kompot is a drink, that Poles usually drink to dinner. It is served in every Polish office and school’s canteen.

Kompot is a fruit drink made of fresh or dried fruits. Wikipedia says that the tradition of kompot drinking has more than 700 years! The most special kompot is made for Christmas Eve- you cook dried fruits with seasonings like cloves and cinnamon. It smells like Christmas:)

In the Summer when there are many fresh fruits available, you can easily have this nice, healthy, simple drink for kids and adults. You can cook kompot using cherries, apples, rhubarb, strawberries, plums or peaches. You can also mix few different fruits in one pot. It is much better than soda. It’s fresh, with no preservatives and you control the level of sugar, or use healthier sweeteners, such as stevia.

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Polish Plum Yeast Cake

Taste of the childhood in Poland. My Grandma was baking this traditional Polish plum yeast – risen cake on Saturdays afternoons. We were eating still warm piece of cake with cold milk. Yummy:)

You can have this Polish Yeast Cake actually with any seasonal fruits. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb – all will go great with a yeast cake. I love a smell of baking plums, so I choose plums:)

If you prefer apples and crusty desserts you may want to check my Polish Szarlotka recipe.

Polish plum yeast cake on the plate
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Chanterelle Cream Sauce

Last Saturday I found fresh forest chanterelles on a local farmers market. They are not cheap, they cost 60 PLN per 1 kg, which is more than 15 USD. However they are sooo good, that I couldn’t resist:) I was waiting the whole season to cook Chanterelle Cream Sauce.

I had some for delicious scramble eggs for breakfast.

For dinner I cooked cream sauce, which I served with grilled turkey breast, young potatoes and mizeria (cucumber salad). However you can have any nice piece of grilled or fried meat with chanterelle sauce: pork chop, beef steak or pork tenderloin. If you prefer to stick with veggie, potato dumplings, crepe and pasta would go very well with this sauce.

Chanterelle cream sauce on the plate with potatoes and grilled turkey
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Polish Stuffed Zucchini

I remember when I was 6-8 years old, we were spending vacations on our large garden plot and sleeping in a Summer small house. My father was planting tomatoes & cucumbers for sale and other vegetables for our own use. We had zucchinis, but not eating them while they are small, but waiting them to grow to 2-3 kg each:) Then my Mum was cooking Polish Stuffed Zucchini.

Nowadays it is hard to find these big zucchinis in stores, but when I go to Farmers market, I get them from real farmers, not the sellers that buy in wholesalers and just distribute goods. They cost about 1 USD per kilogram.

Polish Stuffed Zucchini was one of the dishes that my Mum made for our big family those days. It was quite cheap to make: you use minced meat mixed with rice, so you can manage on your own the ratio between them:)

Ready baked Polish stuffed zucchini on the plate with tomato sauce.
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Polish Apple Pie – Szarlotka

Polish Apple Pie – Szarlotka is one of the most popular desserts in Polish families and in cafes in Poland. Can be served cold or warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a whipped cream.

This a a recipe of my mother, with one difference: she always topped the pie with meringue.

Cinnamon, taste of butter and a sourness of apples makes Szarlotka a perfect dessert:)

For more Polish desserts check: http://cookinpolish.com/category/recipes/desserts/

Polish apple pie served on the plate with blueberries and mint.
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Polish farmer’s potato and sausage casserole

Polish farmer’s potato and sausage casserole is a simple, but complete dish, with origins in Polish countryside. My Grandma was cooking this casserole for us quite often, I loved it. I still do. It’s a budget dish, the main ingredient are potatoes, which are cheap and filling.

Check more Polish recipes for main dishes on: http://cookinpolish.com/category/recipes/main-courses/

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Kaszanka – Polish black pudding

Polish Kaszanka is a sausage made of pig’s blood and groats (buckwheat or barley). Some cooks add pig’s liver, depending on the region. It’s traditional polish food. Originally it was a dish prepared after pig sticking, to use all the parts of the pig. It has quite high levels of fat and cholesterol, but at the same time it supplements iron and zinc. Use it cautiously and enjoy your Kaszanka – Polish black pudding fried with onion:)

Kaszanka can be served cold, grilled or fried on the pan.

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Pigweed soup

Most of the farmers in Poland would say that Pigweed is just a weed, quite hard to get rid off, and you actually hate it if you plant vegetables. But on the other side, you can have it free, use in the kitchen and have healthy Pigweed soup – Zupę z młodej komosy.

Pigweed soup served on the plate.
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Polish Pork Stew with Kluski Śląskie

Yesterday I cooked Polish Pork Stew with Kluski Śląskie. Silesian Potato dumplings are on the official list of traditional food of Silesian voivodeship. They are easy to prepare and delicious. A pork stew with sauce will make the serving complete, as the sauce is gathering in a dumpling’s hollows and stores the taste:)

Upper Silesia is located at the South of Poland and usually is associated with coal mining. There are many industrial cities, that eventually grew up into a big metropolis. Silesian dialect is hard to understand by other Polish people, that there are debates to recognize it as a different language.
l invite you to try Silesian cuisine.

Polish Pork Stew with Silesian Potato Dumplings served on the plate.
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Polish lard with cracklings

Smalczyk – Polish pork lard with cracklings is made of pork fat, you need to agree: it is not healthy. But as the fat carries a flavor – it is also goood:) Tastes best on rye bread with pickled cucumbers. Yummy.

In Poland lard is served in restaurants with polish traditional food, as a pre-starter. It is something that you get free once you place an order and wait for your food. This Smalczyk is posh and exclusive;)

However the origins of it are not so rosy. In the past people in Polish countryside were poor. When they have a pig killed, they used all the single part of it. A lard made of fat was high caloric bread spread, that gave energy for the whole day of hard work.

Smalczyk on the rye bread served with Małosolne cucumbers
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Young Cabbage Soup on Pork Bones

Young cabbage is sweet and delicate, it is cooking fast. It is not likely to give a stomach problems as may an old cabbage, stewed for hours. In case of young cabbage soup I minimize the seasoning, just to keep the taste natural. Try Young Cabbage Soup cooked on pork bones.

For broth I used pork bones, which are really cheap. You can also buy pork chop with bone, use pork chop for Breaded pork cutlets and use bones for the soup. I remember my Grandma was using bones for soups, the reason were savings and her approach- not to throw away any food and have respect for food.

Traditionally ‘Zasmażka’ can be added to the soup to make it thicker and reach.

young cabbage soup on the plate
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Homemade Polish Paprykarz

Few days ago I prepared Homemade Polish Paprykarz. In Poland during PRL you could buy Paprykarz Szczeciński, which was low quality fish spread with rice. You could take it with you for camping or holidays abroad:) Bulgaria was popular destination in 1980ties, because of the fact that Poland and Bulgaria were under the same communistic regime and there were restrictions on traveling to Western Europe.

You can still buy Paprykarz in stores, which looks a little bit better if you check ingredients, but I invite you to prepare it yourself at home:)

You may also like Polish Smoked Mackerel Bread Spread.

Bread with paprykarz
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Botwinka – Young beet leaves soup

In June vegetables are still fresh and young. I use the last days before Summer to prepare Botwinka- traditional Polish soup made of young beets and beet leaves.

Botwinka young beet leaves soup served with sweet cream
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Lithuanian Cold Borsch

Lithuanian Cold Borsch is my soup number one in Summer. When there is hot outside, you will love cold cooling soup made of beets and beet’s leaves, buttermilk and Spring greens: dill, spring onions and cucumber.

If you like Cold Borsch, check my favorite Summer dish: Polish Plum Potato Dumplings – Knedle ze śliwkami.

Cold Lithuanian Borsch served in a bowl with hard boiled egg
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Polish shortly fermented cucumbers

Ogórki małosolne

This is a classic of Polish seasonal cuisine:) Fresh and healthy Polish shortly fermented cucumbers are easy to prepare and delicious. Once you try them – you’ll love them.

Małosolne often accompany vodka and herring with onion on old style meetings:) During PRL you were not supposed to buy only vodka in restaurants, you had to buy also some kind of appetizer, herring and pickled or fermented cucumbers were the most popular:)

Polish shortly pickled cucumbers in a jar
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