Polish Strawberry Jam

Strawberries got much cheaper, as they are in full season. To preserve this deliciousness for Winter, I made Polish strawberry jam, exactly as my Mom used to make in my childhood. With no jelling sugar, simple and short list of ingredients. Sugar and lemon juice are preservatives, they help to preserve jam over Winter. Although I added one magic ingredient, that makes strawberry jam taste exceptional and it was.. butter. Try that trick and you’ll never use the other method:)

My Polish strawberry jam is spreadable, I use it just like butter with bread and butter. It’s great with pancakes, waffles and cakes. And what’s most important it tastes amazing!

Strawberry jam ready
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Polish Ukrainian Borscht

Barszcz Ukraiński

This is my mom’s version of Barszcz Ukraiński. Polish Ukrainian Borscht is probably more Polish than Ukrainian, this is just a soup that we call Barszcz Ukraiński. Compared to typical Polish barszcz there is more vegetables and for me, the main difference is that we add white beans to Polish Ukrainian Borscht.

Try this hearty soup, it’s healthy and nutritious. It can be a complete meal itself, it’s fulling and comforting.

For other Polish soups try this link: Polish Soups.

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Lazy pierogi

Leniwe pierogi, leniwe kluski

Lazy pierogi are a treat to many Polish kids. They are delicate in texture, they taste great with breadcrumbs sauteed in butter. If you are serving lazy pierogi for kids – sugar is necessary, for many adults too 😀

The main ingredient is twaróg– Polish farmer’s cheese. What to do if you don’t have twaróg? You can still enjoy lazy pierogi using ricotta cheese.

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Spare Ribs and Sauerkraut

In Winter I love eating sauerkraut and I often cook it. I like Fuczki – fritters with sauerkraut, I like Sauerkraut croquettes and I like Spare ribs and sauerkraut. It’s complete dish for the whole family, filling, hearty and comforting. I try to buy lean spare ribs, as they are rather fat in their nature. Sauerkraut is tangy, sour, sauteed caramelized onions give sweetness, can you smell it now? 🙂

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Bean and Sausage Soup

Zupa z fasoli “Piękny Jaś”

Once I came across fresh large bean on the local farmer market, I wanted to cook bean and sausage soup. The bean was called Piękny Jaś, meaning: Handsome Johnny:) This flat, kidney-shaped bean is white, large, delicate and a little bit sweat in taste. It is actually a regional specialty, specific to south of Poland, original Piękny Jaś is the one grown in Nowy Sącz areas.

bean soup served on the plate
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Creamy Horseradish Soup

The story of my Creamy horseradish soup is short – I heard about in a tv show by Magda Gessler – she is doing this popular show on restaurants makeover in Poland – Kuchenne Rewolucje, I just thought this soup must have been good. One day I put a pot with water and chicken on the stovetop and then I checked that I didn’t have any carrot left at home! I had only white vegetables, so I decided that this is the moment, I’m gonna make my own version of horseradish soup. And you know, it turned out just perfect:) A little bit like Easter Żurek, I added fresh sausage and hard boiled egg on the side – they suit so good here!

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Grandma’s Potato & Cheese Pierogi

Today there is something special for you, a great guest on my blog, let me introduce you my friend’s Grandma. She is leaving in the Eastern Poland in Włodawa, near Belarus and Ukrainian border and has made thousands of pierogi in her life:) Her favorite are Pierogi Ruskie, made with potato and cheese filling. Ladies and Gentelmen, best Grandma’s Potato & Cheese Pierogi!

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Kwaśnica – Polish Sauerkraut Soup

Winter school break in Poland has just finished. This year there was not much snow or almost not at all, the only destination for skiing was Mountains. Zakopane, Karpacz, Białka and Bukowina Tatrzańska – these are the most popular Winter resorts, that deserve to go, you can feel and see there the magic of Polish Winter. And of course you can eat there something delicious, specific to this region:) Polish highlanders cuisine is not sophisticated. There is lots of cabbage used, potatoes, sheep cheese – oscypek and sheep meat. I love most of these dishes, but eating Kwaśnica is a must for me when I’m in mountains. Kwaśnica – Polish Sauerkraut Soup is cooked with lots of meat. It is quite fat, perfect to get warm and comfort yourself after a whole day of skiing.

Lately I gathered most delicious Polish soups all together here: 10 Traditional Polish Soups, try them all and decide which one you like the most:)

Kwaśnica served in a dish
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Boiled Polish Smoked Kiełbasa

Polish smoked sausage is always good, but if you need a quick and easy dinner, buy few pieces and serve it boiled. For boiled Polish smoked kiełbasa choose good kind of sausage. In Poland there is a lot of them, but you need to be careful and check the ingredients, as producers are often trying to save and put many strange and unwanted food enhancers in it.

Boiled Polish Smoked Kiełbasa tastes best with horseradish and mustard. Choose the level of intensity of both to your taste. I like strong horseradish sauce and a mustard with character. In Poland I buy a mustard called Russian, for it being really strong.

You may also like to check Bigos recipe: Polish Hunter’s Stew.

Boiled Polish smoked kiełbasa served with horseradish and bread
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Sauerkraut and Mushroom Croquettes

Krokiety z kapustą i grzybami

Sauerkraut and Mushroom Croquettes are one of the staple dishes in Poland for Wigilia. We serve it to Beets Borscht instead of Uszka. If you changed the filling to meat, you can just have it for family dinner as a separate dish or with chicken soup. There is quite a lot of frying involved, so I limit krokiety in my diet to few times a year.

Sauerkraut and Mushroom Croquettes served on the plate
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Polish Pork Stew

In Poland we love one pot dishes, just like this one: Polish Pork Stew. You invest your time once and get a dinner for a whole family and friends and few extra servings to take to work the next week:)

Check other Polish main courses here: Polish Dinner.

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Polish Beans with Kiełbasa

Fasolka po Bretońsku

The recipe for Polish Beans with Kiełbasa is very easy, there is a lot of freedom involved, you can add more beans or more kiełbasa or seasoning according to your taste. Once you make it, you won’t need a recipe any more. Making is quite intuitive, try and let me know in comments how you liked it.

Let’s be honest, this is not a dietetic food;) Beans and sausage? But once in a while – why not? It will bring you back to your childhood and mom’s and grandma’s cooking. At least I have this feeling. I remember that my mom in Fasolka po bretońsku used all the meat leftovers, which I hated, because she had tended to use too much fat. Those days it was quite hard to feed a multi-generational family of 7-8 people, so all the food was used, no throwing away a thing.

For more Polish comfort food, check the link: Comfort Food.

Polish baked beans with kiełbasa served in a bowl.
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Polish Oven Roasted Sausage and Sauerkraut

Polska Kiełbasa Zapiekana z Kapustą Kiszoną

Polish Oven Roasted Sausage and Sauerkraut is a perfect idea for Autumn and Winter warming, hearty and comforting Polish meal. Choose good Polish smoked kiełbasa – it should have some fat in it, to spread the taste all over the sauerkraut and make the dish complete:)

Don’t forget to add caraway seeds – in Polish: kminek. As the cabbage is rather hard to digest and can cause gases, caraway seeds are here to help you and ease your stomach.

Check other ideas for Polish comfort food: http://cookinpolish.com/category/recipes/autumn-food-recipes/.

baked kiełbasa over Sauerkraut served on a folk plate.
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Rosół and Drop Noodles

Rosół z kluskami lanymi

Rosół with Drop Noodles is a special homemade soup in many Polish families. It reminds our Grandmas and childhood. One of the readers on facebook said: “First soup and noodle making lesson I had, standing on a stool, at the stove with my babciu”. Thank you DaMo!

Rosół in Poland is the best medicine, if you are cold or get a flu, your Polish Mama would start making rosół, to take care of you in the best way she knows:)

Kluski lane are easy to make, they will be great in other soups as well. You can prepare them in few minutes, so if you suddenly run out of pasta, you will be fine with this recipe:)

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Zamojskie Buckwheat Dumplings

Dumplings are Polish favorite dish. They can have a whole range of fillings: sauerkraut, meat, farmers cheese, fruits. For Christmas Eve meatless pierogi should be on your menu:) They can be served with Beets Borscht.

I had Zamojskie Buckwheat Dumplings for the first time when I was in college. I went with other students for hiking in Bieszczady Mountains. On a way back my friend Kasia took me to her hometown: Krasnystaw, near Lublin and Zamość. Her mum cooked Buckwheat Dumplings and they were delicious. My new favorite dumpling flavor:)

Lately I found out that buckwheat dumplings are specialty of this area of Poland. They are called Zamojskie (from Zamość), and sometimes Lubelskie (from Lublin).

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Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup is a great seasonal food idea for Autumn. If you happen to get fresh wild mushrooms you need to try it. The add of barley makes the soup more filing and comforting in chilling weather.

In September my friend Agnieszka took me to her old Summer place at the end of small Masovian village. She did not go to this place for few years, it appeared that a lot of young trees have grown there, most of all – spruces. How surprised we were to find a lot of Slippery Jacks all over the place:)

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Polish Farmers Goulash Soup

Polish Farmers Goulash Soup is a thick, full of meat, country style soup, filling and warming, perfect in Autumn. It is one pot dish, a complete meal: you got meat, potatoes and vegetables inside.

For more Autumn recipes check a new section on my blog: Autumn food.

Polish goulash soup served in a bowl
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Polish Tomato Soup

When there is a season for tomatoes, we should use it and cook this gorgeous Tomato soup with fresh tomatoes. In winter and in spring, or when you are just tired and you need to put quickly dinner on the table – then you can cook traditional Polish Tomato Soup. The soup is more related to PRL tradition, but still – it is one of the most favorite Polish soups.

People in Poland laugh that when we have a chicken broth on Sunday, then on Monday we eat tomato soup:) Yes, actually it is as easy as this: if you add tomato concentrate to the broth – your budget tomato soup is ready:)

Poles cannot agree whether tomato soup should be served with rice or rather with pasta:) In my family house we used to have it with rice, but I like both options:)

Polish tomato soup served on the plate with pasta
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Fresh Tomato Soup

Last days of summer and the beginning of autumn is a perfect time to cook Fresh Tomato Soup. In the middle of the season tomatoes are cheap and beautiful, there is a whole range of tomato species available. Remember to choose only the ripest pieces of your favorite tomatoes. They may be soft and not really best looking, but believe me, they will make delicious soup.

Check also winter version of Polish Tomato Soup with tomato concentrate. Believe me, it is also delicious:)

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Polish Split Peas Soup

Autumn food needs to be warming, filling and thick. It needs to be comforting during long, dark, chilling evenings. And this is exactly what Polish split peas soup is. I cook it on pork bones, I simmer bones for few hours, to get a really reach stock. I invite you to check Grochówka.

Polish split peas soup recipe is under a new section on my blog: Autumn food. As this is the first Autumn of CookINPolish.com, this section is going to enlarge prospectively. Subscribe to my newsletter not to miss a recipe. I will be happy to see new subscribers:)

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