Polish cuisine has evolved over the centuries to become very eclectic due to Poland's history. It shares many similarities with other Slavic and Central European countries. But the fact is the fact: after tasting its tasty dishes, you will, most probably, regret you were born not in Poland! So if you are planning to visit this wonderful (and delicious) country, make sure that you will explore its local food as well! But before - read our exclusive list of 5 Most delicious Polish foods!
1. Pierogi (Polish dumplings)
Probaby, pierogi is the most famous Polish dish abroad, as well as the favourite one among Polish people. And if you ever taste it, you will understand why! Basically, pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, at which point they can be served with melted butter or various toppings, or then fried with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. This is an old traditional Slavic dish that also has a deep symbolical meaning. It always cooked on holidays, such as Christmas.
2. Rosół (broth/ chicken soup)
Rosół is a traditional Polish meat broth. The most popular variety is "rosół z kury", or clear chicken soup. It is commonly served with fine noodles. A vegetarian version can be made, substituting meat with oil or butter. It is one of the most popular Polish soups and is served on family dinners and also is a traditional soup for weddings. It is also said to be a great remedy if one catches a cold. This dish is centuries old and nowadays is an important part of Polish gastronomic culture.
3. Gołąbki (cabbage roll)
Gołąbki is a cabbage roll common in Polish cuisine made from lightly soft boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced pork or beef, chopped onions, and rice or barley, which are baked in a casserole dish and are usually served with a creamy tomato sauce. Gołąbki are often served during the Christmas season and on festive occasions such as weddings.
Polish myth holds that the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Casimir IV, fed his army with gołąbki before a key battle of the Thirteen Years' War outside of Malbork Castle against the Teutonic Order, victory stemming from the strength of the hearty meal.
4. Naleśniki (Polish pancakes)
Naleśniki is a name for Polish pancakes, which are in fact, not very much different from the ones we have used to. They are usually baked very thin, so they can be rolled later. Naleśniki are usually stuffed with sweet cottage cheese, jam, fruits, as well as with meat, mushrooms and vegetables. Mostly served with sour cream.
5. Placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes)
Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. May be also topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or may be served ungarnished. In Poland, they are often topped with meat sauce, pork crisps or goulash, as well as sour cream, apple sauce, mushroom sauce, and cottage or sheep's cheese or even fruit syrup. This is an old and traditional for Polish cuisine dish. In the 17th-century, it was a food staple at Polish monasteries.
It may look unusual, but it is very, VERY delicious! Once you try it, you will want more for sure! Polish cuisine is tasty, so while travelling to this beautiful country, don't miss your chance to discover all of its flavours!