One of the most underrated cuisines in the world is Polish food. The cold country’s history with food is rich, focusing on homemade dishes that are certain to warm you up. From the global favorite Pierogi to the less known Bigos, you shouldn’t miss on local food during your next escorted tour to Poland.
There’s a lot to try — so don’t get overwhelmed! We’ve compiled this simple guide to get you started on Polish basics that everyone loves. We guarantee an exciting experience.
Kiełbasa (Polish Sausage)
Kielbasa is a staple in Polish diets. In the US, Kielbasa refers to a smoked, cured sausage made from pork. However, Polish people refer to any local sausage as Kielbasa. There are so many kinds of Kielbasa that you can try out!
A popular classic is Krakowska (from Krakow), a straight, thick sausage that is smoked with pepper and garlic and gives the eater a great kick. On the other hand, Kabanos is a thin variety that is air-dried and can be eaten on its own for a milder experience.
Bigos (Hunter’s stew)
The name says it all! Bigos is a hearty stew that will fill you up and keep you feeling energetic. The recipe is different for every chef who tries their hand at it; because it’s made using an assortment of meat.
The meat is simmered with pickled cabbage and sauerkraut. The stew is then refreshed with fresh cabbage to lighten up the fermentation. It’s often served with rye bread or boiled potatoes. Modern versions of this dish in Poland are usually sent out in bread bowls and paired with vodka.
Pączki (Polish donuts)
Paczki is the Polish version of doughnuts — but they’re so much more than that! They’re formed as round dough balls that are then deep-fried until golden. They can be covered in sugar, icing, glaze, or dried orange zest traditionally. However, in Polish bakeries, now you’ll find decorate and filled Paczkis for a modern twist.
What makes these dough balls especially sumptuous is that the dough is made with tons of fat, eggs, and sugar. This makes the result sweet, velvety, and luxurious.
Pierogis (Polish dumplings)
Pierogis are the quintessential Polish food you must try when you visit the country. Even though versions of it may be available near you, the authentic flavor can only be found in Poland. This Christmas favorite is made of thinly rolled out dough and then stuffed with your choice of fillings.
From fruit like blueberries, strawberries, and cherries to lean meat, cheese or potatoes, Pierogis are the ultimate warm food you need on a cold day!
We don’t know about you, but thinking about all this food definitely has us starving! Start booking your next American Polish tour with us to try all these varieties of Polish Cuisine. Our Poland tour company services include booking meals, rooms, transportation and providing guided tours. Contact us now to get started.